In an apparent shock for fans, reports have surfaced that singer Selena Gomez has quit Hillsong. After being an ardent follower for years, her decision to leave the church has come as a surprise but perhaps not such a big one after pastor Carl Lentz’s cheating scandal recently surfaced, according to the Daily Telegraph.
She had begun distancing herself from the church after her breakup with ex Justin Bieber. Sources claimed that she had been “bitterly disillusioned” with the church after their breakup. Bieber and his wife Hailey are still members of the church.
The reported final straw was Carl Lentz’s affair. An insider said, “At one stage she adored Carl…she, Brian, his daughter Laura and Justin were a team, really close. Now she doesn’t want anything to do with Hillsong anymore. She doesn’t identify with Hillsong any longer.”
Lentz had been fired from the church due to “moral failures”, which was later revealed to be cheating on his wife. They have been married for 17 years and have three children. They have moved from the East Coast to LA, in an attempt to save their marriage.
Ranin Karim, 34, a New York fashion designer, went public after he was fired, admitting she was the one who had been with Lentz. However, after this, allegations have surfaced that there were other affairs as well.
“It was more than one affair; they were significant. And at least some bad moral behavior had gone back historically, but not necessarily those affairs,” Hillsong founder Brian Houston had said in a recorded meeting. This was leaked to the Daily Mail.