Justin Bieber’s mom Pattie Mallette has added her voice to the near-universal praise of Selena Gomez’s emotional song and video debut of “The Heart Wants What It Wants.”
And, clearly, Selena’s confirmation in a Thursday radio interview with host Ryan Seacreast that the song is about Justin has everyone buzzing too.
This is Jelena, after all.
In a tweet posted Thursday, Mallette wrote, “#TheHeartWantsWhatItWants. Ugghh. So true! Great song love. So proud of you @selenagomez. xo,” then linked to the video.
— Pattie Mallette (@pattiemallette) November 7, 2014
While some may be surprised that Pattie has gone public about her support of a song that doesn’t exactly paint her only child in a flattering light, there are a few likely reasons.
Over the years, the 38-year-old author and producer has spoken often about her affection for Selena. Back in 2012, the single mom told Ellen DeGeneres in a TV interview that the former Disney starlet was “so good for him [Justin].”
During the show, Pattie referred to her relationship with Justin’s father, Jeremy, revealing,
“Me and his dad had a toxic relationship growing up,” also adding their dynamic changed as they got older.
It seems Mallette, who raised Justin alone early on, understands unhealthy romances and how they can change when people get honest.
In addition, Pattie, a born-again Christian, is the author of Nowhere But Up, published in 2012.
The book details her personal struggles as an abused child and her experimentation with drugs and drink and even a suicide attempt. She has since gone on to use the book as a platform to help young teens, mostly girls, and frequently tweets inspirational messages.
From Pattie’s tweet, it’s clear she agreed with Selena’s decision to tell her story and likely approves of the 22-year-old’s decision to end her intimate relationship with Justin to set an example to other girls in the same situation.
Selena opened up about her continued closeness with Justin to Seacrest, just hours after premiering “The Heart What It Wants” video and single yesterday.
“I support him. I think I always will,” she said. “I’m upset when he’s upset, I’m happy when he’s happy. I don’t want anything bad ever to happen to him. It hurts me. That’s all.”
Selena also shared Justin’s reaction to her single.
“He thought it was beautiful. I think it was really hard. I think he was a little jealous of the video guy at first,” she quipped at the end.
Pattie isn’t the only person from Bieber’s camp to congratulate Selena on her success. On Friday, Justin’s manager, Scooter Braun, tweeted the actress-singer, writing,
— Scooter Braun (@scooterbraun) November 7, 2014
Real people, real emotions. Selena said something very similar in her interview, when she reflected on her decision to share “The Heart Wants What It Wants” with the world.
“Honestly, music is an expression. And if you will be that voice for these girls, there are so many people that feel this. This is universal.”
Indeed it is. Gomez is saying she released her song so that others could find strength in her story, not point fingers.
That should be remembered.