eddie murphy & rocsi diaz*Last week when 51 year-old Eddie Murphy and 28 year-old Rocsi Diaz when spotted hand in hand coming out of a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf outlet on LA’s Westside, it ignited rumors that the two were an item.

Of course in Hollywood, the first impulse is to deny and that was certainly the case. Here’s what Diaz told Global Grind: “We are not dating we were just getting coffee.”

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Riiiggghhhttt, and Eskimos need refrigerators.

We’re not sure what’s really behind the denial …. maybe they’re pretending not to be an item until Eddie is comfortable enough with the situation to make it official. We say that because we’ve been told by a “little birdie” that Eddie and Rocsi have been “gettin’ it in” for at least a month now. In that time Eddie even whisked her away on a private jet to The Bahamas for a week.

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Also keep in mind that Diaz, who recently left her job as co-host of BET’s “106 and Park,” has relocated to LA to further her acting career. So if she and Eddie aren’t dating, maybe being “friends with benefits” is even better.