Selena Gomez on Intimate Breakfast with Justin Bieber: "It Was Just Pancakes!"

Just because you cuddle with a boy while sharing a stack of buttermilk pancakes, scrambled eggs and some hash brown at the International House of Pancakes (IHop), that doesn't mean you're a couple, at least according to Selena Gomez

Last Thursday, Gomez was photographed at an IHop in Philadelphia enjoying a Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity breakfast combo with teen sensation, Justin Bieber. The teen stars were reportedly cuddling and holding hands during breakfast, which led some to speculate that they're a couple.

But hold the syrup! Because Gomez, 18, tells that is absolutely not true. 

"It was pancakes! Oh my gosh!" the Disney star told the website on Friday at Z100's Jingle Ball in NYC. She added that Bieber, 16, is "one of my best friends...It was just pancakes!" 

In a separate interview with MTV News, the pancake-loving Disney star brought up pancakes again. "Who doesn't like pancakes? We were both performing in the same place so we went and had pancakes together. That's all it is. All innocent," said Gomez. 

Selena explained that she sees Justin, who's 2 years younger than she is, more like a little brother rather than a boyfriend. "He's such a good kid. I feel like a big sister now 'cause I want to protect him.'

We believe Selena's story that her breakfast with Bieber was just about the quality grub at IHop. After all, Selena's a big fan of chain restaurants. In July, she told us she can't get enough of the delicious wings at Hooters, and that her family "loves to go to Fridays and Chili’s and we have a Chili’s right next door to our house."