Justin Bieber reveals his relationship with mother Pattie is 'non-existent'
Published 06/11/2015 | 09:12
Justin Bieber has opened up about his fraught relationship with his mother Pattie, describing it as "non-existent".
The 21-year-old singer is in the middle of a major image overhaul after spending his late teens regularly in the headlines for bad behaviour. He's now in the middle of a comeback, promoting his latest album Purpose and trying to redeem himself in the public eye.
While his fans have been quick to welcome him back with open arms, his mother Pattie is more difficult to conquer.
"I was distant because I was ashamed. I never wanted my mom to be disappointed in me and I knew she was," he told the new issue of Billboard magazine.
"We spent some time not talking, so it takes time to rebuild that trust."
The pair were famously close and he often credited his mother with supporting him in his career, which kicked off when he was 15 years old.
Pattie, who raised Bieber as a single mother, now lives in Hawaii and the What Do You Mean singer said he's trying to rebuild his relationship with her day by day.
However, he has reconnected with his father Jeremy, saying it's a "misconception" that he was a "deadbeat dad".
"He was immature. He left for like a year when I was about four, went to British Columbia, came back on Father's Day," Justin added.
"I remember my mom said, "If you're going to be here, you have to be here'.
"There's a misconception that he's this deadbeat dad, but he has been in my life since. I was with him on weekends and Wednesdays."
"My dad told me this the other day," Bieber recalled. "He said, ‘Pride is your worst enemy. It’ll pull greatness out of you.’ I just thought that’s so great, because he’s a prideful man -- he has always known what’s best -- and it has taken him this long to see that."
Justin had what appeared to be a public meltdown from 2013 to 2014, which included an arrest for egging a neighbour's house and hard partying. And he said he struggled with the pitfalls of fame.
"It might seem awesome from the outside, but I’m struggling," he added.
"Certain things broke my trust with people....I felt like people were judging me all the time.
"I came out alive. I came out swinging. But I was close to letting [fame] completely destroy me."