Wild child Bieber ‘too ashamed’to con­tact mother

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PEOPLE - HEATHER WAUGH

LON­DON: Ear­lier this year he thanked his mother for not giv­ing up on him and for help­ing him end his “stupid phase”.

But sadly, in a new in­ter­view with Bill­board, Justin Bieber has shed light on how his once close re­la­tion­ship with Pat­tie Mal­lette has changed over the past two years.

The 21-year-old heart­throb said his con­nec­tion with his mother is now “pretty nonex­ist­ing”, ex­plain­ing to the mag­a­zine: “I was dis­tant be­cause I was ashamed. I never wanted my mom to be dis­ap­pointed in me and I knew she was.”

Bieber’s wild-child be­hav­iour was well­doc­u­mented be­tween 2013 and 2014, in­clud­ing an ar­rest for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence, heavy par­ty­ing and be­ing con­victed of egging a neigh­bour’s house. The singer said: “We spent some time not talk­ing, so it takes time to re­build that trust.”

A born-again Chris­tian, Mal­lette gave birth to Bieber when she was 17 and raised him as a sin­gle mother with her par­ents’ sup­port in low-in­come hous­ing in On­tario, Canada.

She is cred­ited with nur­tur­ing the young boy’s mu­si­cal tal­ent and would post videos of him on­line – one of which tal­ent man­ager Scooter Braun saw help­ing to launch Bieber to in­ter­na­tional stardom.

He said of his mother: “She’s liv­ing in Hawaii now, so it’s hard, but get­ting bet­ter. She’s an amaz­ing woman and I love her.”

While he has been es­tranged from his mother, Bieber is very close to his fa­ther, Jeremy Bieber.

And though he con­ceded his fa­ther was “not in a place to raise a kid”, the per­former be­lieved the mis­con­cep­tion he was a “dead­beat dad” was un­fair.

He told Bill­board: “He was im­ma­ture. He left for like a year when I was about 4, went to Bri­tish Columbia, came back on Fa­ther’s Day.

“I re­mem­ber my mom said, ‘If you’re go­ing to be here, you have to be here.”

“There’s a mis­con­cep­tion that he’s this dead­beat dad, but he has been in my life since. I was with him on week­ends and Wed­nes­days.”

In May, the Where Are U Now hit maker wished his mother a happy Mother’s Day in In­sta­gram mes­sages.

He said: “This woman taught me every­thing I know, how to love, how to be com­pas­sion­ate, how to be strong when the only thing u wanna be is weak, how to stand when all you want to do is fall.

“If it wasn’t for this woman let’s just say I would have had a way longer stupid phase,” he said. “I love u and thank u for not giv­ing up on me.”

Dur­ing the in­ter­view Justin also spoke about his strug­gle with fame and how it al­most de­stroyed him.

“It might seem awe­some from the out­side but I’m strug­gling. I came out alive. But I was close to let­ting it com­pletely de­stroy me,” he said – Daily Mail


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Justin Bieber.

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