Dustin Lynch Talks “Mind Reader,” Awkward Kisses and Kelly Osbourne Rumors

Dustin Lynch Talks “Mind Reader,” Awkward Kisses and Kelly Osbourne Rumors

For once and for all, Dustin Lynch is NOT dating Kelly Osbourne, the daughter of the legendary rockstar Ozzy Osbourne.

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Courtesy Kelly Osbourne Instagram

When asked about the rumor, he told Nash Country Daily “No, we met at Stagecoach [Music Festival] and hung out and I took a picture with her and the next thing you know, we’re dating. That’s the tabloids of Hollywood, folks.”

Dustin is, however, a fan of Kelly’s and doesn’t mind having the actress/singer/co-host in his corner. “For me, there could be no better endorsement,” says Dustin. “She’s got a fan base that is not my fan base [laughs]. She’s definitely reaching a different audience and I love it. I love everything she’s about. She’s hilarious, she’s got a great voice and obviously a great eye for fashion, so [she’s] not a bad person to be involved with.”

Victoria Justice
Victoria Justice

The handsome singer is not currently involved with anyone at the moment. “I’m single and who cares?” he asks. Only all red-blooded American women, that’s who. Truth be told, he does have his eye on a talented young lady. Dustin revealed that he has a crush on actress/singer Victoria Justice, best known for her starring role on Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101 and Victorious. NCD is on the case to set up a meeting between the two.

Now that we have that out the way, we can get back to music. Dustin Lynch has another No. 1 hit on his hands. His latest single, “Mind Reader,” is No. 1 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay and Mediabase charts.

Dustin knew the song was special when he first cut it. “This is one of those songs that really jumped out of the speakers when we recorded it,” recalls Dustin. “The first time I heard the demo, I loved it. It was actually one of the first songs I ever heard for this album as we started listening for the Where It’s At album years ago. Believe it or not, it just kind of went away and then it came to finishing the album and it came back up in a conversation and we decided to go record it. When we recorded it, it was like ‘Yeah, this feels great.’”

Dustin Lynch on his “Hell of a Night Tour” at the House of Blues in Houston. Photo by Evan Jones/Sweet Talk Publicity

Along with the hit song comes a steamy video that Dustin says was the first video he felt comfortable shooting. “I think with the ‘Where It’s At’ video, it was my first kind of onscreen romance with somebody. I was fine, I was just getting used to being that character, so when this video [“Mindreader”] came around, this beautiful girl, Noelle, from California came in and we had great chemistry, hit it off and had a great time.”

Great chemistry isn’t all there is to making a romantic video work. There’s that kiss—the awkward kiss with a person you just met. “I think it’s easy to say it’s awkward, but at the same time how many people go out to bars and say, ‘Hi, my name is Dustin, let’s make out,’ a lot of them probably every Friday night [laughs]. It’s not bad, the awkward thing is that there are cameras all around you.”

Is there a future in acting for Dustin? “Yeah, I love it,” he beams. “I love a new challenge. I love being onstage every night but throw a music video in there and it kind of breaks up the monotony of the rest of the year.”

Dustin’s year will be anything but monotonous has he hits the road with Luke Bryan for the Kill the Lights tour alongside Little Big Town. You can check out Dustin’s tour dates here.

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