Pattie Mallette

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Pattie Mallette
Born Patricia Elizabeth Mallette
(1975-04-02) April 2, 1975 (age 43)
Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Author, film producer
Language French, English
Nationality Canadian
Children Justin Bieber

Patricia Elizabeth "Pattie" Mallette (born April 2, 1975) is a Canadian author, film producer, and mother of Justin Bieber. She also managed her son's early career. Her autobiography, Nowhere but Up, was published in 2012 by Christian book publisher Revell, and was #17 on the New York Times Best Seller list during its first week of release.

Early life[edit]


Pattie Mallette was born on April 2, 1975,[1] in Stratford, Ontario, of French Canadian descent.[2][3] She is a daughter of Diane M. (Henry) and Bruce Mallette.[4] Her older sister was killed at age 5, when she was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. She also has an older brother named Chris.[3][5]

Mallette has said her childhood was dominated by sexual abuse and violence[3][6] and that she was first molested around age 3.[7] Her offenders include a male babysitter, the grandfather of one of her friends, and neighborhood children reportedly mature beyond their years. Her book describes sexual abuse continuing until she was 14, followed by an incident of date rape at age 15.[8][9] She says of the sexual abuse and violence, "I was sexually violated so many times that as the years went by it began to feel normal. It's a strange marriage – knowing something is wrong yet at the same time finding it familiar and commonplace."[10]

Teen years[edit]

As a child, Mallette showed an interest in acting and singing. At age 9 she began appearing on local television programs, including Romper Room and Big Top Talent, a locally-televised children's eating contest. When she was 10, she was cast in two theatrical productions in the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, which brings over half a million tourists to the town every year. Throughout middle and high school, she took every drama and choir class available, along with seven years of dancing. After earning numerous trophies and awards for her singing and acting, she was signed to a Toronto-based talent agent. When auditions required her to travel 1 1/2 hours to Toronto every weekend, her parents were unable to make the commitment, which left Mallette devastated.[11]

She began using drugs at 14, including alcohol, marijuana, and LSD. She also started shoplifting. When she vandalized school property by starting a fire in a bathroom, she was suspended from school.[12] When she was 15 years old, she began a relationship with Jeremy Bieber, which lasted for four years. She left home when she was 16, supporting herself through petty theft and drug dealing. During this time, she experienced loneliness, depression, and suicidal ideation. At 17 she attempted suicide by throwing herself in front of a truck, which led to a stint in a mental ward.[5][13][14] While there, she became a Christian.[15]

Following her release from the hospital, Mallette rekindled friendships that failed to support her newfound faith. She also reconnected with Jeremy Bieber. Six months later, she became pregnant. Mallette gave birth to her son, Justin, on March 1, 1994 in London, Ontario at 18.[16] While Mallette and Jeremy Bieber initially maintained a relationship after the birth of their son, they split up. Mallette remained a mother figure to Justin, and his best friends Chaz Somers and Ryan Butler. Mallette raised Justin with the help of her parents.[17]

Professional background[edit]


Mallette encouraged her son's talents after he began showing an interest in music at the age of 2.[18] In 2007, she entered Justin in the local "Stratford Star" talent show where he sang Ne-Yo's song, "So Sick", finishing second in the competition. Mallette posted a video of the performance on YouTube for their family and friends to view, and continued to upload videos of subsequent performances[15] as her son's online popularity grew.[19]


In September 2012, her autobiography, Nowhere but Up was published by Christian book publisher Revell. The book is about the troubled upbringing of Mallette, and the personal transformation of turning abandonment and single parenthood into strong faith and a life filled with grace and hope.[20]

During the first week of release, it was listed at No. 17 on the New York Times Best Seller list.[21] The book has received international press and has been reviewed by media outlets around the world.[14][15]


Film and television appearances
Film production

Published works[edit]

  • Mallette, Pattie; and A.J. Gregory (2012). Nowhere but Up: the Story of Justin Bieber's Mom, Revell, 220 pages. ISBN 978-0800721893


  1. ^ "What Does Justin Bieber's New Roman Numeral Tattoo Actually Mean?". Archived from the original on December 23, 2017. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  2. ^ Bieber, Justin (2010). Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever (100% Official). HarperCollins. pp. 22–23. ISBN 978-0062039743.
  3. ^ a b c "Pattie Mallette reveals depression, sexual abuse in Nowhere But Up". National Post. September 25, 2012. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  4. ^ "Justin Bieber Pedigree Chart : Justin Drew Bieber : Ahnentafel No: 1 (21972)". Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Patch, Nick. "Bieber's mother says the pop star found her harrowing new book a painful read". Retrieved September 27, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Justin Bieber: 'We Have the Greatest Healer of All & His Name is Jesus Christ'". CNS News. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  7. ^ Mallette, Pattie (September 2012). Nowhere but Up. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell. p. 22. ISBN 978-0800721893.
  8. ^ Mallette, Pattie (September 2012). Nowhere but Up. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell. pp. 44–48. ISBN 978-0800721893.
  9. ^ Mallette, Pattie (September 2012). Nowhere but Up. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell. pp. 54–55. ISBN 978-0800721893.
  10. ^ Italie, Leanne (September 25, 2012). "Bieber mom Pattie Mallette writes of painful past". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on November 19, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  11. ^ Mallette, Pattie (September 2012). Nowhere but Up. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell. pp. 32–33. ISBN 978-0800721893.
  12. ^ Mallette, Pattie (September 2012). Nowhere but Up. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell. p. 44. ISBN 978-0800721893.
  13. ^ Carolyn Kellogg (September 18, 2012). "Justin Bieber's mother Pattie Mallette has published a revealing new book". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  14. ^ a b "For Justin Bieber's Mom, 'Nowhere But Up'". USA Today. September 18, 2012. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  15. ^ a b c "Justin Bieber's mother Pattie Mallette endured years of sexual abuse from the age of 4". Daily Mail. London. September 19, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  16. ^ Vlessing, Etan (February 28, 2012). "Justin Bieber's Mom Joins Fight to Keep Canadian Pregnant Teen Shelter Open". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  17. ^ Bieber, Justin (October 12, 2010). "A Secret Musician". Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story. New York, NY: HarperCollins. pp. 167–205. ISBN 978-0-06-203974-3.
  18. ^ Colurso, Mary (December 17, 2010). "Temperature's rising as Justin brings Bieber fever to Birmingham (with video)". Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  19. ^ Herrera, Monica (July 19, 2009). "Time is right for teen singer Justin Bieber". Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  20. ^ "Justin Bieber's mom, Pattie Mallette, reads from her book "Nowhere but Up" (video)". Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  21. ^ Taylor, Ihsan (October 7, 2012). "Best Sellers". The New York Times. Retrieved October 13, 2012.

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