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Justin Bieber’s Mom Helps Troubled Teens

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Matt Baron / BEImages (1164518fg)
Justin Bieber and mother Pattie Mallette
40th Anniversary American Music Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, America - 18 Nov 2012
Photograph by Matt Baron / BEImages

What’s it like to be Justin Beiber’s mom, Pattie Malette? In certain ways it must be fun to know your son is so adored. But in other ways, as a mother, you’d have to worry—especially amid rumors of him speeding, having run-ins with paparazzi, boos at the Billboard Awards, and even a pet monkey.

While Pattie typically stays mum about her son’s misbehavior, she did say this: “You have to sort of let them make some of their own decisions,” she said. “Me, personally, I would love to be with him all the time and to be able to ground him and deal with his problems and do all of that stuff, but at some point the parenting style changes. I hope to still be a respected voice in his ear.”

The teen version of Pattie’s memoir, Nowhere But Up, came out this week. Pattie gave birth to Justin at age 18, and had a rocky childhood herself. Growing up in Canada, she endured the painful divorce of her parents when she was two. At three, she was sexually abused by a series of perpetrators. “A lot of teenagers are feeling really discouraged at their circumstances,” Pattie said.

That’s why she’s also packed her book with advice and hotlines kids can turn to for depression, pregnancy, and advances from sexual predators. She’s even visited Los Angeles projects hoping her struggles could offer hope to others.

“There was this one young man,” Pattie recalled. “He was probably late teens, early 20s. He said, ‘You know, who knew that your story could relate so much with me and that I would have so many similarities with the things that you went through.” But can she help her own troubled teen? That remains to be seen.

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