Justin Bieber’s BELIEVE and Interview with Pattie Mallette

This post appeared in The Huffington Post on 4/19/16

Believe what you will, but we all know Justin Bieber is two words that sell magazines, generate headlines, and a 47 million following on twitter.

Believe There is Controversy When It Comes to Justin Bieber

As the mother to many, I’ve raised boys who were once the same age as Justin. Like most boys between the ages of 17 and 20, even I had to admit, they were “jerks”.

Believe the Woman Behind The Bieb

Justin Bieber, Justin Bieber's mom, Pattie Mallette, speaks about her son, Believe and Round 2

I had the amazing opportunity to speak with Justin Bieber’s mom, Pattie Mallette, in 2014. She gave me an inside look at the world of Justin Bieber and what it ‘s like to be the megacelebrity’s mom.

Woman-to-Woman, I found her amazing.

Mother-to-Mother , I admire her.

Step back and consider that Mallette had no interest in being a stage mom. She saw Justin as any mother sees her child–handsome and talented.

In a fateful moment, Mallette shared for her family a video on YouTube.

Scooter Braun, a former marketing executive of So So Def, clicked on one of Bieber’s 2007 videos by accident.

We all know the rest of the story.

Three years later (2012), Forbes would dub her son, the THIRD most POWERFUL celebrity in the WORLD.

Think about that title.

At 17 kids think they are invincible. They have a mind of their own. They’re difficult to get anything across to and Mallette was dealing with her son, an ordinary boy with extraordinary success and that title.

Fast forward two years.

Justin Bieber’s mistakes are public and overshadow the generous deeds his celebrity has given him.

His compassion is overshadowed by a 19-year-old boy coming-of-age, whose celebrity has also afforded him more elaborate mistakes.

Bite down on that.

Think about what you did as a teenager; think about what your children did. Now imagine them broadcast globally!

Sometimes life lands where we least expect it.

Believe: The Movie

His movie, BELIEVE , is the continued story of Justin Bieber. It captures his life on tour and the struggles of superstardom coupled with being a young man.

I asked Mallette about the struggles of having her son’s shortcomings broadcast in headlines and suffocating the good that Justin does.

She shared “the world is a critic and Justin is hard to himself. He is always for the underdog and dedicates a lot of his time to charity.”

I had read about his work with
Make a Wish Foundation. I’m sure anyone on planet earth knows his work. If not, I encourage you to look up “Mrs. Bieber“…if you need more information, her name was Avalanna Routh.

It’s a story that will warm your heart and then break it.

A six-year-old girl who put on a pretend wedding announcing she was Mrs. Bieber.

It is the story of the boy the media portrays as “selfish” and “out of control”; a boy is larger than life, but who took the time to meet, visit and love Avalanna.

It is a story of a friendship that defied age, financial freedoms, and health.

It is Justin Bieber and Avalanna Routh’s story of love.

Justin Bieber with Avalanna Roth

In addition to his Make A Wish charity work, Justin also works with Charity Water to supply clean drinking water to those who need it.

He’s involved in Pencil the Promise to help build schools.

The night before my interview with Mallette, Justin had just returned from the Philippines helping the victims of a typhoon.

As a mother of a mega celebrity like Justin Bieber is it still possible to give advice?

The headlines would lead us to believe not, but Pattie Mallette inspired even me when I asked her the question.

“My parenting style has changed as he has grown older. I hope to still be the loudest voice in his ear. I remind him who he is, where he came from and that not everyone is going to agree with what you do. You just have to keep on going.”

While others may judge, Pattie Mallette is a woman who is thankful for what is hers.

Justin Bieber's Mom, Pattie Mallette

“Faith is important to me and I raised Justin with faith, but at a certain point, it goes from a parent’s faith to finding your own faith. Justin is on his journey to find his own faith in his own way.”

Pattie Mallette hasn’t led a life of glamor. She did more than dabble in drugs, she found herself in a mental hospital, pregnant as a young woman and then raising a child as a single mother.

She carried on.

These days she counts her blessings and has recently launched a foundation called Round 2.

The idea behind Round 2 is that when life kicks you down and you feel defeated, that’s Round 1. You deserve a second chance and that’s your Round 2 in life. You don’t have to do it alone. Round 2 offers support, resources and helps guide you back to the path you were meant to travel.

Today, the headlines seem less shocking. Perhaps The Biebs is growing up.

One thing is for certain, he’s talented! His song, Love Yourself, has now made US chart history, spending 22 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10. The former record was held by Justin Bieber for his song, “Sorry“, for 21 weeks.

 Believe Trivia:

BELIEVE was actually supposed to be a 3D Concert Film of the tour and songs. It gained momentum and became what you will see in theaters Christmas Day!

Connect with all things BELIEVE on social media: Justin Bieber Believe Facebook Page. Follow @believemovie on Twitter!


  1. Melanie Shifflett says

    My 8 year old boy thinks theres no one elase in the world like Justin Bieber. Sooooo I have no comments. Lol. I love my boy and my boy loves him. Lol.

  2. Rae Ramos says

    i hear my nieces and grandson singing his songs, but i think he needs someone in his life to keep him grounded.

  3. Anne White says

    My daughter loves him (she is six)…I used to think he was a good role model but not so much anymore!!! PULL IT TOGETHER Justin!!! 🙁

  4. lucretia herriven randle says

    I understand he was thrust into the spotlight and given so many advantages over other children but yes I blame the adults in his life for his current behavior. Why, because they should have instilled in him an understanding that with his fame came great responsibility and that he would become a role model for all children.

  5. Christina Fariello says

    Interesting, luckily I have a young boy so we haven’t had to deal with justin beiber. 🙂

  6. lisa leonard says

    i am sure being young he is probably under a lot of stress ,fame probably isn’t easy to handle

  7. Jill Jackson says

    I know he is a genuine good kid. Most kids get in trouble and “test the water” it is just publicly broadcast when you’re famous.

  8. says

    This really give you something to think about. There are always several sides to every story and the media is usually focused on the side that is going to be “juicier”. It really has made me stop and think about the person that Justin is that we don’t know. Kudos to his mom for being a role model for him and Kudos to you for sharing this story! Thanks!

  9. Sharon Sandoval says

    All the “Yes” people in his life need to start being honest with him or he will never learn….

  10. Megan Sutliff says

    I knew a little bit about his family and how Bieber was discovered. I think this movie is going to be a huge hit and it was nice hearing how involved Justin is with charities!

  11. Kay says

    Wow Justin looks a lot like his Mom! I hadn’t seen a pic of her before. I think she has had a tremendous influence on his life, it is quite stressful to be a child actor/musician, there is no sense of a normal existence and it takes a strong person to handle it well, which is why they so often don’t.

  12. Nicole Gaffney says

    my daughter loves this kid i cant figure out why but i have to agree with his mom when he sang to Avalanna on stage was good

  13. Nikki compher says

    I don’t really have an opinion on Justin. I think he tries his best. But he is only human and will make mistakes.