LATEST: BACKSTREET BOY NICK CARTER has laughed off reports he is on the verge of marrying Chinese screen siren Bai Ling.

The false reports circulated after Hong Kong newspaper the Daily Apple quoted the SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW star saying she was engaged to Carter - but both parties insist Ling was falsely quoted.

A statement issued by Carter's publicist JULIETTE HARRIS reads: "A representative from Bai Ling's camp informed Carter's rep that she never said the things that were reported."

Carter adds, "We are just friends and I'm dating (other women), but would love to meet a great girl that has her life in order and understands my career goals."