Actress Lucy Liu was obliged to return gifts to friends who believed rumours she was engaged to ex-boyfriend ZACH HELM.

The KILL BILL star, who has recently rubbished speculation of romance with Hollywood actor George Clooney, resented the media rumour-mill which caused her untold embarrassment.

She says, "Zach and I were together for a long time, but we were never engaged.

"I know it was reported that we were, which was unfortunate because I got a bunch of gifts from people saying, 'Congratulations on your wedding!' and it was like, 'We're not engaged.'

"It was so awkward and weird."