Is Hailee Steinfeld dating Irish One Directioner Niall Horan and more to the point do we care?

Don't you love when celebs whine about a lack of privacy, yet are hell bent on using social media to the max? 

Take Hailee Steinfeld, the American actress/singer who’s had a hit or two and is besties with Irish One Directioner Niall Horan.  She turned 21 last month and Niall wished her a happy b’day – on Instagram of course, calling her “the loveliest person on the planet and one of my best friends….Love ya Hails.”

Those kind words must mean they’re dating, right?  A scribe from Us magazine grabbed Hailee on the SAG Awards red carpet last Sunday and asked her just that.  The response?  Usual celeb gobbledygook.

"I feel so lucky that [my fans] care enough about me to know what I’m doing every second of every day, but I think that sometimes it’s hard for people in general to realize that there are boundaries to a person’s life and personal life," she said when asked about Niall.

Hailee, of course, said she’s a "very private person" but also noted that "I do love that I have the opportunity to share with them what I’m comfortable with and they’re there to listen and support me."

Is that a yes or a no? Or more to the point, does anyone really give a hoot?

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Hailee Steinfeld and Niall Horan... what's going on?!Instagram / @NiallHoran