Rolling Stone: Yeah, We Misquoted Bieber

His stance on abortion is a bit different than what was first printed

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 18, 2011 9:46 AM CST

(Newser) – Following an uproar over Justin Bieber’s comments about abortion in a Rolling Stone interview, the magazine admits it misquoted him. The preview for the article originally had Bieber saying, “I really don't believe in abortion. It's like killing a baby?" And, in the case of a woman who was raped, "Um. Well, I think that's really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I guess I haven't been in that position, so I wouldn't be able to judge that." Turns out the preview left out one critical line: “I don’t know how that would be a reason.”

The update on the magazine’s website points to a shot of the print version, in which writer Vanessa Grigoriadis did correctly quote Bieber, like so: “‘I really don’t believe in abortion. I think [an embryo] is a human. It’s like killing a baby.’ Even in the case of rape? ‘Um,’ he says. ‘Well, I think that’s just really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I don’t know how that would be a reason.’ He looks confused. ‘I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.’” Click for more from the interview, like how long Bieber thinks you should wait before having sex.

Canadian singer Justin Bieber attends at the Premiere of his film 'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, in Paris.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
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