Justin Bieber says relationship with his mom is 'pretty nonexisting'

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Justin Bieber is getting real about his family relationships.

In a new interview with Billboard magazine, the 21-year-old "Sorry" singer admits that during the last two years, his connection with his mother, Pattie Mallette, has become "pretty nonexisting." He blames their deteriorating relationship on his headline-making bad boy behavior in the past, which includes a DUI arrest in Florida last January.

"I was distant because I was ashamed," he explains. "I never wanted my mom to be disappointed in me and I knew she was. We spent some time not talking, so it takes time to rebuild that trust."

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He says the two are currently mending their relationship.

"She's living in Hawaii now, so it's hard, but getting better," he says. "She's an amazing woman and I love her."

Mallette, who gave birth to Bieber when she was 17 years old, wrote a best-selling book about her struggles growing up -- 2012's Nowhere But Up. ET caught up with her in February 2013, when she admitted that she wasn't always a fan of her superstar son's life choices, particularly, his multiple tattoos.

"That's one of those things that I don't necessarily have to like," Mallette said, also acknowledging that her son is legally an adult. "He's going to make his own decisions."

Bieber, however, is notably close to his father, Jeremy Bieber, and says he wants to clear the misconception that Jeremy was a "deadbeat dad." But he does concede that Jeremy was "not in a place to raise a kid," when he was 18 years old.

"He was immature. He left for like a year when I was about 4, went to British Columbia, came back on Father's Day," Bieber shares. "I remember my mom said, 'If you're going to be here, you have to be here.' There's a misconception that he's this deadbeat dad, but he has been in my life since. I was with him on weekends and Wednesdays."

Bieber recently found himself defending Jeremy, when the 40-year-old father of three caught a lot of flak for joking about the size of his son's manhood, after nude pictures of him taken in Bora Bora hit the Internet. Bieber responds to Bette Midler's headline-making diss about his dad in the new interview, after the 69-year-old legend tweeted last month, "@justinbieber dad tweeted he's proud of his son's penis size. I think the biggest d**k in this situation is the dad who abandoned his son."

"This Britt Meddler, I don't even know who that is, honestly," Bieber says, mangling her name. "I wanted to immediately say 'Who is this lady?,' but then I'm just fueling this negativity. I do feel the photo was an invasion of my privacy. I felt super violated. My dad made light of it, but I don't think that's sick and twisted. It was funny. Dads are going to be dads."

Though one lady he'll always love is his ex-girlfriend, 23-year-old Selena Gomez.

"I'm proud of the woman she is today," he says. "When you love someone that much, even if something comes between you, it's a love that never really dies."

Still, he can't bring himself to listen to her new album, Revival.

"I know I had a lot of play in that one," he explains. "I don't know what she's saying about me."

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In April, Bieber admitted a lot of the music on his new album, Purpose, out Nov. 13, is also inspired by his intense relationship with Gomez. "I think a lot of my inspiration comes from [Selena]," he told Ryan Seacrest. "It was a long relationship that created heartbreak and created happiness and a lot of different emotions that I wanted to write about. There's a lot of that on this album."

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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2009 file photo, singer Justin Bieber appears on the NBC "Today" television program in New York. New York police shut down a mall appearance by teen pop singer Justin Bieber after thousands of young girls showed up and got a little too wild. Nassau County police say girls and adults in the crowd of nearly 3,000 started pushing and shoving as they waited for the 15-year-old sensation to arrive Friday, Nov. 20, 2009 at the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, N.Y. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Singer Justin Bieber tips his cap during the fourth quarter of the New York Knicks' 93-84 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Pop star Justin Bieber performs at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, Calif., Wednesday, July 21, 2010. (Michael A. Mariant/via AP Images)
Usher Raymond, left, and Justin Bieber arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Justin Bieber performs in Times Square during New Year's Eve celebrations, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Justin Bieber performs during the 93.3 FLZ Jingle Ball at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP)
Justin Bieber seen at the World Premiere of Open Road's "Justin Bieber's Believe" presented by Teen Vogue and sponsored by Clearasil, on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Open Road Films/AP Images)
Justin Bieber arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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ARCHIV: Selena Gomez, left, and Justin Bieber arrive at the 39th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 in Los Angeles. Die Trennung von Teenieschwarm Justin Bieber und seiner Freundin, der Schauspielerin Selena Gomez, wird bekannt. Foto: Chris Pizzello/AP/dapd
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FILE - In this March 19, 2013, file photo, singer Justin Bieber performs during a concert at Bercy Arena in Paris. Canadian police say the pop star has been charged Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, with dangerous driving and assault after a collision between a minivan and an ATV led to a physical altercation in southwestern Ontario. Ontario Provincial Police say that the incident happened Friday afternoon, Aug. 29, near Bieber's hometown of Stratford and that he was released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 29. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 27: The winner of Champ of Charity singer Justin Bieber (L) and singer Cody Simpson onstage at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards brought to you by Samsung Galaxy at The Wiltern on July 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Young Hollywood Awards will air on Monday, July 28 8/7c on The CW. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for Variety)
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File- In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, singer Justin Bieber takes a "selfie" with a fan at a premiere in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department says it is searching Justin Bieber's home for evidence in an egg-tossing vandalism case involving the pop star on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, Invision)
FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, Singer Justin Bieber arrives at the premiere of the feature film "Justin Bieber's Believe" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live in Los Angeles. A security guard and driver for Bieber have been arrested near Atlanta and charged with stealing a photographer's camera on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)
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In this Jan. 23, 2014 video frame grab released by the Miami Beach Police Department, shows singer Justin Bieber, right, taking to R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff , left, while both were under arrest at the Miami Beach police in Miami Beach, Fla. The Miami-Dade county prosecutors released about 10 hours of video, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Bieber pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an invalid license. (AP Photo/Miami Beach Police Dept. HO)
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FILE - This Jan. 23, 2014 file photo made available by the Miami Beach Police Dept., shows Justin Bieber at the police station in Miami Beach, Fla. Bieber claimed after a shaky sobriety test following his Jan. 23 arrest that he was suffering from a hairline fracture in his right foot and made condescending comments about enjoying his wealth, according to a Miami Beach police document released Tuesday, March 18. Bieber, who has pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence and other charges, also told officers he was not drag racing in a rented Lamborghini along with R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff, who was driving a Ferrari when both were stopped. (AP Photo/Miami Beach Police Dept., File)
Pop singer Justin Bieber, left, is escorted out of the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, Thursday Jan. 23, 2014 in Doral, Fla., following his arrest earlier in the day in Miami Beach. Bieber was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and resisting arrest after police said they saw him speeding down a residential street in a yellow Lamborghini. Officers say he had an expired license, was initially not cooperative when he was pulled over, and smelled of alcohol. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
FILE - This May 11, 2014 file photo shows singer Justin Bieber, attending a Los Angeles Clippers game in Los Angeles. Bieber pleaded no contest on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 to misdemeanor vandalism for throwing eggs at a neighbor's Calabasas home in January and was sentenced to two years probation. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, FIle )
These police booking mugs made available by the Miami Dade County Corrections Department show pop star Justin Bieber, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Bieber and singer Khalil were arrested early Thursday for allegedly drag-racing on a Miami Beach Street. Police say Bieber has been charged with resisting arrest without violence in addition to drag racing and DUI. Police also say the singer told authorities he had consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana and taken prescription drugs. (AP Photo/Miami Dade County Jail)
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