Musician Justin Bieber and mother Pattie Mallette. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)
By Arienne Thompson, USA TODAY
It's another rough week for Justin Bieber, who on Tuesday was accused of assaulting a neighbor and generally being a nuisance in his Calabasas, Calif., 'hood while on a daylong break from his European tour.
His mom, Pattie Mallette, popped up on Access Hollywood this morning where she tried to explain some of her son's recent behavior and the all the chatter surrounding his bout of bad press.
On the reports of her son allegedly assaulting a neighbor: "You know, it's crazy, sometimes I learn things on the Internet just the same as everybody else. And that was the story, yeah."
On the timing of the incident and Bieber's whereabouts: "Actually I just got back from being on tour with him. He's only been here 24 hours. He's back on tour now. He was at his place, I was at mine."
On how the impact of Bieber's bad press: "I think him being 19, you know, I just gotta let go a little and let him make some of his own decisions. I'm sure you can appreciate as a mom how I feel when I read some of these stories. I come at it from a different angle."
On Bieber going from teenybopper to man: "Um, yeah, I mean, he's growing up. He's 19. I mean, he's not my baby. I want to be able to take away free will sometimes and be able to do everything for him, but ..."
Update: Bieber is chiming in with his own two cents about reactions to his recent behavior. In an exclusive chat with Us Weekly, the pop star defends himself with the refrain, "I'm young."
He opened up to the mag, saying, "The biggest misconception about me is that I'm a bad person. I get upset about that. I have a big heart. I want to be a good role model, but some people want me to fail."
Bieber adds that he won't let the stress of the spotlight get to him though. "I know who I am and I'm not gonna let negativity towards me bring me down. I'm a positive person and I plan on staying that way. This business can break you down, but I have a strong team around me, and my family and all the fans. The love overcomes the negativity. I'm not perfect but I'm growing and trying to be better everyday. That's part of life," he says. "I'm young and I want to have fun. I don't think there is anything wrong with that."
As for his next steps: "I'm thinking about my next album, next tour. Or maybe I'll take a break. I'm figuring it out. Isn't that what you're supposed to do at 19?"