Justin Bieber Addresses the Paternity Suit

'Today' show host Matt Lauer and Justin Bieber on the November 4, 2011 show
'Today' show host Matt Lauer and Justin Bieber on the November 4, 2011 show - Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC © NBCUniversal, Inc.
On October 31, 2011, a 20 year old woman named Mariah Yeater filed a paternity suit in San Diego County claiming Justin Bieber is the father of her baby boy born July 6, 2011. Yeater’s suit says she and the singer had sex in a bathroom backstage after an October 25, 2010 concert at Staples Center. In her suit, Yeater’s asking for child support, the cost of attorney’s fees, and other expenses.

Bieber fervently denies not only having sex with Yeater but even knowing who she is.

On November 2nd, Bieber posted a note about the paternity suit to his followers on Twitter:

so Im going to ignore the rumors…and focus on what is real. an opportunity to help by doing what i love. Judge me on the music! Love yall!”

And on the Today Show on November 4th, Bieber talked to Matt Lauer about his new Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe, and about Yeater’s paternity suit:

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He followed that up with a shout out to Today on Twitter:

@todayshow thanks for letting me set the record straight. what is real are my fans…this album…and this charity work. see u guys the 23rd”

On a lighter note, Bieber’s new holiday album is helping those in need. Bieber’s kicked off the holiday season with the Believe Charity Drive, donating a portion of the proceeds from his Under the Mistletoe album to charity. He’s also urging his fans to contribute to seven specific charities in hopes of bringing in millions of dollars to those non-profits.

“I am launching the Believe Charity Drive because I know firsthand that if you believe in your dreams, everything is possible,” Bieber explained in the press release. “I am kicking off the campaign with my holiday album, Under the Mistletoe. With every album you purchase, I will give a portion of the proceeds to charity. The Believe Charity Drive directly benefits charities that are making a difference in the world. You can go to www.justinbiebermusic.com and donate as little as one dollar, or even donate your time, because everything will make a difference. Please join me in our quest to raise millions of dollars by the release of my new 2012 album, Believe. I know that with your help we can make a change.”

The seven charities suggested by Justin Bieber are:

– Pencils of Promise (www.pencilsofpromise.org)
– Project Medishare for Haiti (www.projectmedishare.org)
– City of Hope (www.cityofhope.org)
– Make-A-Wish Foundation® (www.wish.org and www.worldwish.org)
– Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org)
– Musicians On Call (www.musiciansoncall.org)
– GRAMMY Foundation® (www.grammyintheschools.com).