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During an appearance on the Today show Friday morning, Bieber, 17, flat-out denied 20-year-old Mariah Yeater's claims that he's the father of her 3-month-old baby boy. In fact, Biebs says he's never even met the woman who says she had sex with him backstage at a Los Angeles concert a year ago. (Watch the interview below.)
"I'd just like to say, basically, that none of those allegations are true. I know that I'm going to be a target, but I'm never going to be a victim," Bieber said, as the Today crowd cheered.
"It's crazy, every night after the show I've gone right from the stage right to my car, so it's crazy that some people want to make up such false allegations," Bieber continued. "To set the record straight, none of it is true."
When asked by Matt Lauer he knows Yeater, Bieber didn't hesitate. "Never met the woman," he replied.
The scandal started earlier this week while Bieber was traveling around promoting his new Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe. Justin's team immediately responded with a denial. "While we haven't yet seen THE LAWSUIT, it's sad that someone would fabricate, malicious, defamatory AND demonstrably false claims," said his reps. "We WILL VIGOROUSLY PURSUE all available legal remedies to DEFEND AND protect Justin against THESE ALLEGATIONS."
As Biebs' reps and loyal fans have already made clear, they'll defend him tooth an nail against these allegations, which so far seem to be without merit (Yeater failed to name Bieber as the father on he baby's birth certificate).
Still, it's refreshing to see that Bieber isn't letting the bad press get to him, and is still going to focus on the positive elements of his profession and all that it entails.
"There's going to be goods and bads in this business, and I just want to focus on what's real," he said on Today. "My fans are real, the charity work I'm doing for this album is real, and this (the cheering audience) is real. I do it for these guys, and I'm just really happy to be here in New York and it's been fun."