Popstar Justin Bieber was baptized in New York City over the weekend reports The Christian Post. The Canadian-born singer reportedly sought out a church to perform the baptism without gleaning media attention, but was discovered.
Pastor Carl Lentz of the New York Hillsong church baptized Bieber in a bathtub.
The baptism followed the recent leaking of videos featuring 15-year-old Bieber telling racist jokes; The singer is now 20.
Fellow performer Usher originally introduced Bieber to the American entertainment industry. On Instagram he wrote, “As I have watched Justin Bieber navigate difficult waters as a young man, I can tell you that he hasn’t always chosen the path of his greatest potential, but he is unequivocally not a racist. What he was 5 years ago was a naive child who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racist slurs.”
“What he is now is a young man faced with an opportunity to become his best self, an example to the millions of kids that follow him to not make the same mistakes.”