A new video of Justin Bieber surfaced on Monday night (June 11), and it shows him comforting a fan who opened up about the struggle to find a church that is inclusive towards people in the LGBTQ community.
The two minute clip appears to show Bieber taking photos and answering questions from fans, following his church service. One fan asks the singer how the service went and whether his church is accepting of the gay community.
“Isn’t your church like really inclusive, like, of the gay community?” the fan asks. Bieber, who attends Hillsong Church, replies that it is, and that anyone can come.
The fan then opens up to the singer about how they grew up as Catholic, but haven’t attended church in a while. “I’m trying to find a place that is like, inclusive of everybody, ’cause I came out as queer not long ago. So, I’m trying to find a nice place. ‘Cause, like no one is nice. Everybody is so homophobic,” adds the fan.
Bieber responds that he was sorry, and invites the fan to attend one of his church’s services in the future.
“Yeah, that breaks my heart for you. I’m so sorry. That’s not okay,” Bieber says. “If you ever want to come to any of the services, any of them would love to have you. We’d love to have you in there, you’re more than welcome to come any time.”
The exchange concludes with Bieber hugging the fan. Watch the short clip below.
.@JustinBieber comforts a fan who opened up about the struggles of finding a church that is queer-inclusive, he ends up inviting her to his church:
“That’s the sad thing. It can be like that sometimes, yea. That breaks my heart for you. I’m so sorry. That’s not ok.” pic.twitter.com/VyWcOKQb6W
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) June 12, 2018
While the interaction seems well intentioned, several have pointed out that Hillsong Church may not be as inclusive as the hitmaker believes. Singer Trey Pearson pointed out that the church forced a gay couple to step down from their worship team.
“A lot of churches say, ‘Everyone is welcome. Gay people are welcome.’ But until the leadership says, ‘We affirm you, and we believe you’re like everyone else. You can marry just like anyone else,’ they’re taking in LGBT people and then they’re shaming them — they’re bringing them in only to marginalize them,” added Pearson.