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Justin Bieber's paternal grandfather, George Bieber, is speaking out about his 19-year-old grandson's lack of support for his ailing grandparents.
Bieber,61, is the father of the Canadian singer's own dad, Jeremy Bieber. However, the Canadian crooner is a disabled, self-employed demolition worker who said he has not seen Justin since Christmas despite being in need of financial support.
"He never calls us, and now I sometimes think he doesn't care," Bieber's grandfather said in a New York Daily News report. "It does make me sad, as right now our life is pretty desperate."
While the elder Bieber insists that he his wife Kathy are having tough times in their Ontario, Canada residence, his grandson has reportedly offered little support.
"I can't work due to illness, so there is barely any money coming into the house and we only just about get by," the grandfather said in the New York Daily News. "His grandma has a bad back, too, but works like a dog hauling huge bags of paint powder 40 hours a week."
However, Bieber points out that the singer's maternal grandparents are not struggling the way he is.
"For them, nothing seems to be too much trouble, and he buys them new houses, cars, luxury holidays, anything they want. But for us, nothing," George Bieber said. "He was such a big part of our life, and now nothing. It's like he is a stranger and now we barely know him. Thank goodness we have 10 other grandchildren is all I can say."
Although Bieber's representatives have yet to respond to the claims made by the singer's grandfather, the Canadian crooner admitted that misconceptions about his character have upset him in the past.
"The biggest misconception about me is that I'm a bad person," Bieber told Us Weekly last month. "I get upset about that. I have a big heart. I want to be a good role model, but some people want me to fail."