The American actor, 35, shot down the claims during a candid chat with Men’s Health.
“When all that stuff happened, you know, publicly, it felt disorienting and unfair,” Powell told the publication.
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“But what I’m realising is that’s just a part of this gig now.”
Powell, who is newly single, added about dating that sometimes his profile and fame comes in the way of finding love as sometimes they ask for ”selfies” on a date.
He added that it’s hard to date with his profession as he needs to find a partner who can accept that he’s away on shoots for a long time or working.
“When I love, I love hard. I also understand that the speed and uncertainty of my life is a very hard thing to put up with,” he explained.
Sweeney, 26, recently said she remained strictly professional with Powell while filming their upcoming rom-com Anyone But You here in Australia earlier this year.
Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald, the actress laughed off the rumours.
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“I mean, it’s honestly… we filmed a romantic comedy!” Sweeney told the publication.
“So, of course, people see what they want to see. But really, they saw us on set.”
“All those pictures are of us in character, so of course that’s what we’re gonna do.”
Sweeney chose to see the light in the situation by joking that the allegations of a behind-the-scenes affair just showed how great her on-screen chemistry with Powell is.
“I think, you know, it just proves that we’re great actors,” the Night Teeth star told The Sydney Morning Herald.
Allegations of an affair began when some particularly eyebrow-raising photos and flirty exchanges between Sweeney and Powell started making the rounds on social media.
At the time, the actors were both in romantic relationships, linked to respective partners.
Sweeney had confirmed she was engaged to restaurateur Jonathan Davino in March 2022 while Powell was in an on-off relationship with model Gigi Paris.
The cheating rumours were fueled by a slogan top Sweeney wore, which read “Kiss the boys and make them cry” – interesting timing after a series of loved-up pap pics from the Sydney Opera House had already shocked the internet.
Then came the red carpet snaps from CinemaCon, where Sweeney was snapped smiling up at her co-star with what looked like a loving gaze.
After that came an interview with People, in which Sweeney revealed her nickname for Powell was ‘Top Gun’ after his role in Top Gun: Maverick, to which Powell simply responded, “I love when she calls me that”.
Perhaps the most telling ”evidence” was a video of Sweeney leaning back on the couch and being caught by Powell as he beamed down at his co-star.
To add fuel to the fire, Powell’s girlfriend posted a shady remark to Instagram after seemingly confirming she had split with the actor
Paris, 30 captioned an Instagram video with “know your worth & onto the next” before eagle-eyed fans noticed she had unfollowed Sweeney.
ET reported Powell was indeed “single” but “not dating his costar Sydney Sweeney, who is still engaged to Jonathan Davino”.
Sweeney seems to still be with her fiancé after confirming the allegations that she had an affair with Powell were false.
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