UPDATE: Bette Midler has the perfect response to Bieber’s suggestion that he has no idea who she is:
EARLIER: Add Bette Midler to the (short) list of celebrities Justin Bieber claims not to recognize: In a new story for Billboard, the “What Do You Mean?” singer mistakenly calls her “Britt Meddler.”
As a refresher, nude photos of Bieber surfaced in October and his dad responded publicly on Twitter by tweeting at his son, “what do you feed that thing. #proud daddy.” Midler then tweeted, “The biggest dick in this situation is the dad who abandoned his son.”
“I don’t even know who that is,” Bieber told Billboard, referring to Midler — who has two Oscar nods, three Grammys, three Golden Globes, and three Emmys to her name.
“I wanted to immediately say, ‘Who is this lady?’ but then I’m just fueling this negativity,” Bieber went on. “I do feel the photo was an invasion of my privacy … My dad made light of it, but I don’t think that’s sick and twisted. It was funny. Dads are going to be dads.”
Read the full story over at Billboard.