Canadian singer and songwriter Justin Bieber has denied reports that he is studying to become a pastor at Hillsong church in New York City.
Justin Bieber also set the record straight that he is not a member of the Australia-based celebrity church.
Last week, Page Six had reported that the music star was studying to become a minister of the church — in the wake of Carl Lentz‘s sacking.
Lentz was dismissed in November 2020 for “moral failures.” The celebrity preacher was said to have confessed to cheating on his wife.
A source had told OK! magazine that the singer hopes to help lead Hillsong after Lentz dismissal.
“Justin doesn’t plan to give up his music career, but he feels there’s a bigger calling out there for him,” the source said.
Refuting the claims, the 26-year-old ‘Anyone’ crooner took to his Instagram story on Monday to state that he is a member of Churchome, not Hillsong church.
“And btw Hillsong is not my church… For clarity I am a part of Churchome,” he wrote.
He also shared a screenshot of the Page Six article, while stating that he has no desire to be a minister.
“I’m not studying to be a minister or anything even close to that. Have no desire for that. This is fake news,” he added.
The award-winning singer went on to explain in another post that: “Church is not a place. We are the church. We don’t need a building to connect with God. God is with us wherever we are.”
With several collaborations and numerous accolades, including winning a Grammy award, Bieber has sold over 150 million records and is one of the world’s best selling music artists.