PASTOR Carl Lentz has gone into “hiding” after admitting to “cheating” on his wife Laura.
Justin and Hailey Baldwin’s pastor was fired from Hillsong Church just a few weeks ago.
A source close to the situation told Page Six on Saturday: “It’s like he’s gone into hiding.
“He’s not returning anyone’s phone calls. Friends have been trying to encourage him to hire someone to navigate this situation, but he’s not responding.”
The source further confirmed that Carl gone AWOL stemmed after his longtime friend, Justin, started to distance himself from the pastor over a year ago.
“[Justin] quit going and it was pretty abrupt,” the source said.
“He separated from the church a while ago. They used him.
“They were opportunistic leaches. Carl ‘Hipster too cool for school’ is a total used car salesman type of guy.”
The source used that phrase to allude to the fact that Carl seemed to change his style after meeting the Canadian singer.
They said: “He was always living the pop star life, popping bottles on private planes. The infidelity was not a surprise.
“At one point, he was in Australia with Bieber at a bar with his shirt off and doing shots… He’s new age and modern, but shots and taking off your clothes in public places? Come on.”
A second source further confirmed that Justin’s new spiritual advisor is Judah Smith, who leads Churchome – further causing a drift between the Baby singer and Carl.
Neither Carl nor Justin’s rep commented on the source’s claims.
Just last night, Justin and his wife, Hailey, were spotted looking somber as they grabbed some dinner after Hillsong announced last Wednesday the famous Christian figure was no longer a member of the church due to “moral failures” and “breach of trust.”
In a statement posted one day later, Justin’s pal admitted he was unfaithful in his marriage to wife Laura but assured fans he was “building back trust in his marriage.”
Justin and his wife Hailey are “shocked” and “furious” by Carl’s affairs.
A source close to the Bieber’s exclusively told The Sun: “Carl’s cheating has caused irreparable damage with many people he was close with, including Justin and Hailey.
“They were both extremely shocked and disappointed when Carl’s confession came out.”
The insider revealed that Hailey “quickly became furious” with the pastor’s cheating, though Justin was “sympathetic to the man who had helped him so much.”
The Baby singer has previously credited Carl with helping him overcome his own struggles with relationships and also with drug abuse.
The informant added: “After talking with Hailey, who has become really close with Laura [Lentz] over the years, they’re both going to keep their distance from Carl.
“Justin and Hailey are both very good friends with Laura too and consider her family.
“Their heart is with her and their kids right now but they just feel sad about the whole situation.”
Since news of the scandal broke, both Justin and Hailey have unfollowed Carl on Instagram.
Just one day after he was fired from Hillsong, Carl and Laura were spotted having a tense conversation outside of Justin’s apartment.
Justin and Hailey were just two of Carl’s famous friends, as Drake, Oprah Winfrey, Kourtney Kardashian, and more also part of his inner circle.
Earlier this week, The Sun exclusively spoke to Ranin, a 34-year-old designer from New York City.
Carl’s mistress opened up about dating the married church leader for over five months before their emotional breakup just days ago.
After meeting in Brooklyn, New York, their relationship took an explosive turn last week after she claimed Carl’s wife saw all of their messages – including “naughty photos” – which were connected to his work computer at the church office.
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