Diddy’s really going on the defensive to shoot down reports he is dating his protégé Cassie.

"As far as my personal life, I am still single and have not started seeing anyone yet," Combs said in a statement released by his publicist on Monday.

(Stand by. The word yet makes us think he's got his eye on someone!)

As for the claim that Combs and Cassie are spending alone time in Miami, Combs "is in Miami with all of his Bad Boy groups recording albums for Danity Kane, Making the Band, Donnie and Cassie," she said. "They have been working around the clock, recording 24/7 nonstop."

Whatever you say, Diddy...