Nicole Scherzinger-Chris Brown kissing: a friendly peck?

London: Singer Nicole Scherzinger has opened up about the recent pictures that appeared to show her kissing Chris Brown, insisting they are just friends.

The 34-year-old, who is dating British racing driver Lewis Hamilton, was linked to Brown after images emerged of them talking together at a nightclub in Los Angeles last month. The pictures showed the R&B singer leaning in to kiss Scherzinger on the cheek.

However she is adamant that their relationship is purely platonic.

"You are always going to have people saying something or having a picture. But it is complete dross (garbage) if you and your partner know what the truth is," a website has quoted Scherzinger as saying.

"Chris Brown and I are definitely just mates - I have known him since he was younger than 16. We were just talking. Even my mum said, `I saw a picture of you`," she added.