Mischa Barton has laughed off rumours suggesting that she is hitched to her actor boyfriend, claiming that the ring which sparked the speculation was actually a prop from her new stage role.
The O.C starlett is currently in a relationship with British actor Sebastian Knapp, and recently stepped out wearing what appeared to be a diamond ring on her wedding finger, fuelling rumours that her boyfriend may have proposed.
However, the leggy 26-year-old has now revealed that she was sporting the bling on her finger for her role in a theatre production of Steel Magnolias in Ireland, and simply forgot to take the prop off.
Talking to Belfast Telegraph, Barton said:
''It was a £3.99 ring from (budget jewellery store) Claire's Accessories that my character Shelby wears in the play. I just hadn't taken it off. I mean, come on, if I was going to wear an engagement ring it wouldn’t be a fake diamond. Really, that's so not my type of ring. If I get married, though I doubt I will, let's just say I won't be wearing a ring like that.''
The actress went on to reveal that her romance with Knapp is going smoothly, adding, ''Life is great at the moment. We get on well. I’m enjoying work. It’s a combination of things. Yeah, I’m very happy.''