The thing is, we will never understand the relationship between Bryan and his Mom. I'm personally very conflicted about his stories.
On the one hand, I could understand if Bryan distanced himself from his mom if she stayed in an abusive relationship. Someone in my family stayed in an abusive relationship with her husband, and now her kids only see her on holidays. He was mentally/emotionally abusive to his wife and kids. The kids want to see her more, but they don't want to spend any time with their abusive father. Also, their interactions with her are a bit strained when they do see her because they are resentful that she never left and never protected them. It's super awkward to watch! Also, this person reminds me _a lot_ of Bryan's mom. She's overly sweet and bubbly. She almost seems to overcompensate with niceness because of how terrible her husband is. It'll be interesting to see what happens when my family member's husband passes. Maybe her kids will be like Bryan, and won't be able to let go of the resentment that they have about her staying in an abusive relationship.
On the other hand, Bryan has been proven to be a habitual liar. It could be that he picked up the habit of lying in order to avoid trouble with his stepdad, or to make things seem normal if people picked up on the abuse in his home... but it's also possible that he just plain _lied_ about the abuse. Maybe none of his stories are true. Maybe he told the Hollisters he was abused so that he could move in with them. Maybe he continued the lie so that it could be a storyline in his vlogs and music. Unfortunately, Bryan has created a Boy Who Cries Wolf scenario, and now it's hard to believe _anything_ he says or has ever said. It's constantly proven on here that he and Missy lie, but he's the one who lies the most often. So, I personally don't know what to think, but we can't vilify a man we don't know just because Bryan claims he was abusive. It's unfortunate, but Bryan created this situation himself with all of the lies. I almost don't know what would be worse: Bryan being the product of an abusive parent, or Bryan lying about it and capitalizing on pain that people actually suffer on a daily basis.
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