Disney Star Selena Gomez has set the record straight and teen singing sensation Justin Bieber; they are friends and have been for years, but that’s as far as it goes. Rumors that they are romantically involved are untrue, she says.
The rumors were sparked by gossip Web site TMZ, which suggested there was something between them after they were spotted having breakfast together at an International House of Pancakes in Philadelphia.
Both were in the city of brotherly love to perform at a radio station concert.
Justin, at 16, is two years younger than 18-year-old Selena, and the two were spotted clinging to each as they left the restaurant.
They have been seen together more than once over the past few months.
But Selena, who seems much more mature than Bieber, said the relationship is strictly platonic.
“It was pancakes. Who doesn’t like pancakes?” Gomez told MTV News. “We were both performing in the same place so
we went and had pancakes together. That’s all it is. All innocent.”
Gomez described Bieber as more a brother and than boyfriend, as TheImproper reported last week.
She said she put a protective wing around him since he arrived in Hollywood.
“I love Justin. When he first started to come over from Canada his manager contacted me and he just said that he would like to meet me and he was just such a good kid,” she told MTV.
“And I feel like a big sister now, ’cause I want to protect him.
So I’m always very cautious with him, but he is so talented and he’s so sweet. Now he’s just become one of my good friends.”
Selena like her Disney cousin Miley Cyrus, is in the process of transitioning to an adult career.
Although she has avoided the provocative antics that have kept Miley in the spotlight, she has been dressing in sexy strapless dresses in concerts and wearing more makeup.
If she’s trying to skew older, the last thing she needs is a relationship with a 16-year-old.