NEW YORK – Justin Bieber’s mom, Pattie Mallette, has left out some of the rougher details of her early life for a new teen edition of her memoir, “Nowhere But Up.”

Produced by inspirational publisher Revell, the book includes advice and hotline numbers for young people on depression, pregnancy, bullying and unwanted sexual advances.

Mallette, who gave birth to Bieber at 18, faced those problems growing up in Canada. She now lives in Los Angeles and recently shared her story with young people in the Watts projects, hoping her struggles and turn to Christianity can offer hope.

“There was this one young man. He was probably late teens, early 20s. He said, ‘You know, who knew that your story could relate so much with me and that I would have so many similarities with the things that you went through,’ ” Mallette recalled in a telephone interview from Los Angeles. “I mean, his sister’s been shot, but he’s been through so many similar emotions and so many similar circumstances.”

For Mallette, those circumstances began with the painful divorce of her parents when she was 2. Sex abuse at the hands of a series of tormenters began at 3. She was left with a feeling of worthlessness that led her to drinking, drugging and a suicide attempt by age 17.

“A lot of teenagers are feeling really discouraged at their circumstances,” said Mallette, whose memoir co-written with A.J. Gregory came out last year.

And what of her own son? Mallette was tightlipped about Bieber’s lower moments of late, including reports of speeding through his Calabasas, Calif., neighborhood and run-ins with paparazzi.

Gandolfini leaves most of estate to son, daughter

NEW YORK – James Gandolfini has left the bulk of his estimated $70 million estate to his 13-year-old son and infant daughter.

The late “Sopranos” star also left millions to his wife and relatives.

The New York Post reports that a will dated Dec. 19 was filed Tuesday in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court.

Gandolfini’s son, Michael, is to get the largest chunk through a trust set aside for him until he turns 21.

He’ll split his father’s Italian property with his half-sister, 8-month-old Liliana, when she turns 25. The report said the remainder of Gandolfini’s estate will be split among his wife, sisters and daughter.


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