Justin Bieber Launches Media Blitz for New Album Amid Paternity Controversy
Justin Bieber has hardly stayed under the radar in the wake of claims that he fathered a child last year.
After news broke Tuesday that a paternity suit has been filed against the singer by 20-year-old Mariah Yeater, who claims to have given birth to a baby boy after the two had sex backstage at his Staples Center concert in Oct. 2010, Bieber took to his Twitter page to give his first public statement on the claims.
"all the rumors...the gossip....Im gonna focus on the positives....the music," he Tweeted on Wednesday, Nov. 2.
The singer, who is also in the midst of a publicity blitz for his new Christmas album Under The Mistletoe, then appeared on NBC's Today show Friday for a sit-down with anchor Matt Lauer. And denied all of the claims in no uncertain terms.
"I never met the woman," Bieber said. "I know I"m going to be a target, but I'll never be a victim," he added. "Every night after the show, I go right from the stage to my car. So it's crazy that people want to make up such allegations. But to set the record straight: None of it is true."
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The media appearances didn't stop there. The singer also called into TMZ's Live show to refute the claims, after the site posted a story saying Yeater accused her ex-boyfriend of fathering the same child last year.
"I know that being in the public eye, people are going to say something things, but it's just about staying strong and remember what's important in life," he said. "It's crazy some of the allegations, but they're definitely one hundred percent not true."
He also said people have been screaming "Are you going to be a father?" at him all week. His response? "Someday I will be, but not any time soon."
"It's the first time that something like this has happened, so it's kind of really crazy. But I'm sure it won't be the last. Its just sad that it has to happen like this."
But, a Bieber camo source insists the singer isn't in reputation-crisis mode, but merely keeping his previously-scheduled publicity engagements for the album.
"The Today show appearance was previously scheduled and there was no reason not to go on," the source tells The Hollywood Reporter. "He was being honest,” adding “It’s a case of, you’re damned if you do, damned if you don't."