Miley Cyrus and Justin Gaston
10/23/2008 AT 01:35 PM EDT
and 20-year-old model Justin Gaston are pals, but her family would be A-okay if it turned into something more, says the 15-year-old Hannah Montana
"I just think right now everything is really good," Cyrus tells Ryan Seacrest
on his radio show
. "He's been a really great friend more than anything."
But if the friendship were to blossom into something else, her parents wouldn't necessarily object. "My family's like, whatever happens, happens," Cyrus says.
Asked point blank if they are dating, Cyrus answers, "Maybe. Maybe not."
Rumors have been swirling about the relationship
between Cyrus and Gaston – whom dad Billy Ray Cyrus calls "a good
" – since they started spending time together earlier this year.
Adds Miley: "Everyone started judging us as soon as we started hanging out." But it looks like things will remain status quo, for now, she says.
"He's a really great Christian guy. We have the kind of relationship where we can talk about [things related to being in the public eye] and he gets it," says Cyrus.
And it's good to be wary, Cyrus says – especially since Gaston, an aspiring country singer, works with her dad.
"That's what would be hard about dating him," she says. "What if anything happens? What would happen after that?"
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