Los Angeles - Naomi Campbell loves Idris Elba "dearly".
The 45-year-old supermodel has laughed off reports she is dating the Luther actor - who recently split from girlfriend Naiyana Garth - because they have been friends for so long and she would never think of him in that way.
She said: "I don't know why [people thought we were dating]. Because I've known Idris for like for 10 to 15 years, 15 years. And when he takes a picture of me on my fashion events for my charity, no problem there.
"All of a sudden, bing-bam-boom, we're a couple. It's craziness. I mean we are very good friends. I trust him. We have a great friendship.
"I mean, I've never had the press push me to be with someone and it's so wrong.
"I love him as a friend dearly. I always will. So that part they got right but they got it in all the wrong context."
Naomi is incredibly proud of the 43-year-old actor but wishes he had received more recognition for his "brilliant" work.
She told E! News: "And I'm so happy for all the success he's having because he's bloody brilliant. He deserves it. I'm sorry he didn't get that BAFTA, he deserved that BAFTA in England."
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