Fired Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz and his wife are said to be seeking professional help to mend their marriage after he admitted to having an affair.
Lentz was publicly sacked from his job as head pastor of the church’s location in New York City earlier this month after he confessed on social media that he had been cheating on Laura, his wife of 17 years and mother of his three children.
It was later revealed that Lentz, who was close friends with Justin Bieber and his wife Hailey, was having an affair with Brooklyn designer Ranin Karim, 34, who spilled details of their drunken nights together and how he told her that she was the best sex he’d ever had.
The 42-year-old sold his family’s home in Montclair, New Jersey, right before the scandal broke and has since moved his family to Los Angeles, where he spotted hitting the beach and out with his wife and kids on Monday in exclusive photos by DailyMail.com.
But life hasn’t been all fun in the sun for Lentz, according to a friend who spoke to Page Six on Thursday.
‘Carl’s taking time to work on his marriage, go through intense counseling with his wife, and spend time with his kids,’ the friend said. ‘He is committed to rebuilding trust and fixing his marriage.’
The friend added that Lentz ‘never had any plans to leave his marriage’ – even at the height of his affair with Karim.
It appears that Laura, who was also fired from Hillsong, is equally committed to making things work and putting on a united front, as she and her husband took their children out for dinner in LA on Sunday night.
The dinner sighting came just as Lentz was accused of being a ‘womanizing manwhore’ by sources to Page Six.
They recalled Lentz attending a post-Super Bowl party for J.Lo in Miami last year, and acting ‘celebrity-obsessed’ and he and another pastor were ‘running around like inappropriate superfans’ on the yacht.
Lentz was with Rich Wilkerson Jr, himself a pastor of Miami-based Vous Church who is best known for officiating the wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
The two pastors were reportedly seen ‘partying their a**es off’ and ‘acting really weird’.
Lentz was said to have been flirting with several women, some of whom were then seen sitting on his lap, although another source said his wife Laura was in attendance and sat on his lap.
It’s unclear why Lentz and Laura decided to relocate to Los Angeles and if it was due to being fired from this pastoral role in New York City.
But just days before the affair went public, they sold off their ‘contemporary chic’ home in Montclair for $1.5 million on October 23.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Megan Sheets and Cheyenne Roundtree