When Justin Bieber landed in Australia, we all kind of lost our minds a little. Or a lot.
#BieberWatch became a thing, with people posting the star’s movements as they saw them. Hailey Baldwin was also followed, with rumours that she and the Biebs were ‘together’ together.
Biebs also donned a rather terrible getup as he skateboarded around Bondi, and it was glaringly obvious that the guy with a hood, shades and a very fake handlebar mustache was the International star.
So, what’s the Hillsong connection?
According to a report on the Daily Mail, Hillsong Church’s Global Director, Joel Houston and his very glamorous wife, Esther Lima are Bieber and Baldwin’s spiritual guides – and the unofficial face of Hillsong church.
Bieber and Baldwin are said to be here to attend the annual conference in Sydney, as the mega star is reportedly a friend of Joel and Esther Houston. According to Esther’s Instagram account, the couple are also friends with other up and coming A-listers, such as AnnaSophia Robb and Ashley Benson.
Pastor Joel Houston is the son of Pastor Brian and Bobbie Houston, the Aussie couple who founded Hillsong Church.
Esther is a former Brazilian model, who now has a son named Zion (a Biblical name that means ‘promised land’) with the Global Director. Together, the young family travel the world, spreading the word of Hillsong, and Esther works on her modelling and promoting her fashion and beauty blog.
And it’s worked. The Hillsong brand has expanded into a multi-million dollar empire, with churches in Europe, Russia and South America – and baby Zion is the heir.
According to the same report on the Daily Mail, Joel’s mother Bobbie is said to abandon traditional practices and encourage female parishioners to be glamorous and look after their appearance at Hillsong church.
The church, which has come under some scrutiny over the years, is described as a ‘megachurch’, with a total of eight churches around the globe.
Source: Daily Mail