Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle: Dating in Real Life?

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They're both newly-separated, and admittedly close ... so it could happen, right?

Maybe someday, but for now, our apologies to Gossip Girl fans who want Lily and Rufus to be a couple in real life and onscreen... Kelly Rutherford says it's not so.

"We love each other... but only as friends!" she told E! Online about her relationship with co-star Matthew Settle at last night's Chagoury Couture fashion show.

Although both are newly single parents after weathering messy separations from their spouses, Kelly says the sparks stop flying when the cameras stop rolling.

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Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle: Very close ... but only platonic.

"You do it so much in the office, you don't need to do it when you go home," she said, then on an unrelated note, gave props to new single mama Sandra Bullock.

"I think it's such a wonderful thing...to have this beautiful little boy in her life and focus on him," she said of her decision to adopt baby Louis from New Orleans.

"It's certainly helped me through a tough time."

Fellow partygoer Paris Hilton was succinct when asked for her thoughts on Sandra divorcing Jesse James: "I would dump him, too!" the newly single heiress said.

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