Pastor Carl Lentz is coming clean about his relationship with Justin Bieber. Carl sat down with AOL Entertainment for a Facebook Live interview in promotion of his new book, “Own the Moment.” The conversation, at should be expected, kept veering towards all things Justin, who Carl doesn’t seem to know as well as everyone assumes.
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This past summer was a busy one for Justin Bieber. Before the singer found time to cancel the remaining dates of his world tour, he was busy living it up and causing mayhem in a New Jersey city.
Justin Bieber appeared to be flirting with a comedy career recently. But for anyone worried about what becoming a jokester would mean for Justin’s devotion to God, a new Instagram post from the singer makes it clear he’s still a man of faith–even if his church is a little creepy.
Since canceling the end of the “Purpose World Tour,” Justin Bieber has been spending a lot of time at church and with spiritual leaders. While the high dose of religious activity has led some to question what’s to come for Justin, a new report from PEOPLE features an insider claiming that Justin is doing great now. After concerns about Justin’s health and spirit, he’s apparently righting his spiritual ship thanks to his holy friends.
Justin Bieber’s decision to cancel the 14 remaining dates on the long-running “Purpose World Tour” caught lots of people by surprise. The singer offered up excuses about exhaustion and getting some rest and relaxation, but that explanation has been called into question. Sources have been telling TMZ that Justin’s move is actually due to a “spiritual awakening” resulting from all the time he’s been spending with Hillsong Church pastor Carl Lentz.
One anonymous source told the publication Justin’s cancellation was because he’s “rededicated his life to Christ.” Another claimed that Justin “made his decision based on spiritual soul-searching and his own view of the path in life he should be taking.” One source claimed that Justin is “becoming the Tom Cruise of that church,” a reference to Tom’s role as the celebrity poster boy for the Church of Scientology.
But Justin claims none of it is true. The singer looked annoyed as paparazzi tried to get his attention outside of a Los Angeles restaurant recently. The pap was filming as he asked Justin if he cancelled his tour “due to religious reasons.” Justin answered with a curt “No.” When asked a follow-up question about the reason, Justin said, “You already know the reason,” alluding to his exhaustion explanation.
But another explanation for Justin’s abrupt end to the tour has surfaced. Whether or not the singer is trying to get right with God, there was something wrong with his ticket sales for the final shows. Billboard reports that only one of the 14 cancelled shows was sold out as Justin was returning to some of the stadiums for a second time this tour. The slow sales meant that AEG Presents, the promotion company behind the tour, didn’t try to fight Justin on the cancellations.
Watch Justin deny any religious motivation to his decision below, plus check out a gallery of some of his recent hang outs with Carl.
(Photo credit: Justin Bieber Instagram account)