Pattie Mallette, mother of pop star Justin Bieber, had her son when she was just 18. Mallette has confessed in the past that she felt pressured as a teen to abort her baby, and now she has produced a pro-life film. The film is purposed to raise money for pregnancy clinics all over the nation, and will be screened on February 28 at various locations around the country.
Mallette has lent her support to the film, titled Crescendo, whose makers hope to raise $10 million for pregnancy crisis centers. The 37-year-old mother plans to be present at some of the screenings. In a statement, she said she hopes her involvement with the project will “encourage young women all over the world, just like me, to let them know that there is a place to go, people who will take care of you and a safe home to live in if you are pregnant and think you have nowhere else to turn.”
The pop star’s mother has spoken extensively about her sexually abusive past, which began when she was just a child and led to her troubled teenaged years. When she became pregnant at the age of 17, she says, she just couldn’t have an abortion, though she felt pressured to.
In her recently releases memoir, Nowhere But Up, Mallette writes of her relationship with Justin’s father, Jeremy Bieber.
“I just knew I couldn’t,” she said of suggestions to abort. “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.”
She gave birth to Justin near her home in London, Ontario when she was just 18 years old, and raised the child with the help of her parents, Bruce and Diane.
The film stars Swiss singer Patrick Nuo and actor Ali Landry, a former Miss USA.
While Bieber has not commented on the film or his mother’s part in it, his mother includes him in her promo spot for the film, stating that she and Justin “both know the importance” of the film in helping young mothers. Bieber voiced an opinion in 2011 about abortion: “I really don’t believe in abortion. It’s like killing a baby,” the then-17-year-old said.
Longtime Beiber associates report, however, that the singer does not want to get involved in divisive political issues.
Below are the videos of Mallette’s promo for the film, and short teaser trailer.