Justin-BieberApparently, even teen idols with perfect bangs and Miley Cyrus on speed-dial have parents, and Justin Bieber‘s aren’t perfect. Star obtained legal papers revealing a difficult (to put it mildly) custody battle between Justin’s mother, Pattie Mallette, and his father, Jeremy Bieber.

Mallette was an aspiring actress until she and Jeremy became pregnant when she was 17 years old and he was 19 years old. When Justin was two months old, the couple moved in together, “but ultimately those efforts failed” and they separated after four months.

]]> During the custody proceedings in Ontario, Canada, Mallette described
Jeremy’s “history of criminal activity.” Jeremy did jail time for
“assault causing bodily harm” and “breach of probation.” While Mallette
had full custody of Justin, Jeremy was allowed visitation.

In 1996, the parents returned to court where Jeremy fought for overnight
visits with Justin, who was two years old. Mallette fought the request,
because of Jeremy’s “uncontrolled violent behavior” and “alcohol and
drug abuse.” She said that overnight visitation with Justin was

According to a New York Times article, Justin maintains contact with his
father but his mother raised Justin alone, working low-paying office
jobs until the fateful day she decided to upload a video of her son to

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