Selena Gomez says she will always care about Justin Bieber.

The 'Come & Get It' singer's on/off relationship with the 19-year-old singer is currently off but Selena says she is still protective of her former boyfriend and they will always remain close.

She told 'Good Morning America': ''He and I have had such a history together. I'll always care about him and protect him if anyone tries to be mean.''

Meanwhile, Selena celebrated her recent 21st birthday at the Bagatelle restaurant in West Hollywood with her mother Mandy Cornett and stepdad Brian Teefey, who purchased some alcoholic beverages for her group of friends.

Selena - who always said she intended to have her first legal alcoholic drink at the eatery - was spotted popping bottles of champagne to celebrate and at one point she started dancing on the bar.

The pop star posted a picture on Instagram of her surrounded by her group of friends and a large cake, which featured a big 21 written in icing, and wrote: ''Thank you to bagatellela for an amazing bday!!!! It's a birthday WEEK! #werk #becauseIcan (sic)''

The singer-and-actress was also accompanied at Bagatelle by her 'Spring Breakers' co-star Ashley Benson, and the pair and Selena's friends went on to watch a sexy show and party at Beacher's Madhouse.