Raising Justin Bieber
Pattie Mallette and her son, Justin Bieber.
October 19th, 2012
10:52 AM ET

Raising Justin Bieber

By Gavin Godfrey, CNN

(CNN) – At the age of 17, Pattie Mallette threw herself in front a moving truck in a botched suicide attempt.

Six months later, Mallette learned she was pregnant with her son, now known to the world as pop star, Justin Bieber.

Mallette describes her dark past and bright future in the new book, "Nowhere but Up: the Story of Justin Bieber's Mom." Mallette told CNN she remembers the feeling the of hitting rock bottom:

[2:50] "When I was in the hospital for trying to commit suicide I was desperate and I just literally cried out to God and said if you are real you have to come and help me and if you have a purpose and a plan then it's got to be better than what I'm doing so let's see it."

As a single mother with a musically-talented son, Mallette uploaded videos of a young Justin to YouTube for friends and family, and found it hard to ignore all of the attention coming in from the music industry:

[4:04] "After the offers kept coming and Scooter, who is Justin's now manager, was very persistent, I had to give him a chance to have a voice in this and say what do you want do and then come along side him and support him. It took a lot of prayer and conversations with Justin."

Proceeds from Mallette's book will go to her Nowhere But Up foundation.

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  1. Lisa Shetler

    PS from me re my comment above, you can email me at lisashetler@yahoo.com .
    I am happy to debate with anyone in a civil manner but no dumb insults allowed.

    October 21, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lisa Shetler

    MANY of the remarks insulting Justin Bieber and his mother are idiotic beyond words and were it not for freedom of speech
    there is NO WAY such comments from imbeciles would be tolerated! Justin is musically and spiritually gifted and that is why he has achieved what he has. He is also very generous charity-wise like Michael Jackson, whom he respects and
    admires. He has an energy about him which goes beyond his physical appearance, whether you like his look and style
    or not. Michael Jackson also had that kind of spiritual presence. If you watch the t.v. shows and videos of Michael's
    concerts and compare them with those of Justin's concerts, an interesting link is noted. Fans have a similar
    extreme reaction to Bieber as they did to MJ and I think this is more enthusiastic of a reaction than what other
    performers get. Certain people are in this world right now for spiritual reasons. Justin is one of them, and MJ
    is still spiritually with us. Connect the dots folks!!!!!

    October 21, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jason281

    So many people on here that are very jealous. The kid got a lucky break, was heard at the right place at the right time, and boom, he is set for life. Do you guys hate all people that are successful musicians or actors? I mean come on.

    October 21, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fred bazzeeda

    wt ffff is this still on the front page of the US section after 4days!
    this right here tells you the status and the mentality of the modern day america.

    October 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Idol worship

    At least they called him what he is a (false) idol

    October 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. aj

    she looks like an ugly alanis morriset. There's not a huge gene pool up there in Canada

    October 21, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
    • USAsuxazz

      You're an idiot, inbred hick. No wonder the rest of the planet hates america

      October 21, 2012 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
      • Steven

        Coming from the person who is jealous of America... Canada, stop making music! For the love of God. It's too bad his mom doesn't know how to commit suicide properly.

        October 21, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    Bieber has a BIG head.

    October 20, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rob breisch

    Mom is very beautiful!

    October 20, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Andrew

    Shes a stand in cause Beiber was actually genetically engineered in a test tube for record companies.

    October 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. majav

    Can you say boob job on CNN?

    October 20, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. majav

    What all mothers need to know. Don't save up for your kid's college, get plastic surgery instead.

    October 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tina

    That looks like a sister no a mom...kinda awkward.

    October 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. unowhoitsme

    Shame on all of you writing such rude and mean comments. Everyone in life goes through hard times. It's called life.

    Pattie, thanks for sharing your story with others. Justin is a good example for a lot of kids. May both of you keep it together with all the fame. Keep life simple, enjoy the small things, and love each other always.

    October 20, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      Justin has talent, but the things he does in the future will affect him. He may realize what he's doing isn't right. For his younger fans its not apporpriate for them to see his videos. They're to grown up for kids younger than 9. I am a fan, but Justin if you ever read this keep in mind that you are a good person and don't need to get involved in things that could get you in great trouble! Luv u always!!!!!!!

      October 20, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John Cram

    Put the kleenex away perv.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      You're a HUGE Bieber fan, aren't you? How old are you?

      October 20, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. John Cram

    Such insight, you really should check with someone you might be psychic?

    October 19, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  16. John Cram

    I'm sure people think the same about you.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Whoa you've answered nearly every comment on here... You are either OBSESSED with him or you ARE him!

      October 20, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  17. John Cram

    Stop trying to look down her shirt, perv.

    October 19, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  18. steve

    You all are fools she looks pretty hot, while I am not a beiber fan a guy who used to work for me moved to CA to help with mixing music and background beats. He has met Beiber on a few occasions and said he really wants to hate the kid but he is actually a great guy.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Kristin

    You seem jealous....and pathetic

    October 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  20. MotherBieberLover

    Looks like she survived after the truck hit her.

    October 19, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  21. elee

    She needs to dress like she has some respect for herself.

    October 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Cram

      Spoken like a true judgemental Christian.

      October 19, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chris

        She's the one crapping on about God

        October 20, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  22. elee

    She needs to put some clothes on.

    October 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Cram

      Ya, if God had wanted people to show any skin he would have had them born naked. Wait a minute.

      October 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  23. The Woof

    I just hope that she isn't thrown under the truck so to speak by her son later on down the line!

    October 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  24. anna

    She really doesnt look like anyones "mum"!

    More like a lady of the night. I wonder how he feels when he sees his 'mum' dressed like this. But I suppose he doesnt really care. He isnt the best dresser either.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      He probably thinks nothing of it since hes been raised as a pop idol. He probably will die of drug overdose before hes 30. That or go insane and end up being killed by his doctor by 50.

      October 20, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Truefax

    She could suffocate someone with it.

    October 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |


    October 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      Are you screaming or do you just not know how to take off CAPS LOCK? And most kids his age are skinny, a lot healthier and easier to look at than being obese.

      October 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Viper

    Hey Justin! Hook a brother up with your mom!

    October 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Dan

    It looks like the truck hit her.

    October 19, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  29. bellenoitr

    Cheesy instead of classy. They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree and it certainly shows here.

    October 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Mark

    So, after her suicide attempt . . . it was evidently God's plan for her to go out and have unprotected sex as a single woman?

    October 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Cram

      Apparently, so maybe you are not really in tune with what this God thing really wants!

      October 19, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  31. treezles

    Why the hell does CNN have an article about Justin Bieber's mom? for crying out loud.

    October 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • kira

      you clearly care or else you wouldnt be here

      October 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  32. PurpleStikyPunch

    Good God... who... friggin.... CARES????

    October 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Hey...

    'Sounds like someone's jel-ooooooouuuuus.....

    October 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  34. His Mammy

    Dang, gurl. Ask ya' baby to getcha' a lift.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  35. hahaha

    His mom looks more like a man then he does.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dawn

      You took my exact thoughts. LOL

      October 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  36. JohnfromKitchener

    Wow Sandy, your stil a bitter, you havent changed since high school. Pattie had some problems and didnt always hang with the best crowd but a crack whore...far from it. If memory serves me you came along on many of our booze cruises and most of guys knew you pretty well from every angle.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gitter John!

      Remind Sandy of where she came from, bro! In yo' FACE, Sandy! Ya' jealous skank!

      October 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Dana

    Bieber? Who is that?

    October 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Kiwi

    I'd be more impressed if this kid was a little more gracious and appreciative. Maybe she should have spent a little less time shopping his talent around and a little more in teaching him some manners and humility.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  39. stvnkrs10

    It's always nice when the Mom has a daughter more beautiful than they are! I jsut wonder why she lets her wear those God awful hats.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Daniel

    Love him or hate him, this is a cool little story.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Banger

    "At the age of 17, Pattie Mallette threw herself in front a moving truck in a botched suicide attempt.

    Six months later, Mallette learned she was pregnant with her son-".

    Damn, should have at least waited.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • WTH

      KARMA, my friend!! I wouldn't speak like that.. You're a fool!

      October 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Please

    Can she please tell him to quit wearing those uglyass shoes. He looks like a complete bouchedag.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Mari

    So many typos in this story. Watch yourselves, looks sloppy.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |