Justin Bieber Childhood Photos. Justin Drew Bieber was born on March 1, 1994, in London, Ontario, at St Joseph’s Hospital, and was raised in Stratford, Ontario. He is the son of Jeremy Jack Bieber and Patricia “Pattie” Mallette. Bieber’s mother was 17 years old when she became pregnant. His parents were never married, but maintain a close friendship and common goals regarding their son’s personal and professional life. Mallette raised her son with the help of her mother, Diane, and stepfather, Bruce. In September 2012, Mallette’s memoirs, titled Nowhere but Up, were published.
The book tells of her early life and her work with her son to pursue a career in the music industry. In her book, as well as in an interview with the Today show, Mallette talked about how everyone around her tried to push her toward abortion, and how she refused to abort her baby. Mallette worked a series of low-paying office jobs, raising Bieber as a single mother in low-income housing. Bieber has maintained contact with his father, who married another woman and had two children.
Bieber’s paternal great-grandfather was German, and his father’s other ancestry is English and Irish. Bieber’s mother is French Canadian. He has stated that he believes that he has some undetermined Aboriginal Canadian ancestry. He attended a French-language immersion elementary school in Stratford, the Jeanne Sauvé Catholic School.
Interested in hockey, soccer, and chess, he kept his musical aspirations to himself. As he grew up, Bieber taught himself to play the piano, drums, guitar, and trumpet. In early 2007, aged 12, Bieber sang Ne-Yo’s “So Sick” for a local singing competition in Stratford and was placed second. Mallette posted a video of the performance on YouTube for their family and friends to see. She continued to upload videos of Bieber singing covers of various R&B songs, and Bieber’s popularity on the site grew.
Bieber is a practicing Christian, and said he has a relationship with Jesus, talks to him and that “he’s the reason I’m here”. In September 2012, Bieber vomited dairy on stage while performing a concert in Arizona. The incident was captured on video and spread quickly around the internet. He blamed drinking milk for the incident, stating on his Twitter, “Milk was a bad choice!” Mentor Usher has urged Bieber to follow him in a vegan diet for health reasons. He stated that he wanted the young artist to have more energy while on tour.
Bieber made comments in a February 2011 profile in Rolling Stone. Asked about abstinence, Bieber responded, “I don’t think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them.” He said he does not “believe in abortion” and that it is “like killing a baby”. He described sexual orientation as “everyone’s own decision”. Bieber has contributed to the It Gets Better Project, which aims to prevent suicide among LGBT youth. Bieber has said he is not interested in obtaining United States citizenship and has criticized America’s health care system. Praising Canada as being “the best country in the world”, he cited its health care system as a model example. Bieber says the Jewish prayer Shema Yisrael and other Jewish customs before every show he performs.
On August 30, 2013, a man charged at Bieber in a Toronto nightclub and placed the pop star in a chokehold. The club bouncers intervened before Bieber lost consciousness and pried the attacker away, throwing him to the floor. Justin Bieber then proceeded to kick his attacker several times in the ribs and head while the man was lying on the ground. The security personnel then had to drag a very angry Bieber away from his erstwhile attacker, fearing that he would be killed.
On February 27, 2011, Bieber attended the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party with American actress and singer Selena Gomez, confirming several months of media speculation about a romantic relationship between the pair. In early November 2012, it was reported that Bieber and Gomez had ended their relationship after approximately two years of dating. The couple reconciled later that month. However, in January 2013, it was reported that they had broken up again.