“And I was like, baby, baby, baby…it’s not my baby!”
It all seems so surreal. He may be sweet, kind and yes, cocky, but did you ever imagine Justin Bieber as a deadbeat dad?
The 17-year-old was accused last week of fathering the son of Mariah Yeater, a California fan who claims that she had sex with Bieber backstage at a L.A. concert. She was 19 at the time; Biebs was 16. Her son, Tristyn, is four months old.
A little background on Yeater situation: she claims that she took Bieber’s virginity and that it lasted all of 30 seconds (harsh!). She publicly released poor-quality photos of her piercings, tattoo and her face wrapped in cellophane (weird!). She appeared on HLN’s “Dr. Drew” with her lawyers. She says she has the evidence to back up her allegation, which she will present in court on December 15. Her ex-boyfriend thinks the whole thing is a scam, and Yeater faces assault charges for beating him up after HE denied being the dad. Her grandfather told The New York Daily News that she’s a “good, honest person.” She wants Bieber to take a paternity test — and despite calling her story “crap,” insisting he’s never met the girl and on top of that, claiming to still be a virgin (ha!), Bieber agreed to take one.
It’s clear that this is a girl begging for attention on both personal and worldwide levels, not to mention an outpouring of child support. What happens if the paternity test comes back negative? Positive? Maybe they should get a segment on “Maury.”
Bieber’s team has already called the attacks “malicious,” “defamatory” and “demonstrably false,” and if Bieber turns out not to be the father, the singer reportedly intends to sue everyone involved. Bieber’s GF, pop star Selena Gomez, will jump for joy. Life & Style magazine says that the baby mama drama has “shaken her to the core,” but she remains supportive of her man.
If Biebs is the father, Yeater could receive thousands of dollars in child support each month, however the amount is not exact. One source says that the child is entitled to live at the same standard as the father; another says the amount of money given depends on the quality of life that the parent with custody leads. I would also venture to say that “Jelena” will be over.
Even if Yeater is found guilty of statutory rape, her lawyers said on “Dr. Drew” that “that has no bearing whatsoever on the right for child support.”
Bieber will be addressing the issue further when he and Gomez return from vacation in Paris. Better hurry up, Yeater’s gotta know that 15 minutes of fame sure go by quick.
Allison Berger is a Philadelphia-based writer and a pop music columnist for Reverb. Check out more of her writing here.