updated 02/09/2011 AT 7:35 AM ET
•originally published 02/09/2011 AT 8:10 AM ET
The teen-power pair once again dodged being labeled a couple at Monday night’s L.A. premiere of his new film, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, keeping their distance on Bieber’s big night.
Gomez, 18, hit the purple carpet in a stunning purple cocktail dress that matched Bieber’s purple tuxedo jacket, but the twosome were like ships passing in the night, avoiding each other in front of the cameras.
When pressed, Bieber, 16, said of Gomez’s support, “It’s great.” He then added: “She’s a great person. And as long as you keep yourself surrounded by good people, you’ll go far.”