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It seems fair to say that no one really thought 17-year-old Justin Bieber was the father of 20-year-old Mariah Yeater's baby, despite her vehement claims. Now, Yeater's ex-boyfriend, 23-year-old Robert Powell, has come forward with his side of the story. As Powell -- who believes that he is the father of Yeater's 4-month-old son Tristyn -- tells RumorFix, that story can be summed up in two words: "She lied."
"We were both homeless and living in Oceanside (California), and Mariah was trying to make some quick money," he says. "She just picked (Bieber), because she thought he was famous and all and thought she could get a lot of money by telling the magazine Justin was the father. She just saw him as an opportunity to make a lot of money."
According to Powell, Yeater did make a decent chunk of changed: $50,000 for selling her fake story to a tabloid. Of course, Yeater will likely lose most or all (or more) of that money if Bieber takes her to court for libel.
Powell goes on to say that Yeater has never met Bieber -- and, what's more, she's never been to one of his concerts!
Tristyn doesn't have Powell's name listed on his birth certificate, which is something Yeater's ex -- who's currently in prison for three counts of burglary and drug possession -- seems pretty upset about. In fact, Yeater's done everything possible to distance herself from Powell, even texting her friends and telling them to erase all messages mentioning "Robbie" as Tristyn's father.
"She said she was doing it for us... for our family and son," Powell says. "She made it seem like it was all for us but she's greedy. I don't know, I still love her, though. All I want is to be with my son, that's all I care about. She can take all her money, I just want my son."
He also wants Yeater to leave Biebs alone. "And man, on the real, I feel sorry for Justin Bieber. He's just a little kid, man," Powell says. "He don't need to be going through all this drama. He got a career and s*** to focus on. I feel sorry for the dude."