You know things all start to go to hell for teen celebrities when their relationship with mom (or dad)–heretofore the single most important stabilizing factor in their young lives–starts to unravel. (Notable exceptions include anyone with the last name Lohan or Kardashian, in which case the opposite is true).
Until now, Justin Bieber and his mom, Pattie Mallette, have been super close and she appeared to be a good influence on him thanks to her strong values. But as any parent knows, there’s only so much you can do when your legally adult offspring wants to rebel and be a bratty 18-year-old international superstar like most of the other bratty international superstars his age.
So while a recent In Touch story that claims Justin and Pattie had a big “blow up” over her new Justin-themed memoir, it probably didn’t go down like the magazine says, but there may be a shred of truth based on the way Justin has been behaving for nearly every waking (and sleeping) second of the past few months.
The problems started, says the article, when Pattie wanted Justin to appear in a photo with her on the book’s cover and Justin was all like, “Ugh, moooooooom!”
“When Justin found out, he refused to go along with it, and they had a series of arguments,” says Marc Shapiro, the author of Legally Bieber: Justin Bieber at 18, who adds that one night the fighting became so intense that Justin’s longtime manager, Scooter Braun, was forced to step in and plead with the 19-year-old pop star to let it go.
[Ed. note: "Legally Bieber: Justin Bieber at 18" is one of the creepiest book titles I've ever heard. Rick Hansen is giving you side-eye from the other side of the "That's Not OK" line, Shapiro.]
“Ultimately, Justin compromised and agreed to a couple of press interviews with Pattie,” says the author. “But he was upset.” Despite the hard feelings, Justin reluctantly penned a foreward for Pattie’s memoir — and now all is forgiven. “To see it on paper means a lot to me,” says Pattie. “I melted.” [via Cele|bitchy.]
Well that’s nice that everything is forgiven and Pattie was able to get the necessary Justin-quota to go on tour with her book and make a gajillion more dollars. I’ll never stop being baffled by people who write memoirs before they’re 40 though. There’s so much more stuff that’s still going to happen. So many more fights over photos in future memoirs, for example.