Justin Bieber is a pro-life poster child -- whether he likes it or not.
Justin Bieber's mom, Pattie Mallette, has revealed that when she got pregnant with the Biebs at the age of 17, she was encouraged and pressured by others to get an abortion.
Obviously, Pattie chose to keep the future superstar. Now she's taking her anti-abortion stance to the big screen. And word is, Justin might not be entirely supportive.
Mallette has signed on as executive producer of an anti-abortion short film called Crescendo. Proceeds from the film, which will play in theaters around the world starting February 28, will go to pregnancy centers.
In a statement, Mallette said she hopes the film will "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."
In her new memoir Nowhere But Up, Mallette says she was sexually abused starting at the age of 4 and turned to alcohol and drugs as a teenager to cope with the trauma. She lost her virginity at 15 and became pregnant at 17.
Although Mallette was pressured to have an abortion, "I just knew I couldn't," she says. "I just know I had to keep him. I didn't know how I was going to do it. But I just knew that I couldn't abort. I had to do my best, and I was determined to do whatever it took."
Meanwhile, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that a "longtime Justin associate" says the superstar isn't happy with his mom's public anti-abortion stance.
“Justin just is very uncomfortable about political issues -- especially ones like abortion that are very divisive," the insider is quoted as saying. "He’s all about entertaining his fans with his music and not interested in pushing a political agenda. ... Furthermore, I don’t believe he agrees with his mom on this issue.”
This is a reversal of Justin's position just last year, when he was quoted in Rolling Stone as saying, "I really don't believe in abortion ... It's like killing a baby."
Justin got a lot of flak for this statement -- but his mom's story reveals a very personal history behind it. Today, though, it seems he's much more media-savvy and reluctant to get behind any issue that could cost him some of his female fan base.
Clearly, his mom doesn't feel the same way.
What do you think of this news? Should Justin Bieber's mom use her fame to draw attention to the controversial issue of abortion? Or should she keep quiet for the sake of her son's reputation?
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