Although the name Pattie Mallette might not sound familiar at first, this woman is the mother of one of the greatest pop stars of today, Justin Bieber.
Mallette’s life had been a troubled one. She had her son at the age of just 17, and today, she’s a fixture in Justin Bieber’s world.
In her 2013 book Nowhere but Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom, Mallette opened up of her childhood struggles and revealed that she had been sexually abused multiple times by different people while growing up.
She was molested by a babysitter as well as a friend’s grandfather. “I was sexually violated so many times that as the years went by it began to feel normal,” she wrote. “It’s a strange marriage—knowing something is wrong yet at the same time finding it familiar and commonplace.”
Unfortunately, these experiences led to alcohol and drug abuse, something Mallette struggled with as a teenager. “I’ve learned it’s normal and natural for anybody who’s been through sexual abuse to carry that shame and that blame and feel like there’s something wrong with you,” she said on the Today Show. “So I definitely carried that.”
At the age of 17, Mallette attempted suicide. As a result, she ended up at a mental facility and learned that she was pregnant mere months after leaving the place. She and her child’s father, Jeremy Bieber, dated ever since she was 15, but they were involved in an on-and-off relationship. At one point in her life, she was selling drugs and got engaged in small-time theft.
She gave birth to Justin Bieber in London, Ontario, on March 1, 1994.
Although she has been a single mother, she dedicated her world to her son. It was Mallette who knew her son was very talented for singing so she signed him up for the 2007 Stratford Star talent competition, where he placed second singing “So Sick” by Ne-Yo.
In order for her family and friends to see Justin singing, Mallette posted videos of him on YouTube and that’s when someone influential noticed his talent. Well, the rest is history.
Today, besides publishing a book which was number 17 on New York Times’ Bestseller List, Mallette is also a producer.
This woman had a non-traditional childhood but she still managed to raise her son the right way and help him become a superstar.
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