Justin Bieber is still on his redemption tour, talking about the stupidity of his past actions and, you know, how much he loves Jesus in a new Billboard interview. But perhaps most surprising is what he reveals about his mom, Pattie Mallette, the person with whom he was once so close they may have shared prescription drugs. Over the past two years, he says, their relationship has been "pretty nonexisting." He blames himself: "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." He says she's currently living in Hawaii, and that things between them are improving.
He also discusses his dad—his parents were 17 and 18 when he was born, and his dad, Jeremy Bieber, sometimes appears to still be 18, like when he tweeted his appreciation of his son's nether regions after they were displayed in a nude paparazzi snap. Though Bieber admits Jeremy "was immature" and briefly walked out of Justin's life when he was roughly four, Jeremy resurfaced and "has been in my life since. I was with him on weekends and Wednesdays.” And now, as Billboard's Chris Martins puts it, Bieber "dotes" on his dad. Bette Midler, for example, criticized Jeremy's aforementioned tweet, and Bieber had something to say about that: "This Britt Meddler, I don’t even know who that is, honestly. I wanted to immediately say 'Who is this lady?'" (Bieber's mom was pressured to abort him.)