Justin Bieber stays stoic during CMA performance in first public appearance since pastor Carl Lentz's cheating scandal
JUSTIN Bieber kept a serious front during a romantic performance of 10,000 Hours with Dan + Shay at the CMA Awards on Wednesday night.
The performance marks the 26-year-old's first public appearance since his pastor Carl Lentz's cheating scandal.
Justin appeared at the awards show alongside the country duo in a pre-taped segment, which was filmed at the Hollywood Bowl.
The performers belted out the romantic lyrics as they sat socially distanced from each other.
The venue was completely empty with the exception of the musicians and crew filming the performance.
Justin wore a serious expression throughout the performance and kept his eyes closed as he sang the popular love song.
The awards show performance comes just days after Justin's religious mentor Carl was "fired" from his role at Hillsong Church.
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, Carl admitted he was unfaithful to his wife Laura and assured fans he was “building back trust in his marriage.”
Earlier on Wednesday, The Sun exclusively reported that Justin and his wife Hailey Bieber, 23, have cut ties from Carl.
After the shocking details of the former Hillsong leader’s infidelity came to light, the singer and model are “distancing themselves” as the “irreparable damage” has been done.
A source close to the famous couple said: “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 added that Hailey “quickly became furious” with the pastor’s cheating, while Justin was “sympathetic to the man who had helped him so much.”
The news comes after Justin and Hailey unfollowed Carl on social media.
The Canadian-born singer credited Carl in the past with helping him overcome his own struggles with relationships and with drug abuse.
Despite their close bond, 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.”
The insider also shared that Justin and Hailey are “shocked” and “furious” by Carl’s secret romance with Ranin.
Earlier this week, The Sun exclusively spoke to Ranin, a 34-year-old designer from New York City.
She opened up about dating the married church leader for over five months before their emotional breakup just days ago.
Carl and Ranin's 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.
In addition to Laura finding the evidence, several other co-workers were also present for the scandalous moment.
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