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Justin Bieber’s grandpa, ‘never a nice man,’ covets the star’s money

JustBieber performs Telenor ArenFornebu Norway April 16 2013.  |  Daniel Sannum Lauten~AFP/Getty Images

Justin Bieber performs at the Telenor Arena in Fornebu, Norway, on April 16, 2013. | Daniel Sannum Lauten~AFP/Getty Images

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Updated: May 25, 2013 6:05AM



J ustin Bieber has been battling a lot of negative energy the past few weeks — fortunately not from his legions of loyal fans who have been selling out his European concert tour, or on-again girlfriend Selena Gomez.

A good part of the ugliness has been generated by comments the “Baby” superstar’s paternal grandfather has been putting out there.

George Bieber, 61, is the father of Justin’s dad, Jeremy — who long has been divorced from the singer’s beloved mom, Pattie Mallette. While George Bieber has been complaining to various press outlets about how his multi-millionaire grandson has not helped him financially — beyond giving him a TV and a small amount of cash last Christmas — a source close to Justin recounts the reasons why.

“George is jealous of [Justin’s maternal grandmother] Diane Dale [to whom the singer’s been very generous],,” says a source close to Justin.

“George was never a nice man or good to Justin. He never paid him any attention. Now that he’s rich and famous, he expects Justin to put him on Easy Street. Diane was always a loving grandma to Justin. That’s the difference.”

Bieber’s pet monkey has been living in an animal shelter since he tried to bring “Mally” into Germany without the proper paperwork. The singer’s team has suggested the capuchin monkey be given to a zoo, but the German customs authorities said Tuesday that Mally will remain at the shelter for the time being. Bieber has until May 17 to file the proper paperwork if he wants to get the monkey back.

FUNNY MONEY: The phrase “it’s expensive being me” seems to have been the mantra for Janice Dickinson, the veteran TV reality personality who has always called herself “the world’s first supermodel.” After many reports about Dickinson’s money woes, she’s now filed for bankruptcy — listing a million bucks in debt, with half owed to Uncle Sam.

My Hollywood gossip pal

Janet Charlton reports a friend of hers — unlucky enough to share a name extremely close to Dickinson’s — is not surprised by the celeb’s bankruptcy filing, as she has been getting many, many calls from collection agencies on the hunt to track down the real Dickinson.

SUPER SPINNER: La Namee Webb — known to her fans as DJ Dimepiece, the popular WGCI-FM (107.5) DJ and radio personality — says that despite “a real nailbiter” this week due to her mixer malfunctioning, she’s still in the “Master of the Mix” DJ competition show on VH1. Webb is the only DJ selected from Chicago.

While the show repeats numerous times on VH1 during the week, the next new episode of “Master of the Mix” airs at 11 p.m. Monday.

PAIN, NO GAIN: Dwayne Johnson underwent emergency abdominal surgery Monday — due to injuries he sustained while defending his WWE pro championship title in an April 7 match against John Cena at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium before a crowd of 80,000.

The surgery caused the pro wrestler and action film star to miss the Los Angeles premiere of his new movie, “Pain & Gain.”

The film’s director,

Michael Bay, who heads to Our Town this week to oversee “Transformers 4,” gave Johnson a shout-out from the “Pain & Gain” red carpet. After wishing him well, he joked the actor “needs to grow up and stop wrestling 300-pound men.”

IN THE FUNNIES: The Bears’ Israel Idonije knows a lot about heroics on the football field, but now he’s bringing that touch of “heroism” to the world of superhero comics. Idonije has teamed up with writer Ron Marz and artist Bart Sears to launch “The Protectors,” with the NFL pro starring as the principal character. A limited edition of the first issue will debut at the C2E2 confab at McCormick Place, Friday through Sunday.

HELPING KIDS: Kudos to Sarah and Kerry Wood, who are announcing Wednesday their foundation’s new scholarship program at the University of Illinois at Chicago — specifically targeting graduating seniors from the Austin, Englewood, Humboldt Park and Lawndale neighborhoods. The first recipient will be announced in May and will enter UIC this fall, with all expenses covered by the Wood scholarship.

Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to be on hand for the launch Wednesday — joining the retired Cub pitcher and his wife, and UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares, Provost Lon Kaufman and Dean of the UIC Honors College Bette L. Bottoms. The Kerry scholarship winner will be a member of UIC’s prestigious Honors College.

AGENDA ACTION: WMAQ-Channel 5’s weekday morning team, Daniella Guzman and Stefan Holt, will host the Illinois Currency Exchange Charitable Foundation’s “Back 2 School” luncheon June 12 at Galleria Marchetti. The event raises funds for 20,000 school supply kits for underprivileged kids in Illinois.

FASHION FLASH: Our Town’s key fashionistas will be front ’n’ center Friday as Inese and Richard Driehaus host their design initiative for emerging student designers at the 12th annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence show at 700 S. DesPlaines.The stylish evening will feature WLS-Channel 7’s

Linda Yu hosting and include a live auction, led by auction queen Leslie Hindman. Sun-Times Splash editor Susanna Negovan will spotlight the accomplishments of past show participants, and this year’s competition will be judged by designer/retailer Elise Bergman , Macy’s buyer Julie Gee and Marie Whitney, founder and creative director of Two Penny Blue.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Recent sightings at Francesca’s on Taylor Street have included Ald. Jason Ervin and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, the Bears’ Peanut Tillman and the Bulls’ Taj Gibson. Charles Carey, Ed Kelly, Jean Lenti-Ponsetto and Emery Moorehead were spotted at O’Brien’s in Old Town — gathered for the annual board meeting of the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame — and planning the CSHF’s annual dinner at Hawthorne Race Course, slated for Sept. 18.



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