Mother knows best. And in the case of Justin Bieber‘s mom, Pattie Mallette, she knows her son’s recent behavior hasn’t been the best.
Just hours after footage of Bieber peeing into a restaurant’s mop bucket leaked online, the matriarch took to Andy Cohen‘s Bravo show, Watch What Happens Live, to defend her son.
“I definitely think he’s getting a bad rap, but I’m also not naive to think that my child is perfect and making all the best decisions of his life,” she said. “He knows what I disagree with, and he knows all the things that I’m really proud of him for, too. I mean, people don’t talk about all the great things he does every day.”
Though Mallette didn’t get into specifics, most can probably guess that she was referring to her son urinating in the back of a nightclub’s kitchen before spraying cleaning fluid at a portrait of Bill Clinton while swearing. Bieber has since apologized for the latter incident.
Mallette also took to ABC’s The View Wednesday morning weigh in on the”Baby” singer’s antics. According to Mallette, her eldest son had asked her to give him some breathing room on his 18th birthday, requesting that she stops travelling with him everywhere.
“When he turned 18, he wanted some space … I think that all parents worry about their kids. I don’t necessarily agree with everything that he does. He knows the things – we talk. We talk about things,” she said. “I’m also super proud of him, a lot of things he does that don’t make the headlines everyday.”
“Some of the things we talk about, obviously I have to keep between him and I … I try to encourage him to stay true to who he is and stay grounded and humble. I just always encourage him and say, ‘You’ve always had to learn the hard way, but you’ll get there and I believe in you.’ And I have to keep believing that he’ll come out on top.”
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