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New Justin Bieber book sparks instant controversy Special

By Michael Essany     Jul 27, 2013 in Entertainment
Did Justin Bieber's mother, Pattie Mallette, write a new book about her famous son's recent personal and professional problems under a pen name and then publish it for the world to read?
That's the hottest news sweeping the celebrity blogosphere on Saturday and Digital Journal has new information to share about this developing saga.
On Friday, the bestselling publisher behind hugely popular and controversial biographies of everyone from Madonna to Whitney Houston published "Justin Bieber: Off The Deep End."
Billed as a disturbing and completely unauthorized new eBook, the work explores Justin Bieber's dangerous transition from a fresh-faced teen with a spotless image to a seemingly reckless bad boy on a dangerous professional and personal downward spiral.
On Saturday morning, representatives for Sports Entertainment publishing categorically denied that Mallette, author of the new book “Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom,” is behind "Off The Deep End."
"The book was in no way, shape or form produced by or influenced by Justin Bieber of any member of his family," the publishing house says.
The rumor first surfaced on Twitter and resulted from no apparent evidence, other than pure speculation.
But controversy continues to swirl around the true identity of the book's author. Outside sources confirm - although the publisher will not - that the author was writing under a pen name.
Advertised as having been written by Michael Pattie, "Justin Bieber: Off The Deep End" explores what went wrong, what's really going on, and what can be done to save Justin Bieber... from Justin Bieber.
While at no time in the production of the eBook exclusive did rumors leak that Bieber's mom may attempt to self-publish am ebook about the true story behind Justin's troubles and what fans should do to help him turn his life around, some believe that the book's price - just $0.99 when it could fetch a much higher retail price - is also suspect.
"It almost appears," says former E! Entertainment Television personal and famed blogger Mike Randazzo, "that a ridiculously low price was slapped on this book just so that everyone could get their hands on it and learn what's really going on."
According to Randazzo, someone close to Bieber could have written the book, which is not in any way defamatory or incendiary. In fact, he says, it comes off surprisingly favorable to the Canadian-born singer.
“Who has he [Justin Bieber] really hurt?” one source cited in the book asks rhetorically. “Has Justin Bieber injured, killed, or ruined anybody? Has he done anything really immoral or reprehensible? Absolutely not. What? He smoked weed. He drives too fast. He swears, smokes, and tends to think the world revolves around him. How is this different from the way any teenager would act if they had money and independence? While everyone is quick to say Justin is now a bad role model, consider how much ‘bad’ he’s really done. In my opinion, Rihanna going back to the man who beat her half to death is something that sets a bad example for youth. What has Justin done that’s nearly that horribly wrong? Is the media present when he takes pictures with a child with cancer backstage at a concert? Is the media there to cover the charity he does on the down-low for all sorts of people and causes? Does the media care about anything that makes Justin look good? Because there’s a lot that he does for others, for his family, and for the world. And the world just doesn’t read about it because it sells more tabloids when the focus is on how fast he drives, what he smokes, and the one time he peed in a bucket. Give me a break!”
"Justin Bieber: Off The Deep End" is available now on Amazon.
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