Justin Bieber’s mom wants out of the right to life debate, even as she promotes a new movie that is seen as anti-abortion.
Pattie Mallette, who was an unmarried teenager when she got pregnant with Bieber, is an executive producer of the movie Crescendo. Debuting February 28, the movie aims to support residential programs that take in pregnant teenagers who are kicked out of their homes.
But because the movie has some producers with strong anti-abortion beliefs, many believe Bieber’s mom is in on the debate.
Mallette clarified that her involvement in the movie isn’t not about her personal views but instead about raising $10 million to support the centers.
“The press has been saying that I’m producing an anti-abortion film and taking this big stance,” Mallette told The Associated Press. “You know, I haven’t shared my stance with anyone and I’m not here to make a political statement, so there’s been a lot of assumptions made.”
Bieber’s mom added that the center where she stayed when pregnant with Justin had to close for a lack of funds, motivating her to promote Crescendo.
Mallette said she’s tried to give her son some space, even as there are reports of him smoking pot and partying.
“It’s hard, you know, as a mom of an 18-year-old because that’s the time when you just gotta start letting go,” she said. “And, you know, I had to make some of my own mistakes. I gotta kind of let go and let him make some of his own mistakes and just hope that I put all the right things in him.”
In her memoir, Nowhere But Up, Bieber’s mom addressed the debate over abortion, saying that she felt pressure to end her pregnancy but didn’t bend on her pro-life beliefs. Mallette also told TODAY that she suffered sexual abuse before becoming pregnant with Bieber and struggled at times with drugs and alcohol.