LOS ANGELES - MAY 12:  Justin Bieber arrives at the "Wango TangoWhen Justin Bieber first emerged on the scene, one of the things that was immediately apparent was that he had a very close relationship with his mother, Pattie Mallette. Over the years, however, the Canadian singer’s life has taken some surprising turns and it seems as though that once tight bond is particularly strained.

In a recent interview, the 21-year-old got pretty honest about how things have deteriorated over the past two years. He describes their relationship as “pretty non-existing” and puts the burden of that shift on himself. He’s been in a lot of trouble recently and he reacted by pulling away.

“I was distant because I was ashamed,” he explained. “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… She’s living in Hawaii now, so it’s hard, but getting better. She’s an amazing woman and I love her.”

Mallette wrote the 2012 book, Nowhere But Up, in 2012 to share the story of raising Justin alone after becoming a single mother at 17 years old. Despite always being super supportive of her son, there were signs that things were changing in 2013. Mallette conceded that her son was making “his own decisions” and that him getting multiple tattoos was something that she didn’t necessarily have to like.

As an adult, Justin has developed a closer relationship with his father, Jeremy, who has been accused of encouraging his son to engage in reckless behaviors. The 40-year-old father of three has said and done some questionable things but it all seems to be have quieted down recently.

Justin’s mom is not the only woman that seems to be the object of his affection, despite being out of reach. The singer still has some very kind words for his 23-year-old ex-girlfriend, Selena Gomez. “I’m proud of the woman she is today,” he said. “When you love someone that much, even if something comes between you, it’s a love that never really dies.”

Hopefully, things will improve and Justin will be able to start repairing some of the meaningful relationships in life before it’s too late. He’s made some bad decisions but, if he puts in the work, he can get his life back on track.