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If a pipsqueak upstart very credible artist disses a superstar and it disappears from the Internet, did it ever really happen to begin with?

For Justin Bieber's sake, we sure hope not.

If Britain's Sun tabloid is to be believed (ahem), then the "Baby" chart-topper unexpectedly lashed out at Mariah Carey during an otherwise run-of-the-mill interview, which was given in conjunction with an acoustic session for the newspaper's website.

And while Usher's protégé had nothing but praise for Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and Beyoncé, he didn't mince words when it came to Mimi.

Nick Cannon, you may want to sit down for this:

"I don't love her new music, it's not the same," he said. "It's like Michael Jordan coming back out to play in the NBA. She is past her best."

Oh yes he did! Uh, or did he?

We would blame his hormones, but it seems there may be something a little more sinister in play.

While the quote did in fact make the initial cut of the online story (as the cached version shows), it, along with any mention of Mariah, has since been removed from the site.

Whether it was the result of a teenage mouth run amok, the imaginings of a particularly creative reporter, the heavy editorial hand of an upset flack or none of the above, Bieber's pure-as-snow reputation is back in tact.

Now if only he could have a word with his management.

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