Would You Read a Tell-All Written By Justin Bieber’s Mom?
Pattie Mallette, a.k.a. Justin Bieber’s mom, is planning on writing a tell-all called Nowhere But Up. Would you read it?
You know, something just occurred to me: For all that we hear constantly about Justin Bieber and all of his wacky exploits, we very rarely hear anything about his family, do we? I mean, sure, he mentions how grateful he is to have his mom occasionally in interviews and he’s apparently buying her a mansion sometime in the near future; but that’s really about it.
But hey, guess what? We’re about to get an inside look at what it’s like to be Justin Bieber’s mom: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Pattie Mallette, a.k.a. Mamma Bieber, has just signed with the publishing company Revell to pen a memoir and tell-all called Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom.
Apparently the book will detail not only the life and times of Justin Bieber, but also (and perhaps more importantly) the story of her traumatic early life. Pattie, you see, was only 18 when she had Justin; the Hollywood Reporter notes that before she found herself single and pregnant, her life was full of “abuse, trauma, and addiction that included a suicide attempt at 17.” When the Biebs came onto the scene, she totally turned her life around, and hey, look what happened!
Jennifer Leep, Revell’s editorial director, said about the book, “Pattie’s story is a powerful example of courage and determination that will inspire anyone who has faced struggles in life. She’s living proof that even in the darkest of places, there is always room for hope.” Said Pattie herself, “I want [other women in similar circumstances] to see that no matter how desperate their circumstances may be, they can have hope for a better future.” A portion of the memoir’s proceeds, by the way, will go to charity.
Oddly, I feel kind of torn about the whole thing. On the one hand, it sounds like it’s more than just another celeb-related memoir—it’s got a purpose, and a pretty noble one at that. On the other, though, I can’t help but feel that Pattie, the publishers, or maybe both are merely trying to capitalize on Justin’s fame (what can I say? The state of the entertainment world has made me a skeptic). After all, the book is scheduled for release on September 18—right around the time that Justin is planning on releasing his own book Justin Bieber: Just Getting Started, the follow-up to his 2010 offering, First Step 2 Forever: My Story.
I probably won’t read it simply because I’m not a Bieber fan. But would you?
Tell us: What do you think? Is this book as noble as it sounds, or is it just another way to milk the cash cow?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.