Bieber became a sensation in his teens and that led to some bad decisions, which he acknowledges. He distanced his mom but her love for him was infinite.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on December 28, 2020. It has since been updated.
For every mom who deeply loves their child, it is painful to see them go astray or do anything remotely harmful towards themselves. But, what do you do when that child is a superstar and his attention is being sought by a million people. Any parent who has a child who loves to perform would want them to succeed but they would also constantly worry about the distractions coming their way.
Singer Justin Bieber's mom is just like any other mom, who worries constantly about their child. Pattie Mallette, with whom he was always very close, raised him alone after giving birth to him at the age of 18. She had a difficult life having been abused as a child. She was a performer from a young age too and thinks that it was an escape from reality. She went down a rabbit hole in her teen years and at the age of 17 tried to kill herself. However, she met a Christian counselor later and that changed her life, according to Cosmopolitan.
"I had people talking to me about God saying God can help you," she said during a George Stroumboulopoulos interview. "He showed up in a big way and that's just sort of what turned my perception of everything."
So, when she became pregnant with Justin, there was no way that she was going to not have the child. She also raised her son to be connected to his spiritual side.
So, when Justin's fame became a double-edged sword with him getting into many scandals, including driving under the influence, his mom couldn't see him go astray. It broke their relationship which is now on the mend. The teen singing sensation went from being one of the most popular artistes in the world to one of the most hated persons due to his attitude issues.
Bieber spoke to Us Weekly in 2015, "I was distant because I was ashamed. I never wanted my mom to be disappointed in me and I knew she was. We spent some time not talking, so it takes time to rebuild that trust. She’s living in Hawaii now, so it’s hard, but getting better. She’s an amazing woman and I love her.” Unfortunately, he had described his relationship to her as "pretty non-existing."
In 2016, he gave a shout out to his mother during a concert and asked his fans in Philadelphia to shout "Aloha, Pattie!," according to Bustle. The proud mother wrote on Twitter after 2016's Mother's Day that he called to wish her. "Yes @justinbieber was a good boy and called to wish me Happy Mother's Day!" she wrote.
Two years later, the Sorry singer dedicated a sweet Instagram post to her by quoting the lyrics to the 1997 Boyz II Men song, A Song for Mama. And she responded by posting, "Please forgive me of all of my shortcomings as I forgive you of yours, past present and future!!" she wrote, according to the Blast. "Bless you to be all you were created to be. What an honor it’s been to know you and watch you grow as your mother. We got this. #LoveWins"
The same year, mother and son spent some time together and she posted how she felt about his transformation, on Instagram. "I’m so proud of the amazing young man you are, and the young man you are becoming. I admire your character and integrity. You are maturing beautifully and wise beyond your years. You are so funny that I find myself laughing out loud when I’m alone, remembering … something you said or did. And your heart is gold. I love you to the moon and back. #lovemom,” the proud mother continued, before adding, “Ps. Did I mention I was proud of you?"
Bieber, 26, who got married in 2019 to Hailey Baldwin, 23, had his first Thanksgiving as a married man last year and he hosted both sides of the family for the special day. His mom has accepted Baldwin wholeheartedly and posted a photo of them together captioning, "What a gift!"
The mother and son seem to be in a good place right now since Mallette is not only back in his son's life but has embraced his new wife too. The Baby singer worked on himself extensively and is thankful to the people who continue to love him. He's gone from a young boy to a man accepting his faults and working to fix them.
"It's taken me years to bounce back from all of these terrible decisions, fix broken relationships, and change relationship habits," he wrote in an Instagram post. "Luckily, God blessed me with extraordinary people who love me for me," he added.