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    Bobbi Kristina's "Adopted Brother" Nick Gordon Denies Romance: "We're Just Close"

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    Are they or aren't they?

    That's the sizzling question hanging over Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina, and her "adopted brother," Nick Gordon, after intriguing reports popped up earlier this week that the two were an item.

    (Le scandale? Not quite: They're not blood-related.)

    Bobbi Kristina seemed to confirm the news when she initially tweeted, "I love sleeping with big brudder (: only person that helps my insomnia B!! Hah (:"

    But is "big brudder" singing a different tune?

    MORE: Whitney Houston's Daughter Bobbi Kristina Dating Her "Adopted Brother" Nick Gordon

    Looks like he is.

    "We're just close—just going through her mom's passing and grieving together," he tells ABCNews.com

    The denial comes as a big flip-flop after the two fueled rumors of a romance. Earlier this week, Gordon posted a defiant tweet letting critics know he didn't care what anyone thought about their relationship.

    "Yea we got a little closer and what!!!...All the haters that dont know us or th real story can't un follow me. I don't give a f--k," he tweeted. "I've proved my loyalty to her and the Houston family. I don't owe any of you anything. Ha I don't even know y'all haters...Some ppl have no lives so they gotta be in ours."

    MORE: Whitney Houston's Daughter Bobbi Kristina Tells Oprah Winfrey, "I Have to Carry on My Mom's Legacy"

    A source previously told E! News that the two have known each other since they were younger, and that Houston decided to take in Gordon after he considered enlisting in the army to escape his family problems.

    Our source added that Gordon has since served as the man of the house in the absence of Bobbi Kristina's father, Bobby Brown.

    Will Gordon's romantic denial convince people he's still that, and nothing more?

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