Pattie Mallette is not oblivious to the ongoing actions of her son.
She's knows Justin Bieber nude photos are out there. She's aware the singer is under investigation for his role in a Hamptons nightclub brawl. She sees all the headlines, she understands the issues at stake.
But Bieber is now 19 years old and Mallette knows she has to back off.
"When your kids hit a certain age, your parenting style changes and it is hard letting go," Mallette tells People. "His life was my life and now I've had to let him go a little bit and let him be independent. It is hard to not be able to control everything that your adult child does."
Mallette admits that she "worries" about her famous son and that she texts and calls him everyday.
"I definitely want to know everything that he is doing and what he is going through so I try to talk to him as much as he'll let me," she says. "I mean, he's on tour and being pulled in a million different directions but we talk as much as he is able."
Mallette is making the press rounds for the recently-released teen edition of her memoir "Nowhere but Up: The Story of Justin Bieber's Mom" and says she's trying to strike a balance between over-protective and unconcerned.
"I know who my son is and I don't always agree with every single thing that he does but I don't necessarily have to address that with everyone else. He's my son and I have to respect he is not going to want me going around being 'that mom' talking about his behavior."