The Apprentice 2012: Maria O'Connor denies romance with Duane Bryan

Maria O'Connor (The Apprentice 2012)

Fired Apprentice 2012 candidate Maria O'Connor has denied that she had a relationship with fellow candidate Duane Bryan on the show.

In an interview after her exit on Wednesday night, Maria denied tabloid reports linking her to 29-year-old Manchester businessman.

Maria, who runs her own chain of Greek restaurants, was given the axe by Lord Sugar this week after falling to sleep during the task.

Speaking of rumours about a relationship between and Duane, Maria insisted to DigitalSpy: "Duane and I get on really well but he's just a friend, there's definitely nothing going on.

"I'm in a steady relationship with someone else and although it's early days I'm very happy."

The Apprentice 2012 will continue this Wednesday night on BBC One.

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