Justin Bieber was recently revealed as the new Marky Mark, a.k.a. the new face of Calvin Klein. But now there are claims that the photos of a bulky Biebs in his underwear were Photoshopped.
Website BreatheHeavy.com released the allegedly unretouched photo of Bieber as a GIF, which suggests that his muscles, bulge and hands have been increased in size. An image from a behind-the-scenes video also shows him with less body hair than in the official ads.
Bieber's team has denied any use of Photoshop on the ads, according to a letter obtained by TMZ claiming that the photo from BreatheHeavy is fake. His team also apparently sent BreatheHeavy a cease-and-desist letter, requesting them to remove the GIF and admit to falsehood. The website has since responded, deleting the image from Instagram, apologizing to Bieber and retracting their claims in the following statement:
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.
Because BreatheHeavy is not about making anyone feel bad or intentionally stirring the pot (and are definitely not here for lawsuits), we shall retract the story per request.
We sincerely apologize to Bieber for the hit to his ego and to the millions of tweens on social media we upset.
Calvin Klein also posted a photo of a shirtless Bieber to their Instagram on Friday night with the caption, "Can't touch this."
For more, head to TMZ.