When pop star Justin Bieber began trying to turn his life around, he wound up being baptized in an NBA player's bathtub, according to a new piece in GQ
The story focuses on Hillsong
, an international mega church that has reportedly attracted several celebrities -- Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Nick Jonas, and Justin Bieber to name a few -- since popping up in the U.S. in 2010. One of the church's lead figures, Pastor Carl, opens up to GQ
about a time when he says the 21-year-old pop star was at a low point
in his life.
"This boy is 21. He’s in a horribly toxic world," says Carl. "He is trying to do his best to figure this out. He has never been anybody but who he has professed to be, which is a work in progress.”
Carl claims Justin asked the pastor to baptize him -- and was happy to oblige -- after the singer proclaimed, "I want to know Jesus."
"People say we cater to celebrities,” Carl says. “And I say, yes, we do. Celebrities deserve a relationship with God. Celebrities deserve a place to pray.”
However, Carl says when the press was tipped off about the hotel pool they had planned to baptize Justin in, they were apparently so out of options that they had to enlist then-New York Knicks player Tyson Chandler to host the baptism.
“I said, ‘Bro, I’m in a jam here. I have JB with me, he wants to get baptized,’" Carl says he told Tyson. "He’s like, ‘Done. Easy.’ ”
But when they arrived too late to access Tyson's pool, Carl claims they used the NBA player's... NBA player-sized bathtub to get the job done.
So... Justin got baptized in a basketball player's bathtub?
Who knows! It sure sounds unbelievable, but in that way where it also sounds like the most Justin Bieber way to get baptized.
Justin has talked about his aspirations to be more Christ-like before. In the October/November issue of Complex magazine
, Justin said, "I just wanna honestly live like Jesus."
"Not be Jesus," he continued. "I don't want that to come across weird. He created a pretty awesome template of how to love people and how to be gracious and kind. If you believe it, he died for our sins."
Well, it sure seems like Justin has set some pious goals for himself.
We have to hand it to the singer though, if for no other reason than he lived up to the angel wings tattoo
and sounded downright angelic on the Voice