When I saw, “Never Say Never,” a couple years ago, I was impressed behind the young phenomena known as Justin Bieber. What struck me most was the footage with the people that were closest to Justin, especially his mother Pattie Mallette. Pattie was a young, single mother when she had Justin and her love and devotion to him was clearly evident in the documentary just as it was when I had the chance to interview her this month for Justin’s new movie, “Believe,” was released on December 25th, Christmas day. I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of “Believe,” and believe me you are going to love it! With all the excitement and busy press schedule surrounding the release, Pattie was gracious enough to take a few minutes to answer some of my questions about the movie and a few additional questions also!
Hi Pattie, thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak with me today.
I had the opportunity to watch “Believe,” and I was so impressed with Justin’s dedication to his craft. I was equally impressed with his honesty and candidness. What do you hope people take away from this movie or learn about Justin, both his fans and those who are rather negative towards him?
I hope that people take away from this film, Justin’s humanity and how much he cares for people. I hope people see his vulnerable side and how he is learning. I don’t always agree with some of his choices, but, he is learning and growing up in front of the world and he will make mistakes, but he is learning. Unfortunately, in our society we have a tendency to build people up and we like to tear them down. Justin always strives for excellence to be the best and he is much harder on himself than anyone else is.
I love the name for Justin’s new movie, ‘Believe,’ how did he come up with the name?
Well, Believe was the name of his album which came from a You Tube video that a fan had made who told him how much she was inspired by him and how he made her believe in herself. So he decided to name his album and the movie, ‘Believe,’ because he wanted it to inspire people and encourage them.
As a Christian mom, I find great value in lying down a spiritual foundation for my daughter. In the movie, when asked if he thought he could become a Hollywood train wreck, he said, no that wouldn’t happen to him because of the way he was raised. He mentioned how you would take him to Sunday school every Sunday, and how you taught him to forgive and pray. How intentional where you in lying down a spiritual foundation for Justin? How do you think it continues to play out in his life?
I was definitely intentional. I always prayed for Justin. I took him to Sunday school, we had prayer time, I taught him scripture and we and read the bible. We did homeschooling for a couple of years so it was part of our daily routine. My faith is such a big part of my life that it was only natural it came out in my parenting. The bible says train a child up in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it, and I believe that.
Pattie, I know that many people refer to you as Justin Bieber’s mom, but you’ve really carved out your own identity and have reached out to so many though your autobiography, ‘Nowhere But Up,’ and your philanthropy. You’ve recently launched Round 2, what was your inspiration?
I’ve always wanted to do something that was my own. So the idea behind Round 2 is that when life knocks you down there is always round 2. We focus on things that in life that discourage people such as addiction, depression, abuse and suicides. One of our first campaigns is Speak up, Listen Up. We want to encourage people not to keep things bottled up inside and to share their story. We also want to provide counseling for those who can’t afford it.
My blog speaks to Christian moms, especially single Christian mothers. What advice would you give a mom who is really struggling and going through a dark time.
I would tell her, don’t give up, reach out and don’t do it alone. For me on my journey I’m always trying to encourage people to never give up. I went through years of addiction and sexual abuse and I will always be healing, so I’ve shared my story with the hope that I can help others who have been through abuse and trauma.
Ok, for a fun holiday question. I’m a big advocate of traditions. Do you have any traditions during the Christmas holiday that you and Justin share?
Not so much traditions, but we do all gather at my parent’s house on Christmas Eve and celebrate Christmas together!
Thanks so much Pattie, have a great Christmas!
Thank you and you too!
Treat yourself to a gift and check out Believe!
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