Backstreet Boys hunk Nick Carter has laughed off reports off a split with socialite PARIS HILTON - despite understanding why the media expects them to call time on their romance.

The I WANT IT THAT WAY hitmaker has been dating The Simple Life reality TV star since December (03) and has since become a regular feature in gossip columns.

Carter told E! columnist Ted Casablanca he understood the media was skeptical about the intensity of their love, because he has been linked with so many females including singer Willa Ford.

Carter says, "The break-up rumours are spreading just because it has lasted so long, and it's not really typical of me - or her - to be together with somebody for that long.

"People are getting kind of weird about it."

14/06/2004 13:48