Pop star Justin Bieber set the record straight on Instagram saying that he’s no longer a part of the Hillsong Church and he’s not studying to be a pastor, following Pastor Carl Lentz‘s cheating scandal. Instead, he is part of Churchome.
Justin Bieber’s Instagram post came a couple of months after Hillsong’s former leader, Carl Lentz 41, confirmed that he was fired from the institution in November 2020 for cheating on his wife, Laura Lentz, with whom he shares three children.
“I’M NOT STUDYING TO BE A MINISTER OR ANYTHING EVEN CLOSE TO THAT. HAVE NO DESIRE FOR THAT,” Bieber, 26, wrote via Instagram Stories only days after the New York Post’s Page Six reported that he was working toward becoming the church’s next leader. “BTW HILLSONG IS NOT MY CHURCH. FOR CLARITY I AM A PART OF CHURCHOME.”
Initially, Senior Pastor Brian Houston released a statement saying Carl Lentz was terminated after “leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures.”
“I was unfaithful in my marriage, the most important relationship in my life, and held accountable for that. This failure is on me, and me alone and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Lentz wrote in a statement.
The former Hillsong pastor rose to fame because of his close relationship with pop star Justin Bieber.
Following his admission of infidelity, Justin’s wife, Hailey Bieber, unfollowed Lentz on social media, per Us Weekly. Concluding his social media statement at the time, Lentz apologized “for breaking the trust of many people.”
“I would have liked to say this with my voice, to you, in person because you are owed that,” Lentz added. “But that opportunity I will not have. So to those people, I pray you can forgive me and that over time I can live a life where trust is earned again.”
Justin Bieber dropped his latest new song “Anyone” on New Year’s Day and has announced a new album on the way; “Finishing this album. Stay tuned,” he wrote on social media.