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Justin Bieber’s grandparents live in squalor, want cash

Pop star has icy relationship with his father's side of the family
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Patrick Pentland, April 24, 2013 3:47:33 PM

Britain’s Sun on Sunday newspaper is reporting that pop superstar Justin Bieber has no love for his paternal grandparents. In an interview with the paper, Justin’s grandfather, George Bieber, 61, says that the “Boyfriend” singer has all but abandoned him and his grandmother, Kathy.

“It’s like we now live on different planets,” he said.

Bieber jr. is worth a reported $100 million, but has given his father’s parents little more than a TV and some Christmas cash over the last few years. George has been sidelined due to a work injury, and his wife works 40 hours a week at a factory. Their house has been damaged by an ice storm, and the paper reported that they live in squalid conditions.

What’s of interest is that Justin shows much more love for his mother’s side of the family. His parents never married, and Patricia Mallette raised Justin with the help of her parents, while his father married and had 2 children of his own. So Justin appears to have a good relationship with his mother’s parents, and according to George Bieber he buys them “new houses, cars, luxury holidays, anything they want.”

Sure, Justin is rich, but he doesn’t seem to have had much of a relationship with his father’s side of the family. The fact that he is generous with his other grandparents indicates to me that he’s not tight fisted when it comes to his money. But I’m not sure how I’d feel if my grandparents went public claiming that they weren’t getting any of my hard-earned cash. It seems a bit much to whine to the newspapers about your 19 year-old grandson, who is currently earning money on a world tour and taking a beating in the press all ready. I’m not sure what the intention was. Embarrassing Justin into handing over money?

Money can be a very divisive thing, and it sucks when family becomes bitter because of it. In the end, it’s Justin’s money, and although I’m not in his shoes, I’d be surprised if he didn’t pony up to help fix up his grandparent’s house. At the same time, going to the press basically cutting their grandchild down wouldn’t seem to me to be the way to go about things. Maybe a phone call first.

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