Justin Bieber's mom, Pattie Mallette, is "genuinely concerned" for her 19-year-old pop star son after a string of legal troubles that have some calling for his deportation.
"As any mom of an adult child, Pattie is holding him close and talking to him about everything, but she can't make his decisions for him," a source close to Mallette told E! News.
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"As any caring mother would be, Pattie is genuinely concerned for Justin, and she has said in many interviews before that she doesn't have her head in the clouds and keeps in very close touch with Justin. She talks with him almost every day, which is likely more than any mom and a 19-year-old son . . . and she is in the public eye dealing with all of this."
Bieber, a Canadian citizen who lives in the U.S. on a work visa, has had repeated run-ins with police in recent weeks. He faces possible felony vandalism charges for allegedly throwing eggs at his neighbor's home in California earlier this year. Three weeks ago he was arrested in Miami Beach for allegedly drag racing his rented Lamborghini and driving under the influence, and he was also taken into police custody in Canada two weeks ago on assault charges stemming from a December altercation with a limo driver.
Also this month, Bieber was detained at a New Jersey airport after he and his father, Jeremy Bieber, reportedly wouldn’t stop smoking marijuana on a private chartered flight.
Bieber's antics have spurred people to start a petition to have him deported back to Canada for good. As of Friday, the petition on the White House's website has garnered more than 250,000 signatures.
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"Pattie never makes excuses for her son, but she is not going to turn on him for the approval or opinion of the world," the source continued. "Those close to her know from Pattie that it's always challenging as a parent to raise your child in the way you know to be right, letting them grow as they need when they become adults, and have strangers share their opinion in unfounded, often hateful ways."
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