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Selena Gomez and Austin Mahone, sitting in a tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G? Not so much.

Despite reports that Selena and Austin are dating as a result of a perfectly crafted matchmaking experiment by Selena’s BFF Taylor Swift, Austin insists there’s nothing going on between him and the “Slow Down” singer.

“We’re just friends,” Austin insisted at an AquaFina press conference on Wednesday, according to People. “She’s really cool… I mean, I think she’s really pretty but every time I’m in LA, she’s like ‘Hey, you’re in LA, let’s hang out.’ So it’s cool.”

We know what you’re thinking: sounds like something that every celebrity who has ever been trying to hide a relationship that is really happening would say. And if they’re not dating, we’re a little disappointed — Selena really needs a break from her trouble-making ex Justin Bieber, and these two make kind of an adorable couple.

Another source close to the not-couple also assured People that they’re not together — at least, not yet. “Maybe they are more than just friends, but they are certainly not dating,” the source said. “They’ve been hanging out over the last few months. They have a lot of respect for each other.”

Whether or not we actually believe Austin and the source is a different story altogether… but if they are dating, the truth will come out eventually. Sit tight!

Source: People