Model Ireland Baldwin is in a lesbian relationship with rapper Angel Haze. Angel, 22, confirmed she is dating Baldwin, 18, the daughter of actors Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, telling the media friends don't f**k.

Ireland and Angel met earlier this year at New York Fashion Week, and they frequently post photos of themselves together online.

Angel told The Independent newspaper: "I don't know if there's like some confirm or deny thing with the way relationships work in the media, but everyone just calls us best friends, best friends for life, like we're just friends hanging out. It's funny. It's rad in some ways, it sucks in others.

"If we were two guys, it'd be insane, negatively insane with the attention. With us it's all being very positive, the media are like, 'Oh, they're so cute, they're best friends.'

"An interracial gay couple ... I mean, that's just weird for America right now. We f**k and friends don't f**k. I have never f***ed one of my friends. Once I see you in that way, it doesn't happen.

"But we do f**k and it's crazy, and that's weird to say because I think about it in terms of an audience reading it and them thinking, 'What the hell?' But it happens."

Angel explained that Ireland changed her views about love.

The rapper said: "When you find it love it definitely amends your perspective on certain things. I was dating a guy I really liked about a year ago and being around him and realising so many things about myself totally made me hate the traditional ideas of what a relationship should be, of what romance should be.

"You go out and you're searching for this Utopian feeling, butterflies ... that thing where you can't stop thinking about them. It doesn't have to be so overwhelming."

Ireland was previously in a straight relationship with surfer Slater Trout. They split up in March.