With over two million Twitter followers and pop sensation Justin Bieber as her son, Pattie Mallette can relate to teenagers everywhere. She recently unveiled the teen version of her bestselling book Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom. The book aims to encourage teens by telling of the healing she found out of her painful past.
Pattie opens up to Celebrity Teen Scoop about her book and how she had to overcome painful circumstances like sexual abuse in her childhood and teen years. She also shares how she lived in government housing, “worked 2 to 3 jobs to try to put food on the table,” and nurtured Justin‘s talents to become the sensation he is today.
CBS: Tell us about your book, Nowhere But Up. What is the book all about?
PM: “Nowhere But Up is my life story. A lot of people think my life has always been great because I’m Justin Bieber‘s mom. What many people don’t know is that I had to overcome a lot of painful things in my childhood and teen years. I wanted to share my story and healing journey to help inspire other people.”
CBS: What was the inspiration behind writing the book?
PM: “When I was younger, people told me their stories about how they overcame difficult circumstances. This gave me the hope to get through, and I hope my book does the same for other people.”
CBS: In the book, you open up about being sexually abused and turning to drugs and alcohol to cope. How did you turn your life around?
PM: “I lived with a lot of shame and pain because of the abuse. After turning to drugs and alcohol to cope, I ultimately ended up in the hospital after trying to commit suicide. What turned my life around was a combination of amazing people not giving up on me, counseling, my faith, and my determination to be healthy.”
CBS: You were a teen mom to your son, popstar Justin Bieber. How did you survive? Did you have support of Justin’s father? Your family? Were you working? Getting educated? What kind of mom were you at that time?
PM: “I lived in a maternity home throughout my entire pregnancy with Justin. Afterward, I lived on social assistance and in government housing and worked 2 to 3 jobs to try to put food on the table. I was determined to do what I had to do in order to be the best mom I could be.”
CBS: How did you nurture and foster Justin’s talents to become the huge success that he is today?
PM: “I did what I could to ensure that he was able to play the sports that he was interested in and had musical instruments in the house available to him.”
CBS: What is your best advice to parents who have children entering showbiz/the music industry?
PM: “I didn’t seek out the entertainment industry for my son, so I’m probably not the best person to ask for advice! He uploaded his videos a local singing competition to YouTube it went viral from there.”