Justin Bieber’s a self-professed mama’s boy who credits his mom, Pattie Mallette, with his overwhelming achievements. While the mother-son duo is now riding high on the Biebs success, it was more than a struggle in his early years and, in the past, Justin has opened about how Pattie toiled as a single teenage mother to make ends meet.
What the world didn’t know is just how much Pattie put on hold to devote to her son’s career, and in her new memoire Nowhere but Up: The story of Justin Bieber’s Mom, the 37-year-old, reveals all the details of their rags-to-riches story. Pattie is so open with her life, she admits she hasn’t had sex in over a decade because she vowed to abstain until she was married and not to date until Justin was of age.
Her most shocking revelation by far, is the detailed account of her own childhood sexual abuse, which sent her into a spiral of drug and alcohol addiction. She writes, “I did what I was told. Just like a good little girl… I was sexually violated so many times as the years went by it began to feel normal.”
Watch Pattie, in her own words, describe her journey in the video below.