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.
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.
JWK: But you did have some lapses after that.
PM: Yeah, absolutely. I wasn’t all cleaned up by any means. It’s been a messy faith. It’s been a journey.
JWK: But it was the beginning of the change in your life.
PM: Yes, it was the beginning of the change.
JWK: I’ve had depression is my past as well. Do you see the scars from your past as blessings now? Are they gifts that help you relate to other people?