Despite online reports that Gossip Girl hunk Chace Crawford was overheard telling fellow partygoers at Monday’s Angel Ball in NYC that he and new gal-pal, country cutie Carrie Underwood, aren’t really a couple, a friend of the steely-eyed actor not only confirms to OK! that “Chace is still happily with his new girlfriend,” but also reveals the rumor’s source.

According to Chace’s buddy, any talk of tension with his American Idol-winning girlfriend was started by a friend of 19-year-old 30 Rock actress Katrina Bowden, who insiders say has a crush on Chace. “They were both at the Angel Ball on Monday, and one of Katrina’s girlfriends started telling anyone that would listen that Chace said he’s not really with Carrie.”

Which, Chace’s friend tells OK!, couldn’t be further from the truth. “He’s really happy in this new relationship and is nice to everyone, so it’s sad when people spread false rumors like this.”


Meanwhile, OK! hopes Chace isn’t planning on bringing Carrie home for Thanksgiving — because it might be a little awkward. When OK! caught up with the 22-year-old actor earlier in the week, he revealed that he plans to go back to Dallas to see his family, where he’ll take part in annual traditions such as “a lot of eating, and maybe watch the Cowboys football game.” Remember, until very recently, Carrie was romantically linked to hunky Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, which may make for some tense viewing around the Crawford household.

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