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More background on why Justin Bieber’s mother did not abort him

by | Sep 18, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Not sure what it says about NRL News Today’s demographics, but I was pleasantly surprised by the quantity of responses to the story yesterday about Justin Bieber’s mother, Pattie Mallette, who gave birth to Justin as a single mom at 18 even though she was encouraged to abort. Ms. Mallette is appearing on the TODAY Show today and tomorrow in conjunction with her new autobiography, “Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom.”

Some fascinating new details emerged today, some from the first part of the two-part interview, some from stories written about the book.

We know from interview #1 with Kathie Lee Gifford that Mallette was a victim of sexual abuse from a very early age and that she attempted suicide by walking out in front of a truck!

She told Gifford that the suicide attempt was “a culmination of, you know, built up over the years with the abuse and the pain and at the time I was messed up with all the drugs and alcohol. I was in a depression and the drugs and alcohol kind of spurred that on some more.”

Gifford tells us today that “With the help of a friend she found God.” After leaving the hospital she felt “like a new person.” However, six months later she fell into old habits.

When she went in for a pregnancy test, she couldn’t believe the results. Mallette made the nurse give her the pregnancy test a second time. To which Gifford says, “A lot of people encouraged you to abort the baby.”  Mallette’s response

‘I just knew I couldn’t. I just knew I couldn’t. I just know I had to keep him. ‘And, do the best. I — you know, I didn’t know how I was going to do it. But I just knew that I couldn’t — 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.’”

On its website, TODAY ran an excerpt from the book, which is published by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

What’s not mentioned there (but found in an article in the Toronto Sun) is that Mallette stayed at Bethesda Centre, a center for pregnant teens, in 1994. The 18-bed Center is run by the Salvation Army and in May, Bieber donated a portion of the sales of a new song to the $1.5 million campaign to save the shelter.

Bieber dedicated the song, “Turn to You,” as a Mother Day’s gift to his mother.

A spokeswoman for “Save Bethesda,” told the Sun that says she and three other women from the Centre were all staying at Bethesda at the same time Mallette was there.

“Pattie was just like any of the other girls. We were all in the same situation. Nobody knew this little baby, Justin, was going to become famous,” said Sarah Brooks.

Brooks said the Centre provides an alternative to overcrowded social agencies. “It offers hope, it offers opportunity. Without that centre, where will these girls go?” asked Brooks.

Alas, the fundraising fell short and the Bethesda Centre has been closed, according to the Salvation Army’s webpage.

You can read the excerpt from “Nowhere but Up” at

My guess is that you will be as impressed as I was at the courage of Ms. Mallette and the generosity of the Bethesda Centre.

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