Justin Bieber trashes the woman who accused him of fathering a child in a new song, but the teen sensation also says in a new interview he “feels sorry for her in a way.”
Mariah Yeater made the sensational claim last year and was convincing enough for two lawyers to take up her cause, including well-known Chicago lawyer and paternity expert, Jeffrey Leving.
Leving’s last public comment came in December 2011 when he said Bieber’s legal team was stonewalling him on agreeable arrangements for a paternity test. Since then his office hasn’t returned phone calls about the case, which he said he wanted to handle privately.
To this day, it’s unknown how the case was resolved, but the widely held presumption is that Yeater lied about the Oct. 2010 tryst and the baby’s paternity and has just melted away.
But Bieber couldn’t let it go. In April, almost four month’s after her lawyer’s last public communication, the singer tweeted about Yeater and revealed a few days later that he’d written a song about her. Not a nice song.
In a new interview with London’s Independent newspaper, he acknowledged it was a “revenge” song in the same vein as Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River.”
“Yeah, it’s really got a lot of vibes from ‘Billie Jean,” he said. “‘Billie Jean’ was the record I was kind of chasing with this song.
“The opening [line] is, ‘She said she met me on the tour, she keeps knocking on my door, she won’t leave me. Leave me alone…’ So it’s pretty good. The words are really powerful in the song,” he explains.
Although Bieber’s legal reps vowed at the time to sue for damages, he said the idea just fell by the wayside because of all the work involved with little to gain.
“I think she has her own stuff she’s going through,” he said of his accuser. “So I don’t know – I just kind of… I just wanted the world to know that it wasn’t true, that was all I was really focused on. And you know, I feel sorry for her in a way,” he added.
Whatever she’s doing, she’s obviously not in the right state of mind, to be doing all that, be saying such mean things.”
He said he decided to write the song, even though it meant giving her more notoriety because “it’s so different” from ‘Billie Jean.’
“With the ‘Billie Jean’ story, it was so mysterious. With this, it’s so powerful because it actually happened, and people know the story and what actually happened.
“So the fact that it’s gonna be in the song and people can hear it, I think that’s gonna put two-and-two together, and that’ll make them like it more.”