When Selena Gomez reunited with ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber last month, there was likely no one more happy than Bieber’s mom, Pattie Mallette. The 23-year-old’s parent has made no secret of the fact that she thought her son’s on-again flame was the one that got away in the past, wishing the “Wolves” singer a happy birthday during their split, and even ‘liking’ fan comments which clung to hope for Jelena. Now, Mallete is sounding off about Gomez once more, with nothing but sweet things to say.

As Mallette told People at a Justice Speaks Holiday Benefit Luncheon in LA, she thinks the 25-year-old is “precious.” “I don’t know so much about their personal relationship, because he doesn’t share a whole lot, but I love her,” she admitted. “I support anything [he does], if he loves her, I love her,” adding, “I can’t speak to their relationship, that’s between them.”

More than that, however, the Biebs’ mother says she also likes the 13 Reasons Why executive producer on a personal level. “I’ve met her, and we have a special bond, so I think she’s precious.”

She also spoke to Bieber’s personal development, noting that he’s “keeping his focus on God” and the rest of life’s most important aspects (like, say, Gomez). “I think he’s trying to be somehow normal in such an abnormal world, trying to find that balance” she said. “I feel like he’s growing up, and I’m really proud of him.”

There may be good reason for that — as Mallette noted, “I think anyone with real love in their life is more grounded. I think there’s so much confusion and façade in this Hollywood world, and it’s so important for us to find the ones that care and truly stick with them..” Awwww!

Here’s to hoping that this time around, they do just that.

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