Justin Bieber’s mother Pattie Mallette is “genuinely concerned” about her son, but is going nowhere but by his side amid the storm of criminal charges and dramas currently engulfing him.
Some observers and many media reports have been quick to accuse Pattie and Justin’s dad Jeremy as enablers of their child’s misfortunes. But while Jeremy, 38, seems to prefer to express his anger on Twitter, Mallette is stepping up to the plate – as she done in the past – to talk to the media semi-directly.
Speaking exclusively to E! News, a source closely connected to Mallette, said:
“As any mom of an adult child Pattie is holding him close and talking to him about everything, but she can’t make his decisions for him.”
No doubt some of the things the pair are discussing are the convergence of legal challenges Justin is now facing.
The 19-year-old was charged with assault on January 29 for allegedly attacking a limousine driver last December and is due to appear in court on March 10. Bieber is also facing triple charges after his January 23 suspected DUI arrest in Miami Beach — for which a March 3 trial date has been set.
Bieber’s lawyers are presently attempting to stop the release of more CCTV footage of the singer’s custody stay at Miami Beach Police station after his arrest, during which time he was videotaped in various stages of undress and reportedly later urinated in a holding cell urinal.
On top of all that, Justin’s fate in an ongoing vandalism case reportedly lands this week when the Los Angeles district attorney makes a decision on whether or not to press misdemeanor or felony charges for his alleged egging of his neighbor’s house, or drop the case.
In previous interviews Pattie has stressed – despite contrary claims – that she doesn’t have the blinkers on when it comes to her son. It’s a point the source underlines again to E!
“As any caring mother would be, Pattie is genuinely concerned for Justin, and she has said in many interviews before that she doesn’t have her head in the clouds and keeps in very close touch with Justin,” the insider says.
Then adds,”She talks with him almost every day, which is likely more than any mom and a 19-year-old son…and she is in the public eye dealing with all of this.”
The source went on to add that it’s not only Bieber who is under pressure.
As Justin’s mom — Pattie gave birth at just 18 before forging a highly successful career as an author and inspirational speaker — the insider said the oft-brutal comment from strangers about him is tough for her.
“It’s so hard to see people’s opinions and accusations when they don’t know her” the source revealed,
“If she is with Justin, she is accused of endorsing or enabling him, yet if they find out she is not with him they accuse her for not being with her own child in a time like this.”
Affirming Mallette would “never do anything to bring harm to Justin,” possibly a reference to reports the 37-year-old allegedly provided him with the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, the insider is clear on one thing: “Pattie has a great relationship with Justin.”
Adding, “He knows where she stands on the decisions he’s making in his life. He knows what she is proud of and what she has serious discussions with him about.”
And in the strongest statement yet to critics, the confidant said Pattie doesn’t make excuses for her son but refuses to “turn on him for the approval or opinion of the world.”
A lengthy closer from the insider follows below:
“Those close to her know from Pattie, that it’s always challenging as a parent to raise your child in the way you know to be right, letting them grow as they need when they become adults and have strangers share their opinion in unfounded, often hateful ways.”
“It would be hard to imagine that any parent wouldn’t feel the same love, concern and responsibility as Pattie does in regard to her son’s well-being. Pattie and Jeremy both know that they are responsible before God and are focusing on their son’s well-being in private.”
Let us know in comments what you think of Pattie and Jeremy’s parenting of Bieber and the criticism they receive.