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: 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?
PM: You know, in the moment, everything is really painful, obviously to go through those kinds of things, but I don’t know that I would go back and change it just because it made me who I am today. It also helps me to be able to use my story for good and help other people.
JWK: As indication of how much your life has come together, you’re actually producing movies now.
PM: Yeah, I produced a movie short called Crescendo…It’s got (11) international film festival awards. It’s doing really great.
JWK: Becoming a movie maker seems like quite a turn in your life. How did that happen?
PM: I’m also producing on a full-length feature called Day One. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve just been connecting with the right people and letting them know that I’m interested in doing this.
JWK: How did Crescendo and Day One, particularly, come about?
PM: Crescendo came actually through (Movie to Movement founder) Jason Jones. I’m friends with him and he thought this would be a good fit because the goal was to raise $10 million for crisis pregnancy centers. Because I lived in a pregnancy center the whole time I had Justin, he knew I’d be able to relate.
JWK: How about Day One, your first full-length feature? What’s that about?
PM: It’s the true story behind an organization called To Write Love on Her Arms. It’s the true story…Renee. She was an addict and she wanted to go to rehab. It’s the story of her healing. What happened was there…there were five young adults that lived in a house with her trying to detox her for five days before they put her in this rehab center…She used to cut nasty things on her arms and (one of the guys) wrote a blog called To Write Love on Her Arms and it turned into this great big organization. It’s pretty exciting.
JWK: When can we expect to see that?
PM: Hopefully next year at some point.
JWK: You’ve also in the midst of starting your own foundation called Round 2. Can you tell me about that?
PM: The idea behind Round 2 is that, when you get knocked down you get knocked down in Round 1 of life, there’s Round 2. So, we’re gonna be helping people that have been through really hard-to-overcome situations like suicide attempts, self harm and drug and alcohol addiction…So, our first initiative is called Speak Up, Listen Up. We’re encouraging people to share their story with other people and to listen to someone else’s story so that we can not only not keep things inside but also encourage other people. I know some people need counseling but not everyone can afford it. Our first idea is to help fund counseling for those that can’t afford it.
JWK: Is there a website for that?
PM: Round2.org. It’s just in the very beginning stages.