T'Town's Mama's Boys: From Kanye West and Justin Timberlake to Russell Brand

Justin Bieber’s not alone in his love for his ma. We count down T’Town’s top mummy’s boys… from Tom Cruise to Johnny Depp
Wednesday , 28 November 2012
Biebs and mum Pattie 
at the American Music Awards. Selena who?
Biebs and mum Pattie at the American Music Awards. Selena who?
Matthew and Kay McConaughey
Matthew and Kay McConaughey
Kanye and Donda West
Kanye and Donda West
Russell and Barbara Brand
Russell and Barbara Brand
P-Diddy and Janice Combs
P-Diddy and Janice Combs
Justin Timberlake and Lynn Harless
Justin Timberlake and Lynn Harless
Tom Cruise and Mary Lee Mapother
Tom Cruise and Mary Lee Mapother
Javier and Pilar Bardem
Javier and Pilar Bardem
Johnny Depp and Betty Sue Palmer
Johnny Depp and Betty Sue Palmer
Ryan and Donna Gosling
Ryan and Donna Gosling
Biebs and mum Pattie 
at the American Music Awards. Selena who?
Matthew and Kay McConaughey
Kanye and Donda West
Russell and Barbara Brand
P-Diddy and Janice Combs
Justin Timberlake and Lynn Harless
Tom Cruise and Mary Lee Mapother
Javier and Pilar Bardem
Johnny Depp and Betty Sue Palmer
Ryan and Donna Gosling

When Justin Bieber took his mum Pattie as his date for this year’s American Music Awards you’d be forgiven for thinking she was his last-minute stand-in following his bust-up with Selena Gomez just days before the ceremony. Not so. Justin’s just really close to his mum, who had him when she was only 18. And Ma Bieber’s just as mad about her little boy. Pattie says that when he was a baby Justin’s crying sounded like he was singing. Now that’s a comparison only a mother could make, but this besotted pair are not alone…

Matthew and Kay McConaughey
Mum Date:  The Oscars
Matt’s mum Kay’s been known to tell an embarrassing story or two, but when it comes to the crunch he knows she’s got his back. The lovely Mr M remembers the romantic advice he gave her, back in the day when he struggled to get a date. Presumably there were a lot of short-sighted women in his hometown. Matt recalls, “My mother was always rooting us on, telling us, ‘Look, a lot of people see it as the girl’s the catch, and the guy just chases. Yes the guy chases, but remember, you’re a catch, too.’” We certainly agree!

Kanye and Donda West
Mum Date:  The Grammys
Kanye’s much-loved mum Donda died in 2007, but despite his on-stage run-in with country star Taylor Swift he’s tried to be a better person ever since. Kanye said, “The best thing I can do now is carry on my mother’s legacy. I need to show people how great my mother was, to show people that Donda raised a good guy.” Kim must be very proud.

Russell and Barbara Brand
Mum Date: The Brits
Katy Perry might not think much of Russ these days, but his mum certainly loves him, and he feels the same. Russ spilled ,“My mum taught me to listen to people and treat them well. That’s something she does with every person she meets. My mum’s had cancer three times, and she’s free of cynicism, while at the same time strong.”

P-Diddy and Janice Combs
Mum Date: Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star Unveiling
When P-Diddy was presented with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he dedicated it to his mum, Janice. “If it wasn’t for my mother, I wouldn’t be here,” said Diddy. “You can get a lot of honours, but there’s nothing that means as much as the love of your mother. This right here, I hope it makes you proud mum. I love you so much.” Ah, sweet.

Justin Timberlake and Lynn Harless
Mum Date: The Grammys
Justin has a new wife in the shape of Jessica Biel but she’s got some competition in the Grammys date department from his mum, Lynn. JT admits, “We’re best friends, she’s a very special woman.”

Tom Cruise and Mary Lee Mapother
Mum Date: The Oscars
Now this is one woman with a lot to explain; Tom is certainly a one-off and that’s apparently down to his determined single mum. “People can create their own lives,” Tom gushed. “I saw how my mother created hers and so made it possible for us to survive.” And survive he certainly has!

Javier and Pilar Bardem
Mum Date:  The Oscars
Javier’s mum Pilar is a well-known actress in Spain and he often turns to her for career guidance. “My mother was always giving me advice, and I was always asking her. You should always listen to your mother!” he advised. Perhaps she didn’t tell Javier about being polite to journalists. Mr Penelope Cruz is not a fan of the press and often tells them as much!

Johnny Depp and Betty Sue Palmer
Mum Date: The Oscars
Johnny’s always been a fan of tattooing the name of his loves on his body (remember his ‘Winona Forever’ artwork?) but he also inked his mum Betty Sue. Back in 1988 he had her name tattooed inside a red heart on his bicep. He describes her as, “the greatest lady in the world. She’s my best friend, the coolest thing in the world.” Maybe that’s why Vanessa dumped him?

Ryan and Donna Gosling
Mum Date: The Oscars
Who knew that lovely Ryan was such a handful when he was a teenager? But at least he appreciates that his poor mum stood by him. When he took her to the Oscars he said, “I was a little jerk, but she didn’t care. She just kept doing the right thing by me, every single time. She deserves to go to a fancy party with a bunch of fancy people.”

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