Justin Bieber’s “Maria” is proving to be his very own “Billie Jean.”
Speculation that the new track off his album Believe was a message to Mariah Yeater, the woman who accused Bieber of fathering her child when he was 16, has been confirmed. Today on KIIS-FM, the young pop icon spoke about the song with host Ryan Seacrest.
“Yes, it is about [Mariah],” Bieber said. “‘Cause I couldn’t really talk about it when it was happening … To be able to actually talk about it on the album is really awesome.”
And talk about it he does. The lyrics detail the incident almost word for word.
“She says she met me on a tour / She keeps knocking on my door, / she won't leave me, leave me alone,” he sings.
Yeater initially said Bieber took her into a bathroom backstage at a concert at Staples Center where a 30-second sexual encounter ensued.
She told The Insider that Justin’s demeanor became aggressive. The incident, she asserted, took her virginity and left her pregnant.
Biebs denied the claims from the beginning. In an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer, he tried to set the record straight claiming he “never even met the woman.” Bieber then equated allegations as something that just came with the territory of being a worldwide success.
"So I'm going to ignore the rumors...and focus on what is real. An opportunity to help by doing what i love. Judge me on the music! Love yall!" he tweeted at the time.
The incident went so far that the young singer even considered dropping out of music altogether. After a bumpy ride that involved Bieber agreeing to take a DNA test and even threatening to sue Yeater, she dropped the paternity suit.
Still, Bieber isn’t letting her off that easy…
“I'm talking to you, maria / Why you wanna do me like that? / That ain't my baby, that ain't my girl / Maria, why you wanna play me like that?” the lyrics continue.
Despite initially worrying that the track would shine light back on to the black spot in his past, Justin decided he needed to express himself. And, being the songster that he is, the only way he knew how was in song form.
“People didn’t forget about it. It still was in headline news,” said Justin. “To be able to talk about it and really say my side of the story, and really just express myself... I feel like, you know, that was the best way to do it.”