Text messages prove Justin Bieber isn't a father.
The woman who has accused Justin Bieber of fathering her baby allegedly tried to cover up text messages which claimed another man was the father.
Mariah Yeater reportedly asked a friend on Wednesday (16.11.11) to erase an incriminating message, and offered them a cut of the money she is hoping to make from her paternity claim.
Mariah's message, which has been obtained by TMZ.com, to her friend - who has been in touch with her since before her baby was born -reads: "ERASE ALL MESSAGES from my mom."
The message goes on to say Mariah's mother had sent texts to the pal in the past, stating that four-month-old Tristyn was fathered by Mariah's ex-boyfriend Robbie.
While Mariah's pal - who asked not to be named when showing TMZ.com the messages - complied with her request, they still had another incriminating text she hadn't asked them to delete, reading: "Would you please stress to Robbie how important it is for him to be in his son's life?"
A lawyer for Justin said: "This information proves Mariah Yeater fabricated the story. Our independent investigation indicates Ms. Yeater never met Justin, she has consistently identified another man as the child's father, and Ms. Yeater and her co-conspirators hatched this scheme in order to extort money from him and to sell her story to the media."
Justin - who is in a relationship with Selena Gomez - has stated he is happy to take a DNA test to prove his innocence.
While Mariah's original lawyers, Lance Rogers and Matt Pare, have stopped representing her and she has dropped her paternity lawsuit, she has assembled a new legal team and is thought to be continuing a claim against the 'Never Say Never' singer out of court.
Justin Bieber says he is keeping his "head high" amid allegations he fathered a fan's baby.
The 17-year-old singer - who is dating Selena Gomez - has vehemently denied Mariah Yeater's claims that he is the dad of her four-month-old son and is doing his best to stay focused on his work despite the speculation in his personal life.
He told New York radio station Z100: "Right now, I'm focusing on my album and the music and the Pencils of Promise charity we're doing, and just being positive because Christmas time is a time for joy and happiness, so that's what I'm thinking.
"As far as the whole baby situation, it's unfortunate that it had to happen like that that. People make false accusations, but things happen in this industry and you have to keep your head high and be positive."
Despite admitting the claims could damage his reputation as a role model, Justin was able to joke about the claims, saying he wishes he had been the target of a different story.
He joked: "If it was up to me, it would have been a better story like, 'Justin Bieber went off to South America with this 27-year-old supermodel.' That would have been awesome.
"They say that any press is good press - I do not believe that's true. If you're in the spotlight, then people are looking at you to be a role model, and if you're doing bad things to be getting press, I think that's really, really sad."
Justin's manager Scooter Braun has also hit out at Mariah and her legal team after her new lawyer said yesterday he intended to pursue the matter privately out of court.
Scooter said: "Look, I don't usually talk in front of mics but the bottom line is they said they're in settlement talks with us, and the only thing I'm gonna say is they will never be in settlement talks with us.
"We will never settle with them. That's my little guy right there - I protect him - and they messed with the wrong crew.
"It's false and people should be held accountable when they run out and say this stuff. And they have this lawyer running around saying, 'Well, we want everything to be held confidentially now.' But you don't get to go out there and bad-mouth a 17-year-old kid to the entire world then suddenly think it's going to stay confidential. We're not gonna go away quietly."
Selena Gomez admits dealing with claims her boyfriend Justin Bieber had fathered a child with another woman have been "not easy".
The 19-year-old actress - who has been dating the teen singing sensation since March - explained while the situation has been difficult, the pair are doing their best to cope.
Asked by chat show host Ellen DeGeneres whether she was alright in the wake of the outlandish allegations, Selena said: "I have been, yeah. It's not easy to deal with."
Despite the pressure Justin has been under, the 'Monte Carlo' star insists the pair have still been having fun and she has been teasing him in recent weeks about his penchant for wearing baggy pants, as she doesn't understand his obsession with low-slung trousers.
When Ellen asked whether Selena could mention something to her boyfriend about his choice in pants, she said: "I've told him! I don't get it. He just laughs at me."
What do you think of people who make false claims against celebrities? Should they be charged?