Justin Bieber has had quite a journey this year, and in fact these past several years.
After several run-ins with the law and problems with his family, the 23-year-old What Do You Mean hitmaker started seeking for help to get his life back on track, and that’s where his close friend, Pentecostal Pastor Carl Lentz introduced him to the Hillsong Church and baptized him in January of 2014.
“Carl has emerged as more than his pastor – he is Justin’s mentor, best friend, father figure and older brother, adviser and spiritual guru in one. Justin does not make a move without consulting him.” a source told The Sun Online.
“In the past Justin has been ‘led astray’ or let’s say gone off the rails behavior wise in different relationships. Carl wants to help Justin rebuild his life in a solid way and the woman he is with – his romantic partner – has a big influence on him. Justin beyond values what Carl thinks and does not make any big decisions without checking with him … From now on anyone who wants to be seriously in Justin’s life has to get the stamp of approval from Carl and yes, it’s like an interview. Justin will not seriously date anyone – even casually date someone – who does not go in for Hillsong and Carl. She has to embrace it entirely.” the source also added.
To summarize: the world-famous singer found a lot of new hope after joining the church, and he does not make any major decisions, especially not related to relationships, without consulting his pastor first. And it seems like Justin’s new girlfriend, swimsuit model Paola Paulin got the seal of approval.
In July, Bieber was forced to cancel some dates on his Purpose World Tour, due in large part to exhaustion.
“It was a really bad scene. He was just not himself. He was profoundly unhappy. Exhausted, low energy. He was just miserable. He needed to step back, recalibrate, and then figure out his next move,” a source close to the chart-topping singer told the media.
“It has been a process, but he’s doing so much better. You can talk to him and see that the old Justin is coming back. He seems happier, more energetic. It’s encouraging. He’s not completely there, but he’s definitely on his way,” the source also added.