Lukas Gage shuts down romance rumors with ‘Saltburn’ star Archie Madekwe after divorce from Chris Appleton

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Lukas Gage is setting the record straight about his relationship with Archie Madekwe after he introduced the “Saltburn” star as his husband while attending a Vanity Fair party last week.

“No, we’re not married,” the “White Lotus” star quipped in an interview with TMZ while at the Los Angeles International Airport Saturday. “We are friends.”

He appeared to be in a chipper mood while chatting with the paparazzo, adding, “Archie’s the best.”

Gage set the record straight on his relationship with the “Saltburn” star while walking through the Los Angeles International Airport Sunday. Dave Benett/Getty Images for Netflix

“We are friends,” the “White Lotus” star told TMZ. Getty Images for IMDb

Gage, 28, further said that it isn’t annoying being romantically linked to his pal, saying, “I’ll take it as a compliment. Archie is a hottie. He’s a good one.”

The “You” star sparked romance rumors with Madekwe, 29, when he told TMZ Wednesday that he was married to the “Midsommar” actor.

“Yeah this is my new husband,” he joked after paparazzi asked if they were together upon seeing the duo walk into the VF gathering at Bar Marmont in Hollywood.

Gage didn’t appear to be bothered by the question, adding, “Archie’s the best.” Getty Images for IMDb

He furthered it doesn’t bother him to be romantically linked with his pal. Instagram/@lukasgage

Gage is currently focusing on himself following his split from husband Chris Appleton despite dabbling with a few dating apps.

“I took a break from them,” he told TMZ over the weekend. “They’re not for me right now. Right now, I’m finding myself. I’m just loving — I’m dating me.”

The actor further said he’s experienced exponential personal growth since his shocking breakup last year.

“I’ll take it as a compliment. Archie is a hottie. He’s a good one,” Gage continued.

In November, Gage and Appleton called it quits after six months of marriage. chrisappleton1/Instagram

“It’s been great. It’s been a year of learning, growing, changing — yeah, just constant change,” he told People during the film premiere of his Road House film in Austin, Texas Friday.

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“Life’s always changing,” he added. “Everything’s great. Yeah, it’s been really good.”

Meanwhile, Gage is currently hashing out divorce details with Appleton after the duo called it off in November 2023 following six months of marriage, per documents obtained by Page Six.

At the time, the former couple were reportedly not on good terms. chrisappleton1/Instagram

They were married by Kim Kardashian. lukasgage/Instagram

Kim Kardashian’s hairstylist cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their split, though he and Gage were reportedly not on good terms.

“This is not where they wanted this to end up,” a source told Us Weekly at the time. ”It will take time for both to get to a place where they can move past this and get on with their lives.”

The former couple tied the knot on April 22, 2023 in Las Vegas in a small ceremony officiated by the SKIMS founder.