Los Angeles - Taylor Swift and Zac Efron have enjoyed a flirty dinner date.
The Safe and Sound
hitmaker and the New Year's Eve
star - who have been friends for years - were spotted sharing a romantic corner table at Los Angeles restaurant place earlier this month.
A source told US Weekly
the pair - who arrived together in Zac's Audi -"were deep in conversation and very giggly".
However, friends of Zac, 24, and 22-year-old Taylor claimed the pair were just enjoying a friendly night out.
One pal said: "They were in LA doing press stuff together, and after they were done, they decided to grab dinner."
Another friend added: "They have been friends a long time. Taylor thinks Zac's cute...[but] they are on totally different wavelengths."
Zac previously dated his High School Musical
co-star Vanessa Hudgens while Taylor has endured a string of heartbreak, most recently when she was dumped by Jake Gyllenhaal in late 2010.
Speaking about her forthcoming album, Taylor alluded to their short lived relationship.
She said: "There's just been this earth-shattering, not recent, but absolute crash-and-burn heartbreak and that will turn out to be what the next album is about.
"The only way that I can feel better about myself - pull myself out of that awful pain of losing someone - is writing songs about it to get some sort of clarity."