Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images Photo: Justin Bieber and His Mom Pattie Mallette at the Premiere of Believe in Los Angeles, California on December 18, 2013

When Justin Bieber gets in trouble (as he does quite often), our first thoughts — after, of course, we get over how completely dumbfounded we are at whatever hole he’s managed to dig himself into this time — are all about Justin’s parents. As in, where are they? Because if they were watching their son, there’s no way he’d be constantly involved with the police, right?

While we’ve learned recently that it’s possible that Justin’s dad, Jeremy, is only perpetuating Justin’s behavior, sources close to Justin’s mom, Pattie Mallette, tell E! Online that she’s offering her support and guidance, but since Justin’s an adult now, she can only do so much.

“As any mom of an adult child, Pattie is holding him close and talking to him about everything, but she can’t make his decisions for him,” the source said. “She talks with him almost every day, which is likely more than any mom and a 19-year-old son… and she is in the public eye dealing with all of this.”

While 19 is the age of a legal adult, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all 19-year-olds are equipped to act like an adult. And it’s kind of hard to deny the fact that Justin’s struggling with making mature decisions — but since he’s old enough to know better, we can’t blame them entirely on his parents.

“Pattie never makes excuses for her son, but she is not going to turn on him for the approval or opinion of the world,” the source added. “It would be hard to imagine that any parent wouldn’t feel the same love, concern, and responsibility as Pattie does in regard to her son’s well-being.”

Source: E! Online