[artist id="3079282"]Selena Gomez[/artist] and [artist id="3187077"]Justin Bieber[/artist] have been pals for a while, but rumors that the teen stars are more than friends ramped up when the pair were recently spotted getting pancakes arm-in-arm.
Despite the mild PDA, Gomez denied there were any romantic overtones to the outing, saying instead that the duo were just getting a quick bite eat while they both had some free time in Philadelphia.
"It was pancakes. Who doesn't like pancakes?" Gomez told [article id="1632257"]MTV News at the Z100 Jingle Ball 2010 in New York[/article] Friday, where she and the Biebs both hit the stage. "We were both performing in the same place so we went and had pancakes together. That's all it is. All innocent."
In fact, Gomez has said the Canadian teen idol is more a brother and than a lover, [article id="1632257"]explaining in February[/article] that she started looking out for Bieber as he started his journey toward superstardom.
"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 explained. "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, so that just started us wanting to work together. Now he's just become one of my good friends."
Gomez is also rooting for her good friend at the 2011 Grammys where the pop sensation is up for two trophies, including Best New Artist. When asked who she thinks would take home the hardware between Bieber and fellow Canadian heartthrob Drake, Gomez put her money on the "Baby" crooner.
"I would have to say Bieber just because I know how hard he works," [article id="1653592"]she told MTV News earlier[/article] this week. "I hope he wins, but I love Drake as well. It's a really hard category so I don't know who's going to win, but of course I have to say Bieber."
What do you think Selena Gomez' comments about Justin Bieber? Let us know in the comments!