Justin Bieber’s Mom Addresses Her Son’s Recent Behavior


You know. I don’t know why but I kinda had high hopes when I saw that Justin Bieber’s mom Pattie Mallette was speaking out about his recent ummm… how do you say? Douchebaggery. I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if just one Mom somewhere came out and said ‘Yes, my son is kind of a douchebag. I love him. He was actually quite adorable and perfect when he came out of my body, and somewhere, something went kinda off. I have to take responsibility for my role in his douchebaggery and I have to get better at teaching him to take responsibility for his own douchebaggery, so that he might grow up and rid this world of one less douchebag. Again, I love my son, and I am also disappointed in his behavior because why wouldn’t I be disappointed in a human being who publicly urinates into restaurant mop buckets and insults former Presidents only to call those Presidents later and offer weak apologies?‘ So yeah, in my dream world, that’s what Pattie said. Click inside to see how things go down in the real world, where parents are never, ever allowed to admit that they may or may not have raised an asshole.

People has the story:

What does mom have to say?

Following a list of controversial antics during the last few months by her son, Justin Bieber, Pattie Mallette acknowledges the 19-year-old doesn’t always do the right thing.

“I’m not naive to think that my child is perfect and making all the best decisions of his life,” the Nowhere But Up author, 38, recently said on Watch What Happens Live.

Bieber’s recent controversial acts have included: writing that he hoped Anne Frank would have been a Belieber; collapsing on stage during a concert in London; appearing on stage at a show two hours after his scheduled performance time; and most recently, he was seen on video urinating into a mop bucket and yelling an expletive at a photo of former president Bill Clinton.

“He knows what I disagree with and he knows all the things that I’m really proud of him for, too,” Mallete says. “I mean, people don’t talk about all the great things he does every day. Every night before a show, he meets with Make-a-Wish kids. He goes to sick kids’ hospitals. He visits with them [and] takes his time. He gives back to charities.”

But Mallette fails to address anything specific about her son, vaguely telling ET Canada, “I just deal with whatever comes up, I think as you would if your kid was off to college and making decisions. You just … I just talk to him, I call him … and he knows what I think.”

Mallette – who shot down Bieber questions by telling the reporter, “No one wants their mom on television talking about their business” – did say that when it comes to his relationship with off-and-on gal pal, Selena Gomez, she’s “just [going to] support him in whatever he decides, and I think that he’s made good decisions so far on that whole scene.”

Actually, as you can see, at the beginning of the interview she kinda started off on the right path. This sentence totally gave me hope:

I’m not naive to think that my child is perfect and making all the best decisions of his life.

But then the charity work stuff came up and it was all downhill from there, lol. Donating your money and time to charity just means (usually) that you have a little extra money and time to donate to charity, which is awesome. Thank you Justin Bieber, and thank you rich people everywhere for doing the kinda obvious thing and donating a little extra time and money to children with diseases.

And. At the same time. If you also spend some of that extra time urinating into restaurant mop buckets… well? It kinda problematizes the whole charity work thing. Patti is basically saying, ‘Look I know my grown ass kid just peed in that bucket, but you should see the charity work he does.‘ LMAO! Parents of the world, we need to hear ourselves sometimes. Jezebel recently published a piece titled ‘Be Honest: Is Your Kid An Asshole?‘ and I loved the idea behind that. The sooner you recognize the asshole-like tendencies developing in your child, the sooner you won’t be Pattie Mallette.

Now all that being said, I feel for the woman. My children are not in the public eye and when we do go out in public I always feel an extra sense of anxiety about the things they do. We all know there are people who throw you that side-eye when they see your kid running in the grocery store. Even as I write this I’m all like, You bitches better not judge me just because my kids run in the grocery store, lol! It’s a tricky thing to be responsible for the behavior of another human being, but it’s what we signed up for. Pattie would probably be better off accepting her role in all of this, if only that Justin will learn to be the kind of person who accepts his role in all of this. I am, however, really really glad that she didn’t use his age as an excuse. So, props to her on that one.

How does Pattie’s interview strike you? Do you think more needed to be said, or is she doing the best she can do over here?


  • Angi Watson Dudas

    Here is the problem when your child is your meal ticket. She is walking a tight robe because she needs to address his behavior but doesn’t want the gravy train to end.

  • Nisim Z Fra

    Dumb ass bitch is the best way to summarize this.

  • dee

    There comes a time in every child’s life that a parent needs to smack their rude, disrespectful ass in public. The Beib’s time has come, and mum needs to grow a pair, grab a wooden spoon and go to town!

  • Krissy

    A person can do a million wonderful things, but if they do two million horrible things they are still awful. Perhaps he should tweet more about his charity work and not just about his abs? HE hasn’t put the focus on his good deeds, cleary he would rather be known for “swag” than decency.

    Being charitable does not take away the fact that Beiber made someone else clean up his pee. Perhaps he should start wearing diapers under those drop crotch pants.

  • rOXy

    You’re right, Shannon. All of his good works are, uhm, “washed” away every time he pulls a stupid stunt like driving 100mph in a residential neighborhood full of kids. You can go see all the sicks kids you want, but if you are endangering their lives as much as any cancer, then sorry, you get no bananas. You know what I mean? Sorry Mama Beiber is in denial, but perhaps that is her natural attitude and it could be exactly WHY he is such a little asshole.

  • @janaegal — Your comment almost got snatched up by the spam filter, I managed to retrieve it here:

    I don’t know, but I would strongly GUESS that his charity work is arranged by his management team and he would never think to do those things proactively, on his own.

    Look, this is the thing. I think sometimes parents get caught up in this idea that they want to be “fun” parents and that’s great, you should be. But you still need to be a PARENT and you need to teach your child boundaries and rules and morals and ethics. I have a girlfriend who is a single mother, bless her heart, and her kids are NOTORIOUS in my friend group. They’re just little terrors. And she thinks it’s cute when they say cuss words or do things they aren’t supposed to do or when she gives them ice cream for dinner constantly. But I don’t. I think they’re assholes. And assholes come in all shapes and ages, except these kids are assholes and it isn’t their fault, it’s their mom’s fault.

    Justin Beiber is a douche. Who’s fault it that? At some point it’s going to be his own fault, maybe it even is now. But I really think the blame falls with his parents AND his management team. I’m 32 years old and when I get bitch face or pouty because something doesn’t go my way, you better believe my parents still have the ability to put me in check with JUST a look. Because that’s how I was raised. I know better.

    • Shannon

      janaegal, I love this comment. I definitely remember thinking I’d be a ‘fun mom’ before I had my boys and yeah… NO. LMAO. I quickly learned that friends are for fun, games are for fun, moms are… for something else. Doesn’t mean that you can’t be fun, but when that’s your ultimate goal as a mom, you end up giving your kids ice cream for dinner “constantly” as opposed to “once a year” LOL.

    • janaegal

      Thanks Trent. I’ve noticed that a lot of my comments go missing, I don’t usually swear so I don’t think that’s it. In this case I think it was necessary to get my point across :)

  • Gillian

    For the last effing time, can famous brats please stop comparing their behaviour to those of kids who are in college? It really erks me! Do kids do stupid stuff in college? Absolutely, but generally that behaviour stops pretty quickly after the first year. With the work load, and the cost of school, not many people are willing to risk getting kicked out for a little stupid fun. They are there to learn, grow, get an education, and hopefully leave as productive members of society.
    Just because you donate your time and money to charity – doesn’t give you a free pass to be a douchebage the rest of the time. Time for Mama Beibs to ACTUALLY be a mother! Talk to your kid. Do not sit there and give us the “he knows what you disagree with” line. What he is doing is WRONG plain and simple. It is high time someone with meaning looks Justin in the eye and tells me that.

    • Gillian

      Looks HIM in the eye, not me…

    • supercute

      Yes! People in college who do dumb shit get punished for it. Justin Bieber does not. There is a huge discrepancy there.

    • Gillian

      EXACTLY!! And majority of the time they LEARN from their mistakes. Justin keeps doing the same thing over and over again. This isn’t an ooops I made a mistake anymore, this is his normal behaviour now.

  • Emily

    You know, I saw this woman was on Watch What Happens with Kris Jenner & I threw up in my mouth a little. I can’t believe there’s a mother who can make Kris look good. Throw in Dina Lohan and you’ve got quite a bunch there.

  • Lisa

    I’m sure she is embarrassed and it’s really bad timing for her doing a book tour. I teach elementary school and it’s more common for parents to make excuses or point out how other children are doing the same thing, or how other children were the real cause of the issue. More rare is when they thank me and tell me they will take care of it.

  • Lisa

    And by the way, I feel very strongly that she should have commented on how inappropriate the peeing was especially. Why can’t we as parents just admit our children are not perfect and sometimes they totally disappoint us?

  • John R Costello

    tell your littel Meal Ticket to have some dammed Decorum, be Humble……go apologize to the kitchen workers of that restuarant…..tell him to mop the dammed floors…..like that would ever happen…..of course you’re gonna slap his wrist and say bad boy…you dont want your meal ticket mad at you do u?

  • Serenity

    While I don’t donate my time to charity, I do go to church every Sunday. Going by what Bieber’s Mom is saying, I think that earns me the right to at least kick a kitten or two – maybe three, since I also tithe.

    Anyways, I think she should have kept quiet. She’s basically admitted that she’s the type to think kids will do what they want, and you can’t stop them. If she’s not going to even try to be a parent, she should just sit back, quietly, and look embarrassed.

  • adam

    I tried posting this before. It didn’t take. Try 2…

    There are so many dimensions to this. First of all, I am sick, SICK of people over the age of 16 with more brain cells than feet talking about Justin; AT ALL. Over 24? Just pathetic… yet here we all are. As to the matter at hand, from a practical perspective, I’m not certain what his mom can actually do NOW. Though publicly making excuses seems a bad idea. If you look at most of my contemporaries who got rich and famous young and made it without being douchebags, they all would talk about their parents with love as the people who kept them in check: Natalie Portman, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Claire Danes, Jennifer Lawrence, etc. They all *wanted* that relationship with their parents. Probably that is due to loving, caring, incredibly supportive parents… who also were able to instill discipline through loving, caring, supportive means. Justin’s mom was a single, poor, uneducated 16 year old when she had him and while this isn’t meant to bash any of that, I’m not certain what understanding of parenting she had or was capable of through Justin’s most formative years. From personal experience, I couldn’t find what I was looking for from my parents in my teens and early twenties, so I became close with a few much older people who really helped talk me through those times. Justin doesn’t seem to want that. He says he does, but he acts differently. And the excuses that he is just young… YES, we were all 19 once, and did stupid and disrespectful things. The issue is, like maybe 2 or 3. And maybe 1 or 2 when we were 20. And another one at 21. And most of us instantly regretted it and tried to make amends or somehow mourn the experience and better ourselves from it. CERTAINLY, if our parents had found out the response would not have been “well, try to do better next time.” And now, for Justin, this stuff seems a nearly daily occurrence and he seems to enjoy it as part of who he is. While any singular occurrence might be write-offable to normal teenage nonsense, looking at this holistically, it is a far FAR cry from “normal”. Someone really should give this brat a serious talking to… but it will only work if he will listen. And even if his mother really cannot say or do much NOW, she could have said and done things THEN to make him want to listen now.

  • adam

    Just sent a long message that I cannot re-type right now that somehow didn’t go through. Can Trent or Shannon retrieve it and post? Thanks!

  • Heather Boilanger

    Of course his mom is a co-dependent of his behavior! How else would he have ended up that way? The apple never falls far from the tree.

  • Mela

    This interview was pretty much what I expected. She’s his mom, y’all. She doesn’t owe us anything and if she did go off the rails about his behavior, we’d be talking about how she’s the next daddy Lohan. Give her a break. If she wants to discuss his juvenile behavior with someone, it really shouldn’t be the media. He’s 19, an adult, which makes him fully culpable for his shiz and I don’t think his mom, who is doing her thing in Ontario, should be responsible to explain it.

  • supercute

    I don’t care if JB gives every kid who has cancer a million dollars and a pony, this type of behavior is not ok. It’s a lot easier to be nice to some sick kids your publicist is throwing in front of you. It takes a good and humble person to think about how your shitty actions affect other people. Rather than take a quick moment to be humble and feel grateful he’s never had to mop a floor in his life, he took a piss in a mop bucket that some unfortunate (and probably underpaid) person has to deal with. I personally cannot wait until karma catches up with him. This kid is a complete tool.

  • duckie

    I pity the guy (Justin). If I were in his shoes, I really wouldn’t know how to react to this public shitstorm that everyone wants to get on.

    I mean, really people, he’s just a kid. A kid who had to face the kind of fame and fortune that not even well-adjusted adults can handle.

    He’s acting like a teenager, which he is. The big difference is all the stupid things he does gets magnified millions of times over. We’ve all done at least one stupid thing when we were on our teens. (If you haven’t, you should call the pope because you should be canonized.) And, we see a lot of teens saying stupid stuff in youtube/facebook/twitter. He’s no different from them. He’s no different from us when we were doing god knows what during our less enlightened period. But, thankfully, we were fortunate enough to have privacy and some form of invisibility from the public.

    All I am saying is, I am not gonna demonize this boy; and I definitely sympathize with his mother who is being the only person there for him. I don’t know him in person, and I don’t know what it is like to have the kind of fame that he has. It must be very lonely being a Justin Bieber. Poor naive boy. But aren’t all boys? Naive and sometimes stupid.