The ‘Sorry’ singer admits his connection with Pattie Mallette has declined in the last two years because she was ”disappointed” in his wild behaviour – including an arrest for driving under the influence, wild partying and being convicted of egging a neighbour’s house – and he was ”ashamed” of himself. He said: ”I was distant because I was ashamed. ”I never wanted my mom to be disappointed in me and I knew she was. We spent some time not talking, so it takes time to rebuild that trust.”
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But the two are now working to rebuild their relationship. He said: ”She’s living in Hawaii now, so it’s hard, but getting better. She’s an amazing woman and I love her.” While he has been estranged from his mother – who gave birth to Justin when she was just 17 – he is very close to his dad, Jeremy Bieber. And though he concedes his father was ”not in a place to raise a kid,” the 21-year-old star believes the misconception Jeremy was a ”deadbeat dad” is very unfair.
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He told Billboard magazine: ”He was immature. He left for like a year when I was about four, went to British Columbia, came back on Father’s Day. ”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.”