Justin Bieber did not a make a "$10 million gift" to a "cult" church, despite a claim circulating both online and in print. He actually didn't make a $10 million donation to a church of any kind. Gossip Cop can help set the record straight.
In an interview published online by Rolling Stone last month, Post Malone was asked about being pals with Bieber, whom he called an "awesome, great dude." The rapper went on to say of the superstar's involvement with Hillsong Church, "He's gotten super-religious recently. Real culty... It's a total cult. He's already given them, like, $10 million." Though the original article noted, "A source close to Bieber denies that he's given $10 million," Star still saw fit to pick up Malone's assertions a few weeks later and feature them as if they're fact.
In its latest issue, the tabloid writes, "Can you put a price on your salvation? Yes, and it's $10 million — at least that's the going rate for Justin Bieber's soul." The gossip magazine then contends, "His rapper pal let it slip that the star wrote a hefty check to the 'culty' Hillsong Church at Pastor Carl Lentz's urging." Actually, Malone said nothing about Lentz (pictured above with Bieber). So, not only did the outlet repeat something that was disputed at the onset, but it didn't even regurgitate the claims accurately.
The publication fills out the rest of its article by asserting that although Lentz has "helped" Bieber "turn his life around," "he's more interested in opening Justin's wallet, and his Rolodex, than the gates of heaven." A so-called "insider" is quoted as saying, "Hillsong may seem progressive, but make no mistake, Carl is very aggressive about getting his parishioners to fork over their cash." This supposed source adds, "But Justin doesn't mind. He's worth more than $300 million and is convinced helping the church will get him closer to Jesus."
The tabloid ends by encouraging Bieber to "get a good financial advisor." But first Star should invest in a good fact-checker. If the magazine or its "insider" were actually in-the-know, it never would've spread Malone's claim and would've known that it's false. In fact, Lentz has even released a statement slamming Malone for making such an unfounded allegation about Bieber's alleged financial involvement.
The pastor noted, "I put no stock in comments made by people who know absolutely nothing about the subject they are speaking on. I do not know Post Malone and I have no idea why he would say reckless things about our church, which he has never visited. Justin has not given our church $10 million dollars."
Gossip Cop also doesn't put much stock in tabloid stories, especially from the same outlet that ran a ridiculous article earlier this year claiming Bieber asks women about their "relationship with Jesus" before sleeping with them. It seems clear it's Star that could use some salvation, not the singer.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.