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Hailey Baldwin hangs with some of Hollywood's hottest stars—she counts fellow models Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner as BFFs—but it's her relationship with Justin Bieber that recently became the talk of the town. Various websites have reported that the blond buds are secretly dating, so when E! News caught up with Hailey at the Exodus premiere in New York City Sunday, the model cleared up romance rumors.

In the past few weeks, Hailey and Justin spent even more time together, leading many to wonder if they've taken their friendship to the next level. (Their increase in photos on Instagram and Shots has only added fuel to the fire.) Just last week, Hailey and Justin were spotted having lunch at Spago in Beverly Hills and sitting courtside at an L.A. Clippers game. The stars were also photographed shopping at Target in L.A. before spending over an hour playing arcade games at Family Amusement Corporation.

So, are they dating or not?

Hailey Baldwin, Justin Bieber, Instagram

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"I've known him since I was so young—since I was like 13—and we've just been good friends over the years," the 18-year-old explained. "We have just stayed close and there's nothing more to it than that."

No word yet what Hailey thinks of the "Boyfriend" singer's platinum hair color.

Justin, 20, was most recently linked to his on-and-off love Selena Gomez, 22.

Hailey, meanwhile, would rather focus on her burgeoning modeling career than on refuting rumors about her alleged love life. "The cool thing is Hailey has mostly generated all of her own momentum," her father, actor and All-Star Celebrity Apprentice contestant Stephen Baldwin, proudly told E! News.

Given her body of work, she shows no signs of slowing down. "I'm stoked for 2015!" Hailey tweeted Dec. 4.

—Reporting by Eleni Lazares