Justin Bieber’s wife Hailey Bieber has unfollowed pastor Carl Lentz, following his firing from the Hillsong church in New York.
Lentz, 41, who is known for his high-profile friends and followers, including former pal Justin, recently had his employment terminated by the church’s founder Brian Houston.
He was fired due to ‘moral failures’ and has since admitted in a lengthy statement that he had been unfaithful to his wife.
Now, it appears Hailey has unfollowed Lentz on Instagram. At the time of writing, Bieber still follows Lentz, while the pastor still follows both Hailey and the Baby hit-maker.
Bieber still following Lentz on Instagram may come as a surprise to some, as it was previously reported the singer had cut ties with his old friend following a ‘major falling out’ they had in 2018, according to TMZ.
The fallout, however, hasn’t stopped Bieber and wife Hailey from still attending Hillsong church, which they regularly do.
Lentz had launched the church’s New York branch after attending Hillsong college – its training programme – where he first met his wife Laura.
Bieber had attended the Hillsong church in NYC and the pair became firm friends, with Bieber living with Lentz and his family for over a month in New Jersey in 2014, before Lentz baptised him in 2015.
The pastor’s firing recently came to light in an email sent to members of Hillsong East Coast, in which founder Houston wrote: ‘I am very sad to inform you that Hillsong Church has terminated the employment of Pastor Carl Lentz. I know this will come as a shock to you, but please know that this action was not taken lightly and was done in the best interests of everyone, including Pastor Carl.’
It continued: ‘In terminating his tenure, we in no way want to diminish the good work he did here. This action has been taken following ongoing discussions in relation to leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures.’
Lentz has since addressed his exit from the church and admitted to being unfaithful to his wife Laura in a statement he shared to Instagram, alongside a picture of the couple and their children.
He wrote: ‘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. I now begin a journey of rebuilding trust with my wife, Laura and my children and taking real time to work on and heal my own life and seek out the help that I need.
‘I am deeply sorry for breaking the trust of many people who we have loved serving and understand that this news can be very hard and confusing for people to hear and process.’
‘I would have liked to say this with my voice, to you, in person because you are owed that. But that opportunity I will not have,’ Lentz said. ‘So to those people, I pray you can forgive me and that over time I can live a life where trust is earned again.’
Hillsong, first founded in 1983, has become known for its young following and worship music. Over the years, it has attracted a host of celebrities including Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian and Chris Pratt.
The Hillsong church has, however, come under fire for its stance on gay people in roles of leadership. The church previously stated in a past blog post: ‘Hillsong Church welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles. Put clearly, we do not affirm a gay lifestyle and because of this we do not knowingly have actively gay people in positions of leadership, either paid or unpaid.’
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