We momentarily empathized with Justin Bieber as he made the walk of shame to a chorus of boos to accept the first-ever Milestone Award at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, defeating Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars.
"I'm 19 years old...I think I'm doing a pretty good job," he said defensively. "I'm an artist, and I should be taken seriously. All this other bull should not be spoken of." Fair enough.
In hindsight, perhaps he saw it coming: the leaked TMZ video of Bieber peeing in a restaurant mop bucket and his tirade on Bill Clinton as he defaced a photo of the former president. Now, who's gonna clean up that mess?
Luckily, Pattie Mallette, a.k.a. Justin Bieber's mom, is headed to Dallas to do a little damage control. Or maybe it's just to promote her book Nowhere but Up, which chronicles her own rags-to-riches story of raising one of the biggest teen idols of all time. Ironically enough, she'll be hyping Up's new teen edition -- maybe so 19-year-old Bieber can read it too.
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Mallette will be at the Plano Barnes & Noble (Creekwalk Village, 801 West 15th St.) on 3 p.m. Wednesday. Whether you're simply curious or a true Belieber, free tickets for the event will be available at 9 a.m. Monday. Call 972-422-3372 for more information.