Someone close to Carl Lentz has let Page Six and People know that the former Hillsong pastor is in “treatment at an outpatient facility that specializes in depression, anxiety, and pastoral burnout.” The tabloid and the magazine both reported on Monday night that, following the revelation of his cheating scandal that precipitated his firing from the church, Lentz is seeking help.
Lentz “wants to be better for his family and is dedicated to doing the work. His family is supporting him and hopes their privacy will be respected on this journey,” the source said to Page Six, and also to People.
The reports are the latest in the wave of tabloid coverage that’s followed Lentz’s departure from Hillsong. Page Six has reported on Lentz’s “intense therapy” before, with a friend of Lentz telling the tabloid a few weeks ago that Lentz was in counseling along with his wife, Laura.
Privacy has not exactly been Lentz’s M.O. since his explosive departure from Hillsong. He and his family traded Montclair for Manhattan Beach—after reportedly selling the New Jersey home for $1.5 million days before the news of his firing—meaning that he’s been able to maintain proximity to the celebrity class with which he’s famously associated. It’s evidently been a convenient location for paparazzi too: Since he moved out West, Lentz has been snapped riding a bike along the boardwalk, walking with Laura, and spending time on the beach. While Justin and Hailey Bieber have reportedly unfollowed Lentz on Instagram, The Sun reported on Monday that Tyler Perry covered six months of Lentz’s $16,000-per-month Manhattan Beach rent.
On Saturday, a new New York Times report about Lentz’s conflict with Hillsong said that tensions between Lentz and the church’s founder Brian Houston preceded the public emergence of Lentz’s cheating. In a private videoconference with church staffers and volunteers at Hillsong’s East Coast branch on November 19, Houston reportedly said that the church had learned of “more than one affair. They were significant,” adding that Lentz’s ouster was related to “general narcissistic behavior, manipulating, mistreating people” and “breaches of trust connected to lying, and constantly lying.”
One church volunteer told the Times that she’d heard rumors of Lentz’s “inappropriate” behavior with women in 2017, but that her efforts to meet with a staff leader about the issue were dismissed. Houston told the paper that, at the time, the church found no evidence to support the claim, but that the current investigation that Hillsong has said it’s conducting will address the matter again.
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