Sean Combs and Cassie Ventura
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07/25/2008 AT 09:10 AM EDT
" Combs is not engaged to singer Cassandra "Cassie" Ventura, despite some published reports to the contrary, a representative for the music mogul tells PEOPLE.
"Contrary to tabloid reports, there is no engagement. This was a complete fabrication," states Combs's rep.
Combs, 38, signed the singer, now 21, to his label Bad Boy Records, which released her debut album Cassie
Still, as Ventura told PEOPLE July 9 at DJ Cassidy's birthday party in Manhattan: "We are not together, but we are definitely friends."
She also said, "We work hard together, so it makes a good combo."