Justin Bieber: Hard statements of his mother (Pictures)
September 19, 2012
Pattie Mallette, 36, mother of the young Canadian singer Justin Bieber, said in an interview with the Today Show that she suffered sexual abuse by a babysitter and grandfather of a friend, when she was 4. She also gave details on how was her life after that abuse. She became addicted to drugs and alcohol, and tried to kill herself.
‘I was full of shame,’ she said. ‘I’ve learned it’s normal for anybody who’s been through sexual abuse to carry that shame and blame and feel like there’s something wrong with you. I definitely carried that.’
By the time she was 14, she was taking drugs and alcohol to deal with the abuse, and by 15, she had lost her virginity. Two years later, she threw herself into the path of an oncoming truck to end her life.
‘It was a culmination built up over the years of the abuse and the pain,’ she said on Today. ‘At the time I was messed up with drugs and alcohol and in a depression.’
As she was recovering in hospital, she was visited by a Christian counselor and had a spiritual awakening, she said – but after six months, she had slipped back into her bad lifestyle.
Aged 17, after reuniting with her on-again off-again boyfriend Jeremy Bieber, Mallette found out she was pregnant and, despite people telling her to abort the baby, she said it never crossed her mind.
‘I just knew I couldn’t,’ she said. ‘I just know I had to keep him. I didn’t know how I was going to do it. But I just knew that I couldn’t abort. I had to do my best, and I was determined to do whatever it took.’
When she was 18, Pattie gave birth to a healthy baby boy near her home in London, Ontario and, even though she had called him ‘Jessie’ all the way through her pregnancy, she named him Justin.
When Gifford asked Pattie about her newborn son’s cries, she laughed: ‘I know this sounds crazy, but it sounded like he was singing. He did!’