Even though fans (including us) ship Raura hardcore, Ross Lynch says that it hasn’t made his relationship with Laura Marano weird — because they’re super-close anyway! In fact, during an Austin & Ally panel at The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, the R5 rocker says that he’s happy that fans feel so strongly about their on-screen relationship.

“Honestly, I don’t blame them at all. Because I would feel the same way if I was watching the show. And I was watching the show!” Ross said.

“I love how committed they are. We literally have the most passionate and committed fans in the world. With the show, literally that’s how we got a fourth season. Ross and I were like, ‘I think that’s really cool that they’re so invested in the show.’ I was okay with it,” Laura chimed in.

He continued, “I thought it was cool. And Laura and I are so close anyway, it honestly doesn’t change our relationship at all.”

That’s sweet! We love that fan pressure hasn’t changed their friendship, especially because Ross said that Laura used to get a little awkward when the cast and crew teased them about Raura. Of course, now that they’re no longer co-stars, there may be a chance that they’ll date! (They both said that they wouldn’t date someone they’re working with.) But either way, it looks like their bond is as strong as it gets.

Do you ship Raura? Do you think that Ross and Laura’s comments are the cutest thing ever? Tell us in the comments!