Lewis Hamilton: It's madness that I can't say goodbye to a female friend without it being seen as a mystery kiss
The Formula 1 star insists he was simply saying goodbye to his long-term pal Phreeda Sharp, who he knows from back home in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
'Just seen some stories online today. Phreeda is like my sister, a good mate to me n Nicole,' Tweets Lewis, 27.
'Can't say goodbye 2 friends without it being seen as a mystery kiss. Next time may have 2 shake hands!! Madness!'
Lewis had been partying at nightclub Funky Buddha until 3am before making his way to the nearby May Fair Hotel, where the photos were taken.
Rapper Phreeda says there's no way she'd have hooked up with the racing driver.
'I am not dating Lewis Hamilton,' she tells the Daily Mirror.
'He is like my brother.'