A representative for Sophia Bush has brushed off a U.S. report linking the actress to Josh Hutcherson, insisting the stars are longterm friends.

Editors at America's Star magazine reported this week (begs14Jan13) that the actor had "fallen head over heels" for the former One Tree Hill beauty and had recently taken her to Hawaii for a romantic vacation.

Bush's spokesperson has moved swiftly to dismiss the rumours, telling GossipCop.com the pair was on a trip with a number of other pals.

The rep adds, "It's not true. They've been friends for years. There was a group of eight people (on the trip)."