The pop star’s mother said:
“22 YEARS AGO I WAS 18 YEARS OLD, PREGNANT AND SCARED. BUT GOD,” SHE WROTE ON TWITTER. “LORD ENCOUNTER @JUSTINBIEBER FOR HIS BDAY! GIVE HIM ALL I COULDN’T IN JESUS NAME.”
Mallette has witnessed her son go through some tough times since rising to fame at the age of 13. In 2014, Bieber had an especially tough year after he was accused of assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto, egging his neighbor’s home, was arrested for a DUI and questionable driving in Miami, and allegedly taking part in lewd acts like urinating in a prison cell.
During an interview with Billboard last year, Bieber revealed that the behavior put a wedge in the relationship he had with his mother. “I was distant because I was ashamed. I never wanted my mom to be disappointed in me and I knew she was,” he admitted. “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.”
Still, Bieber praised his mom, saying she’s “an amazing woman and I love her.” It was Mallette who gave Bieber his foundation in the Christian faith at a young age, and later introduced him to his pastor and friend, Judah Smith.
“When I was 7, she wouldn’t let me listen to anything but [Pastor] Judah’s tapes falling asleep,” Bieber told Billboard. When Bieber was going through his rebellious phase, Mallette refused to comment on her son’s behavior while she was promoting her 2013 book, Nowhere But Up.
“He wants me to continue to respect his boundaries and my relationship with him,” Mallette told Access Hollywood back in 2013. “Everybody has their own opinion and everybody wants to sensationalise everything. “You have to sort of let them make some of their own decisions,” she added. “Me, personally, I would love to be with him all the time and to be able to ground him and deal with his problems and do all of that stuff, but at some point the parenting style changes. I hope to still be a respected voice in his ear.”