HE may be one of the biggest stars on the planet but Justin Bieber mother’s backing of a new abortion movie is threatening to cause controversy.
His mother, Pattie Mallette, is one of the backers of the movie, Crescendo, which may cloud his transition from child to adult star.
Mallette, 37, is listed as an executive producer in Crescendo, which tells the story of an 18th Century pregnant woman. Backed by the pro-life movement, the movie has an anti-abortion message.
A devout Christian, Mallette, is taking a strong line in backing the film, which will be shown in about 1,000 venues world over the next year.
According to the Observer newspaper, the aim of the film is to raise $10m that will be put towards running "crisis pregnancy centres".
Although she shies away from giving interviews, Malette is said to have recorded a short message for the film to be shown at screenings and will appear at certain events.
Pictures of Mallette and her son have been posted on the website and she refers to her son’s megastardom in a message.
"I'm the mother of Justin Bieber. We both know firsthand the importance of the work being done at pregnancy centres across the country,” she says.
In the past, Malette has written of her struggles when she was 17 and discovered she was pregnant with Justin.
In her memoir Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber's Mom, she wrote of being pressured to have an abortion. "I knew that I had to do what it took," she wrote in her book. “I just couldn't abort him.”
"I knew that I had to do what it took," she wrote in her book. “I just couldn't abort him.”
Mallette has said that she Crescendo would help women in a similar situation. "My hope through this involvement is to encourage young women all over the world, just like me, to let them know that there is a place to go, people who will take care of you, and a safe home to live in if you are pregnant and think you have nowhere else to turn," she said.
In 2011, Bieber waded into the abortion debate by claiming that abortion was "like killing a baby".
Since then, however, his public utterances have been carefully managed by a team who are conscious that he can’t court controversy at this delicate stage of his career.