Justin Bieber's Mom Has Her Own Story To Tell
Behind every great pop icon there’s a mother. In Justin Bieber‘s case, her name Pattie Mallette.
BY: John W. Kennedy
JWK: Your story begins with you being abused as a child and your teen years were also very difficult.
PM: My dad abandoned me when I was about two years old. So, he wasn’t around to protect me the way I needed to be protected. I started getting sexually abused from the time I was about five years old to the time I was ten. It really messed with my sense of self worth and my sense of all that was good with the world, almost. You know, I suffered with a lot of depression and anxiety after that. It really messed with me. So, unfortunately, I know that far too many people today — especially young people — can really relate. So, that was really important for me to include that stuff.
JWK: As you mentioned, you were suicidal at one point.
PM: Yeah. Getting into my teen years, I was filled with so much shame and pain that I got really involved with drugs and alcohol. I was hanging out with the wrong people and getting involved in the wrong relationships and everything just sort of spun out of control. So, one day I was 17 years old and I ended up trying to commit suicide and I ended up in the hospital. As a teenager, that was a really scary thing.
JWK: How old were you when you met (Justin’s father) Jeremy Bieber?
PM: I met him when I was 14 or 15.
JWK: How old were you when you got pregnant?
PM: I was pregnant when I was 18. We were sort of on-again/off-again for a few years. We had a really toxic relationship. We were teenagers and we were just both young and had been through a lot of broken stuff together.
JWK: Did he have a drug problem of his own at the time.
PM: We both struggled with drugs and alcohol at a young age.
JWK: Is it true that when you were pregnant with Justin that you faced pressure to abort him?
PM: There were definitely people very close to me that were pressuring me but I just knew that I wanted to do whatever it took to be a good mom. I thought about the other options and I didn’t know if I would ever be able to go through with any of them. So, I just thought “Well, I don’t have a choice. I need to do whatever it takes to be the best mom that I can be.”
JWK: The suicidal situation was before you were pregnant?
PM: Yes. Six months before I got pregnant I was in the hospital for trying to commit suicide.
JWK: And it was then, as I recall, that you had a religious experience that led you to Christianity.
PM: Yeah. Before Justin was born, when I was in the hospital at 17 when I tried to commit suicide, I had a man come in to visit me. His name was John. He was the director of the youth center that I used to hang out at. He would come to the hospital and he would bring me food and, you know, talk to me. I would just listen to whatever he had to say because he would bring me McDonald’s and all kinds of food. He would just really encourage me. He said “You know, when you hit rock bottom, you have nowhere to go but up.” So, one day I was just desperate and I cried out and I just said “God, if you are real then I need you to show me what you have planned for my life because I’m not doing such a great job and, if you have something better, then I need to know what that is.” And so, in that moment, I had an encounter and it sent me on a path of teaching and it’s something that I could never, ever shake.