Unnamed Justin Bieber spokesperson tries to distance star from mom over abortion
HOLLYWOOD, January 22, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – An anonymous "longtime associate" of teen idol Justin Bieber has implied there is a split between the star and his mother over the issue of abortion.
His mother, Pattie Mallette, recently signed on as executive producer of Crescendo, a film that promotes the pro-life message by presenting the life of Ludwig van Beethoven. She is also trying to raise $10 million to benefit crisis pregnancy centers, like the one that saved Justin's life.
The unnamed source told the Chicago Sun-Times on Sunday that “Justin just is very uncomfortable about political issues — especially ones like abortion that are very divisive. He’s all about entertaining his fans with his music and not interested in pushing a political agenda.”
The source ended an otherwise de rigueur attempt to distance the pop culture phenomenon from controversy by saying, “Furthermore, I don’t believe he agrees with his mom on this issue.”
The spokesperson added after stories of Bieber's alleged drug use and an embarrassing photo on Twitter, “He doesn’t need this [his mother’s role in the anti-abortion film] on top of it.”
If accurate, this would represent a massive shift in the star's view of abortion in just over a year.
Bieber has personal reasons to support women who choose life. His mother revealed that childhood sexual abuse led to a familiar cycle of early drinking, drugs, and sexual activity that culminated with her becoming pregnant at 17. She resisted pressure to abort Justin.
The new film, Crescendo, details how the contemporaries of Beethoven's mother had low expectations for any child she was likely to bear.
Sun-Times writer Bill Zwecker editorialized that Bieber's allegedly revised stance “likely will come as a big relief to his core audience of girls and young women, not all of whom would agree with Mallette’s views.” However, polls show younger people are more likely to be pro-life than those who became pregnant before the advent of ultrasounds.