Justin Bieber's Mom Tells-All in New Memoir: 'I Was Sexually Abused'
Pattie Mallette, 36, opens up in Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom about her hard upbringing surrounded by alcoholism, sexual abuse, and violence.
What did Bieber’s mother reveal in her memoir?
Mallette wrote about struggling as a single mother who lost her virginity at age 15 and became pregnant at 17 with the future pop star sensation. In the memoir she reveals: "In the course of my search for healing, I visited with a number of counselors and tried different forms of therapy - I was dying to talk about my sexual abuse in detail."
She survived a suicide attempt in her teens after suffering years of alleged sexual abuse by friends and neighbors. She wrote the book to help inspire other young women to find their inner strength during times of hardship and need.
The book details Mallette's childhood and history of sexual and substance abuse. She explains: "Because I didn't get as much attention as I needed at home, I craved physical attention." She also adds that she "began drinking alcohol and smoking pot" at just fourteen and that "getting high made life more interesting."
Mallette also speaks out about her first attempts to stop her "original molester" by simply saying no. "I was nervous but desperate to try it out," Mallette painfully recalls, "in the end my desperation to put an end to the abuse overrode my anxiety."
In an interview with Kathy Lee Gifford on the Today show Tuesday she said she had a spiritual awakening after receiving counseling from a Christian psychologist in a psychiatric ward during her recovery.
“I just knew I couldn’t (abort it). I just knew I had to keep him,” she told Gifford of her pregnancy with her famous son, “I didn’t know how I was going to do it but I just knew that I couldn’t abort. I had to do my best. I had to see what I could do and I was determined to do whatever it took.”
Mallette, who was initially worried about revealing his childhood secrets, said the process of writing the memoir was cathartic and “furthered my healing process.”
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