Justin Bieber has threatened to sue the website that posted his un-retouched photos from his Calvin Klein ads, and the site took the story down.
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber and his legal team sent a cease and desist letter to pop music website BreatheHeavy.com after it published before and after photos of his Calvin Klein underwear ads, claiming Bieber had been photoshopped. BreatheHeavy avoided a lawsuit by replying with a retraction.
BreatheHeavy published a series of before and after photographs over the weekend showing how Calvin Klein had heavily photoshopped their underwear ad campaign featuring Bieber and Dutch model Lara Stone.
In the un-retouched images, the 20-year-old pop star displays a smaller torso, chest, biceps, hands, and even a smaller crotch bulge. Official photos, however, showed Bieber had been enlarged exponentially, and even made to appear hairier. The only part of his body that showed a marked decrease in size was his head:
Justin Bieber, before and after the Calvin Klein photoshop pic.twitter.com/jVnyGL3uM6
— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) January 8, 2015
Even Rhea Durham, former Calvin Klein model Mark Wahlberg’s wife, said she believed some “retouching” had been done.
Following the outcry from fans, and even death threats issued to Buzzfeed Community Manager Spencer Althouse for posting the before and after photos on his Twitter feed, Bieber’s legal team took action with a cease and desist letter to BreatheHeavy.com.
“Team Bieber sent BreatheHeavy a cease and desist letter because of the alleged un-retouched Calvin Klein photo we posted, asking we remove the picture in question as well as provide a retraction,” the website said in a statement, as published on Gossip Cop.
“We sincerely apologize to Bieber for the hit to his ego and to the millions of tweens on social media we upset: Swag swag swag, on you. Chillin’ by the fire while we eatin’ fondue,” the site continued, making a reference to “Boyfriend,” one of the pop star’s hit songs.
Currently, there is no telling whether or not Justin Bieber’s Calvin Klein photos have been altered. One thing is certain, though, BreatheHeavy is assiduously avoiding legal troubles this early in the new year.
Take a look at this video featuring the Biebs getting booed when he stripped onstage at the Fashion Rocks show in New York:
That’s the latest gossip on Justin Bieber’s alleged photoshopped Calvin Klein ads. Stay tuned for more celebrity news here at Movie News Guide (MNG).
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Adam Sundana, Flickr