Justin Bieber: Who’s-the-daddy DNA test looms, text casts doubt
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Justin Bieber’s maybe-baby saga continues, even though Mariah Yeater, the woman who claims the singer is the father of her child, withdrew her paternity suit last week.
Yeater has since fielded new legal representation and reportedly wants to settle out of court -- Bieber is still planning to take a DNA test -- even as a compromising text message allegedly sent by the new mom has surfaced.
Yeater still wants the test, according to her new attorney, Jeffrey Leving -- they just want to do it privately, with both sides bound by confidentiality agreements. Sources on the Bieber side told TMZ there had been no settlement discussions, but said there might have been contact regarding DNA test terms. The singer’s publicist told E! News that he intends to take the test.
So about that text message, which was obtained by TMZ from the recipient, who said it was sent by Yeater: The sender asks her male friend to ‘pleeease’ erase any messages from her mom in which ex-boyfriend Robbie was named as the father. Then an offer is made to ‘kick u when we get paid.’
Irony: In the text, the sender tells the recipient, ‘im trusting you’ -- which might in hindsight seem silly, given that all the recipient asked TMZ to redact from the text-message picture was, well, his name. Attorney Leving told E! News that he was checking whether the text was authentic. ‘Do I know if that is true or not?’ he said. ‘No, but I do intend to look into that as it was just brought to my attention.’
Leving is the one who’d said the lawsuit was pulled because of death threats and the media storm around his client. ‘It’s better that it’s handled out of court which is in the best interests of everybody,’ he said Wednesday. (Someone should have mentioned that death threats are nothing unusual among the Bieber fans?)
Bieber, meanwhile, seems to be doing just fine, judging by his Thursday radio interview with Elvis Duran, where he was promoting his ‘Under the Mistletoe’ Christmas record. Check it out below -- especially the part where they make him blush over Selena Gomez, around the 24-minute mark.
Still in the dark about the whole Bieber baby daddy saga? Read about it here. Too good to miss, too long to repeat. Check out his Elvis Duran interview, below.
— Christie D’Zurilla
The Associated Press contributed to this report.