Justin Bieber’s mom Pattie Mallette probably gets asked about her son’s behavior a lot.
Perhaps in an attempt to answer them she has given a new interview to People magazine, in which she open up about how she feels about her child’s choices and her struggle with letting go.
The still youthful mom — Mallette gave birth to Justin when she was 18 — admits she has had to adjust how she parents him.
“When your kids hit a certain age your parenting style changes and it is hard letting go,” she told the magazine.
“His life was my life and now I’ve had to let him go a little bit and let him be independent. It is hard to not be able to control everything that your adult child does,” the 37-year-old adds.
In previous interviews, the best selling author of last year’s harrowing autobiography Nowhere But Up said Justin asked for space when he turned 18. However, Mallette seems keen to stress she is doing her best to be the “voice is in his ear” she once said she hoped to be.
“Every parent worries. I text and call him every day. I definitely want to know everything that he is doing and what he is going through so I try to talk to him as much as he’ll let me,” she says.
Then adds: “I mean, he’s on tour and being pulled in a million different directions but we talk as much as he is able.”
Perhaps aware of the “liberal parent” impression she gives off, Mallette insists, “A lot of people might think that I have my head in the sand or that I am oblivious to the things my son is doing.”
By things, the mother-of-one is likely referring to recently surfaced video footage of Justin peeing into a janitorial mop bucket in the kitchen of a New York City nightclub, before shouting “F**k Bill Clinton” and spraying a chemical fluid at a wall photo of the former US president.
Other lowlights of Bieber’s 2013 include numerous instances of attending night clubs with an over-21 door policy, two tour bus drug busts, multiple allegations of spitting and assault, and recurring claims that he and his friends cause havoc in the singer’s gated Calabasas, Calif., neighborhood.
Despite the widespread concern, Mallette seems to acknowledge she thinks there is a problem but also appears to be —- very politely —asking observers not to judge her.
“I know who my son is and I don’t always agree with every single thing that he does,” she declares.
“But I don’t necessarily have to address that with everyone else,” she says finally. “He’s my son and I have to respect he is not going to want me going around being ‘that mom’ talking about his behavior.”
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