Even though Justin Bieber is worth over $110 million, his disabled grandfather George Bieber, age 61, is living in poverty and recently decided to reach out to NyDailyNews:
“It’s like we now live on different planets,” said George Bieber, 61, breaking his silence on his strained relationship with the 19-year-old “Baby” singer.
Grandpa Bieber said he’s disabled due to a work-related back injury and that his wife, Kathy, works a grueling factory shift, barely earning enough for them to survive.
“He never calls us, and now I sometimes think he doesn’t care,” the elder Bieber said of his grandson, now selling out arenas worldwide on his “Believer” tour.
“It does make me sad, as right now our life is pretty desperate,” said George Bieber at his home in Mitchell, Ontario.
“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. “His grandma has a bad back, too, but works like a dog hauling huge bags of paint powder 40 hours a week.”
“It’s hard to imagine the money Justin has, as it’s about as far removed from our life as you could possibly get,” he said.
“He will always be my grandson and I am, and will always be, so proud of him. It’s just sad he is not a bigger part of our life,” the downtrodden grandad said. “But I guess he is just too busy right now.”