JUSTIN Bieber's pastor Carl Lentz has admitted to cheating on his wife, sharing the news a day after he was fired from Hillsong New York church.
Carl found fame in recent years as an Instagram influencer in the controversial church, and for also mentoring singer Justin as he moved forward in his faith.
He was also close friends with Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, and Oprah Winfrey.
But the father of three has now shared a personal statement on Instagram, revealing that he had made choices that have "real and painful consequences."
The worship leader was axed for a “a recent revelation of moral failures,” according to a statement that was allegedly sent out to church members on Wednesday.
Admitting that he "did not do an adequate job of protecting my own spirit, refilling my own soul and reaching out for the readily available help that is available," he confirmed he had had an affair and was now working on building back trust in his marriage.
He wrote that this was a "hard ending to what has been the most amazing, impacting and special chapter of our lives."
Carl spoke of the honor he felt at leading the church, before sharing that when you "lead out of an empty place, you make choices that have real and painful consequences."
"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," he said.
"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."
He continued: "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. So to those people, I pray you can forgive me and that over time I can live a life where trust is earned again."
In the communication to followers, Hillsong founder and senior pastor Brian Houston said that the church was “very sad” to inform that Carl’s employment had been terminated.
He said: “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.
“This action has been taken following ongoing discussions in relation to leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures."
Carl helped Bieber to get connected with Hillsong after the singer reached out to him back in 2010.
The pastor proceeded to baptise Justin in the bathtub of NBA player Tyson Chandler after the pop star said he wanted to re-commit to God.
Carl and Justin became extremely close and the singer even moved in with Carl and his wife Laura for a month in 2014.
Hillsong Church was founded by Brian and Bobbie Houston in 1983 in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia.
It now has churches in city centres in 28 countries around the world.
The church has an average global attendance of 150,000 weekly.
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