Hollywood beauty Elisha Cuthbert's fiance TRACE AYALA insists the couple are still engaged, despite reports their romance is in trouble.

The GIRL NEXT DOOR actress, 23, and 25-year-old Ayala - best pal and business partner of JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - became engaged last year (04).

In recent weeks, Cuthbert has been spotted without her engagement ring or Ayala, who was recently photographed leaving a cinema with newly-single singer Jessica Simpson.

However, Ayala tells America's People magazine, "Neither one of us is in a hurry to get married.

"We've both got so much going on right now. I love her to death, so whatever happens, happens."