Two months ago, in an interview with The Daily Star, Alesso appeared to confirm that Rihanna was working on a dance album with many top producers such as Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, and Diplo. He was quoted as saying, “I’ve heard she wants to take over the dance music charts, we have some mutual friends, so we’ll see what happens with that. She has the voice that fits on any record, she makes every record sound great. Whether dance, house, ballad, Rihanna can do it all. It will be great.”

Now, in a new interview with iHeartRadio, Alesso is walking it back a bit.

Speaking of female vocalists, a while back you said something about potentially working with Rihanna on her new album and how she wanted to make something that was very dance-centric.

Well, it was all a mistake talking about Rihanna because people like to rephrase what I said. To clarify, no I never confirmed her [album], but rumors are rumors. I feel it’s best I just leave no comments around it and no I can’t confirm anything. I learned my lesson not to speak about the big artists.

It’s hard to believe what Alesso says one way or another at this point. He may just be covering his behind, or The Daily Star might really have misquoted him, though we’re leaning toward the former.

A tweet from Diplo following the Daily Star interview supports that assumption, at the very least.

Regardless, Alesso says he has plenty of his own music ready to drop in 2019, and at least one more before the end of the year. Listen to his last single “Remedy” below.