TODAY   |  February 07, 2013

Justin Bieber’s mom: We’re ‘nervous’ about ‘SNL’ gig

Pattie Mallette, mother of pop star Justin Bieber, chats with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie, addressing controversy surrounding her support of a short film that some are saying is anti-abortion and talking about Justin’s upcoming hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live.”

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>>> just reached a major career milestone. he's now the youngest artist to have five chart topping albums in a weekend. he's appearing on "saturday night live" as host and musical guest . one person sure to be watching is justin 's mom pattie mallette. good to see you. we want to talk about justin . this is an exciting weekend. one of the reasons you're here, you wanted to talk about your involvement in a movie called crescendo.

>> yeah.

>> this tells the story of beethoven 's mother who while she was pregnant attempted to have an abortion and even attempted suicide while pregnant with beethoven . you were part of this movie, even one of the producers, it's pro-life/anti-abortion purpose. you feel like people are getting the wrong message about what you are trying to say by your participation?

>> yeah. i don't feel that it is a pro-life message. people are going to get from it what they want to. it's a true story . it's a historical piece. the reason why i wanted to get involved with this film was because, you know, i lived in a pregnancy home my whole pregnancy with justin . this is going to be used as a tool to raise money for pregnancy centers. so regardless of your stance, pro-life, or whatever it is, i just think that anybody would want to help girls in need if they need a place to stay.

>> do you feel misled at all by producers of the film? if the film has this message and its goal is to -- is an anti-abortion message, are you okay with that? i guess i'm confused about what your position is.

>> it's not anti- -- to my knowledge, it's not an anti-abortion message, anti-abortion film. it's just the story of beethoven 's mom. she tried to have an abortion, she tried to commit suicide and was unsuccessful. that's just the plot and line of it.

>> you wrote in your book a lot about how hard it was to be -- to have an unplanned pregnancy.

>> yes.

>> how the pregnancy center helped you when you were pregnant.

>> it helped me so much. for me, i'm not trying to make a political stance. the media says all kinds of stuff about where i stand and what i'm saying. like justin , i'm not trying to get involved in that stuff. so i'm here just to help the girls find a place to stay when they are pregnant and, you know, it really helped me. it saved my life.

>> justin is doing snl this weekend. we were talking about it before. he's been the miss cal guest before. this is the first time he's host and musical guest . is he nervous? are you nervous?

>> yes. i think we're both nervous. he's been working all week and practicing and helping write skits. he's excited.

>> how is he doing? he's 18 years old now. one of the things you wrote about in your book is how hard it was in a way to let him be part of this music industry because you've seen all the horror stories and you have all those worries. how is it being a mom now as he's getting older and able to make his own decisions?

>> it's tough letting go and letting our kids make the mistakes they need to make. i just have to trust that he's made good decisions in the past and hopefully he's learned from some of my mistakes.

>> real quickly, of course, everybody watches his personal life . we know about his relationship with selena. i don't know if moms get a vote, but are you hoping they keep it going?

>> you know, i just try and support whatever he's wanting, and i think she's a sweetheart. whatever they decide is great.

>> we'll be watching this weekend. pattie mallette, it's great to catch up with you. thanks for being here.

>> thank you.

>> a reminder, you can see justin bieber on snl 11:30 ,