In an interview with GQ, the pop superstar explained what it feels like when pastors let fame go to their heads.
“I think so many pastors have put themselves on this pedestal,” the devout songwriter, 27, told the publication without making a direct reference to Carl Lentz, the disgraced former pastor of the mega-church of Hillsong, whom Bieber once counted among his best friends. The “Baby” singer does not refer to Hillsong or Lentz in the GQ interview, but has spoken at length about the role of pastors in a church.
« [It’s] Basically the church can be surrounded by the man, the pastor, the guy, and it’s like, ‘This guy has this ultimate relationship with God that we all want but can’t get because we’re not. not that guy. ‘ Bieber mentioned. “This is not the reality, however. The reality is that every human being has the same access to God.
Neither Justin Bieber nor Hillsong returned the Post’s request for comment.
While Bieber criticized pastors, he praised Pastor Judah Smith, who heads the Churchome beloved by celebrities.
“He put our relationship first,” Bieber said of Smith, and touted Smith’s close bond with his own family.
“It’s something I’ve always dreamed of because my family was broken up,” Bieber said. “All my life I have had a broken family. And so I was just drawn to a family that dines together, laughs together, talks together.
Bieber, who released her new album “Justice” last month, also revealed that her marriage to model Hailey Baldwin, 24, had a rocky start.
“The first year of marriage was really tough,” he said, “because there was a lot, to come back to the traumas. There was just a lack of confidence. There were all of these things that you just don’t want to admit to the person you’re with, because it’s scary. You don’t want to scare them by saying, “I’m scared”. “
The Canadian-born songwriter also talked about hitting rock bottom five years ago.
“There was a feeling of lust more and more,” he said, admitting that his security guards were so concerned about his well-being that they sneaked into his room to check his pulse and make sure he was. desire.
“It was like I had all this success and it was always like: I’m still sad and I’m still in pain,” he said. “And I still have these unresolved issues. And I thought all success was going to make everything good. And so for me the drugs were a numbing agent to keep going.