Eddie and Whitney were A-list superstars when they met in the mid-1980's. Rumors of a secret fling flared up, but there really wasn't any hard evidence to support it, just hearsay. Decades later, following Whitney's untimely death, Murphy went on the record in an interview with Extra. "I was never dating Whitney," he dished. "She was a friend of mine. I may have gone to dinner with her a few times, it was never like we were dating—we were never boyfriend and girlfriend."
Smash Probability: Denial is a go-to method to deflect controversial questions, but in this instance we have to give Eddie Murphy the benefit of the doubt. Given the circumstance under which he addressed his rumored relationship with Whitney, anything but the truth would be wrong.