Why Justin Bieber Doesn’t Consider Himself Religious Despite Going to Church

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a decade since Justin Bieber first appeared on the scene. Since releasing his first hit single “Baby” at the age of 16, the Canadian singer has made headlines (both good and bad), released numerous number one hits, and just recently tied the knot with Hailey Baldwin. Now the two are on the cover of Vogue and discussing their love, each other, and their personal beliefs.

Justin Bieber got his start on YouTube

By now, the story of how Justin Bieber became a household name is well-known. At the urging of his mother, Bieber posted videos of his singing on YouTube. These videos were discovered by music manager Scooter Braun, who passed them on to Grammy-winning singer Usher. Bieber and Usher worked together and Justin Bieber quickly became a global phenomenon.

But Bieber struggled with his fame and turned to some pretty destructive behavior. He later told Vogue, “I found myself doing things that I was so ashamed of, being super-promiscuous and stuff, and I think I used Xanax because I was so ashamed.” Now it appears that the singer is working to move forward. He made the decision to step back from music and focus on character development.

Justin met the future Mrs. Bieber when she was 14

For some, it may seem like Hailey Baldwin came out of nowhere. After all, Bieber spent most of his teenage life in an on-again-off-again relationship with former Disney star, Selena Gomez. Baldwin even posted her support for the couple on Twitter after their relationship became official. But Baldwin and Bieber’s relationship goes back much further than most people realize.

Bieber and his future wife met at a taping of the Today show in 2009. Their parents were friends and Baldwin was given tickets by her uncle, actor Alec Baldwin. According to many close to her, Baldwin was a hard-core Belieber, a fact that she adamantly denies. Though their parents were friends, the two didn’t become friends themselves until a few years later.

Church has always been a common thread

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Bieber and Baldwin met once again a few years later. At this time, Baldwin had just started attending Hillsong Church in New York. After meeting again in church, the pair had a brief relationship, but things did not end well. In fact, Hailey refers to their breakup as a dramatic excommunication.

The couple met again in June of 2018, this time at a conference hosted by Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. Baldwin told Vogue,  “The common denominator, I promise you, is always church. This time the couple was ready for a relationship. Within a month they were engaged.

The singer doesn’t consider himself religious

Many people may be surprised to learn that Bieber does consider himself a religious person, even though he attends church and has such a strong connection through church with his wife. Bieber says he doesn’t like the religious elitism and pretentiousness of religion and the way some people act like they are better than others because they go to church. He tells Vogue, “I don’t want to be thought of as someone who stands for any of the injustice that religion has done and does do.” His beliefs and the support from those he calls role models within the church are what drives him to attend.

Marriage has helped ground him

Bieber seems to have matured since his days of partying, drugs, and questionable behavior. In the past year, the singer has bought a house, got married, and settled down. Instead of partying, Bieber enjoys staying at home and watching movies with his wife. Though Baldwin says that marriage is hard, she goes on to say, “…there’s something beautiful about it anyway—about wanting to fight for something, commit to building with someone…At the end of the day, too, he’s my best friend. I never get sick of him.”