Selena Gomez abruptly ended a July 22 TV interview when she was asked about her ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber. During a July 26 appearance on Good Morning America, however, the 21-year-old pop star maintained her composure when asked about her former flame.

"He and I have had such a history together," Gomez said of Bieber, 19. "I'll always care about him and protect him if anyone tries to be mean."

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(The exes first split in November 2012 after a two-year courtship and called it quits a second time just before New Year's Eve. Post-breakup, Gomez visited Bieber in Norway. The singers most recently spent time together on July 4.)

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Gomez didn't say anything else about her ex, though she did perform three songs from her just-released album, Stars Dance: "Come & Get It," "Slow Down," and "Birthday." The singer also performed Selena Gomez & the Scene's 2011 hit, "Love You Like a Love Song."

"I don't feel like I'm settled yet," she said of balancing music and movies. "I'm just kind of focusing on my work. I feel like the moment I'm not working, I get bored and then I go crazy. I'm gonna keep going, I think."

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When she does get some time off, Gomez said she can typically be found "dancing," "sleeping" or "at home watching movies."

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