Austin Mahone set the record straight on rumors about dating Selena Gomez, insisting the two are “just friends.”

Mahone, 17, and Gomez, 21, first sparked rumors of a romance over the summer when they were spotted enjoying a day at Disneyland with friends following her split from Justin Bieber.

Mahone has been called a ‘young Justin Bieber’ by many, and his career has been picking up steam in the past few months. He appeared at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and is scheduled to perform on Good Morning America Friday, Jan. 31. And now, Manhone is reaching out to quash rumors of a relationship with Gomez, telling people, “We’re just friends.”

“She’s really cool… I mean, I think she’s really pretty but every time I’m in L.A., she’s like, ‘Hey you’re in L.A., lets hang out.’ So it’s cool,” Mahone said.

Mahone’s statements may be interpreted as a denial for now, but Mahone certainly leaves the door open for future romance with his fellow pop star.

A source told People that, while the duo might not be dating, they are certainly not just friends, saying, “Maybe they are more than just friends but they are certainly not dating.”

Mahone is currently promoting his newest single “Mmm Yeah” featuring Pitbull.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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