Miley Cyrus, Justin Gaston

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The new guy? He's not so new after all.

E! News has learned that Miley Cyrus and Justin Gaston have known each other for more than three months.

Gaston, 20, first encountered 15 year-old Cyrus when they crossed paths in and around Nashville, Tennessee. Cyrus was in town filming Hannah Montana: The Movie, while her father Billy Ray Cyrus hosted Nashville Star, on which Gaston was a contestant.

"Cast members from Hannah would come to the show all the time, like Melora Hardin, Vanessa Williams," a Nashville Star set source tells E!

While a Miley source says that the two are "definitely hanging out," Gaston's modeling rep Allen Osborne says he and Cyrus are only pals.

"He and Miley are just friends. He's currently single," Osborne tells E! News. "This isn't the first time they've gone to church together, just the first time the media's caught wind of it."

Osborne is referring to photos that surfaced from a Cyrus family trip to church on Sunday, where Miley walked side by side with a tank-top clad Gaston.

Gaston, the rep informs us, lives in Los Angeles, despite reports that said he was only visiting, and just got back from shooting a print campaign for national retail spot The Buckle.

"[Justin's] living here to pursue his modeling, acting, and music career. While he has modeled underwear, he¹s not exclusively an underwear model and actually is in the current Armani Jeans campaign and has modeled for Guess, Kenneth Cole, Gianfranco Ferre, H&M, Lord & Taylor, and Diesel," said Osborne.

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