The 23-year-old singer reportedly had his new lady, 26-year-old Ballers actress Paola Paulin, ‘screened’ by his pastor Carl Lentz before he started a relationship with her.
Justin is very close to Carl, who helped him join the Hillsong Church in 2015 after a tumultuous couple of years which saw him arrested for driving under the influence, embroiled in a lawsuit for throwing eggs at a neighbour’s house and peeing in a bucket. The singer has also turned to Carl more recently after deciding to cancel the remaining dates for his Purpose world tour. ‘Justin does not make a move without consulting [Carl],’ a source told The Sun. ‘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 is very much embracing an ‘if you wanna get with me, you gotta get with my friends’ ethos in life right now, as the source also said that the lucky girl has to get the stamp of approval from Carl and Hillsong before she can truly be accepted as Bieber’s beau. ‘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.’
But it seems Paola has indeed embraced the church as she was spotted attending church with the pop star in California earlier this week.
Bieber’s dedication to the church has come as his manager Scooter Braun said that Justin had fallen into a ‘dark place again,’ leading him to cancel the remainder of his world tour in North America, Japan, Singapore and The Philippines – despite already having played a staggering 150 shows already. ‘Look, I think he’ll decide to tell people when he’s ready of what exactly happened,’ Scooter said at the time. ‘But I think he was making a decision, like he said, to protect himself. But he’s 23 years old now, and if he makes a decision as a man, as long as he’s willing to listen to opinions and hear people out – if he has true conviction, I’m willing to have his back.’ We have contacted Hillsong for a comment.