Justin Bieber has made his way back from his European vacation, ready to infuse everyone in North America with the proper levels of holiday cheer. In an interview with Z100′s Elvis Duran and the Morning Show in New York on Thursday, the early-rising Bieber stayed on topic by talking about his charity work and Christmas album Under the Mistletoe, revealing that the Boyz II Men collaboration “Fa La La” is his favorite track. We knew it! Exclamation points don’t lie. But the most important moment of the lengthy chat came during the inevitable mention of Mariah Yeater. After pretending to be microphone shy, The Bieb’s manager Scooter Braun broke his silence on the baby daddy drama with a direct message to the 20-year-0ld and her legal team’s recent claims that they will continue to pursue the paternity lawsuit out of court:
Bottom line is, they said they were in settlement talks with us and the only thing I’m going to say is they will never be in settlement talks with us [and] we will never settle with them. That’s my little guy right there. I protect him, and they messed with the wrong crew. So it’s false and people should be held accountable when they run out there and say this stuff, and they’ve got this lawyer running around saying, “Well we want everything to be held confidentially now.” You don’t get to go out there and bad mouth a 17-year-old to the entire world and suddenly think it’s going to stay confidential. I’m from around here and you guys know people from around here: they don’t like to be messed with.
And with that, this New York press tour is already off to a better start than his last trip to Macy’s. Bieber also celebrated the two-year anniversary of his debut album My World, although it didn’t seem like today’s date is saved in his iPhone calendar. To further show how much he’s grown since then, Duran and Co. unearthed an early interview where a noticeably squeakier Bieb repeatedly called now-girlfriend Selena Gomez “pretty,” but not necessarily a girl he’d want to date or even admit to liking. “I was such a mack daddy back then,” the 17-year-old replied. My how things have changed.
Between inviting fans to upcoming shows over the phone and paying his respects to Michael Jackson, there are no shortage of gems to be mined from the conversation, although it was disappointing to hear Bieber’s reluctance to freestyle on command. Isn’t that the point? After praising his take on Jay-Z and Kanye’s “Otis,” the group invited him to share something new—apparently a verse to Big Sean’s “Dance (A$$)”—with their listeners. Scooter quickly chimed in that it’s all part of a favor to a friend, with Justin adding that we’ll surely “hear it” soon. We certainly hope so, or else it will be even harder from Scooter and The Bieb team to downplay those rumors that Lil Homie
can’t doesn’t write his own rhymes. Listen to Bieber’s entire interview below.