The celebrity pastor who was fired from the Hillsong megachurch after it was revealed he was having an affair was reportedly spotted being a ‘womanizing manwhore’ at Jennifer Lopez’s post-Super Bowl party last year.
Carl Lentz, 42, was said to have been flirting with several women, some of whom were then seen sitting on his lap, on a yacht in Miami during a post-Super Bowl party hosted by the singer.
Lentz was spotted alongside 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 seen ‘partying their asses off’ and ‘acting really weird’ on the yacht, Page Six is reporting.
Carl Lentz (pictured left with his wife, Laura Lentz) was spotted being flirtatious with women during a post-Super Bowl party aboard a yacht in Miami hosted by Jennifer Lopez (right) last year, it has been reported
The revelations come a day after fashion designer Ranin Karim, 34, shared details of her affair with Carl Lentz, who was fired from Hillsong for ‘moral failures’ in early November
Lentz was living it up at the party even though his wife, Laura Lentz, was with him at the event. She was also seen sitting on his lap.
While neither of the two men were accused of wrongdoing, their overtly flirtatious behavior with other women rubbed some people the wrong way, according to Page Six.
The two men also raised eyebrows by reportedly acting like star-struck fans. Witnesses said they used their phones to record video of themselves getting close to some of the celebrity attendees, like the rapper Too Short.
‘They were celebrity-obsessed,’ a source told Page Six.
‘They were running around like inappropriate superfans.’
The revelations about Lentz came just one day after his mistress claimed he told her she gave him the best sex he’s ‘ever had in his life.’
New York City fashion designer Ranin Karim, 34, shared sordid details of the affair after Lentz was fired from Hillsong for ‘moral failures’ in early November.
Karim said that while she had feelings for Lentz, she would like to apologize to his wife for the affair.
Lentz, who has been married to his Australian-born wife Laura for 17 years and shares three kids with her, has since confirmed he was unfaithful.
Karim said if she had the chance to undo everything she would, and that she would tell Laura: ‘I’m sorry, life is complicated and s*** happened but I never intended to hurt you.’
Hillsong also sacked Laura, who worked as a leader for the megachurch, and has launched an investigation into its own culture.
Karim opened up about the sordid details of their five-month-long affair – which included tequila sessions, Facetiming and love poetry texts.
‘He would come to my apartment three times a week with Tequila in his backpack so people wouldn’t see him with it in the street,’ the designer told Daily Telegraph.
‘He said the sex we had was the best he’s ever had in his life and he couldn’t stop being with me.’
Karim has said she’s Muslim, and didn’t now ‘anything about the Christian world’, including the position held in the Hillsong church by Lentz.
The Egyptian and Palestinian designer says the relationship began after a chance meeting in New York’s Domino Park.
Karim said the pair had begun their ‘love story’ against the backdrop of Covid-19 and found comfort in each other during the strange time.
The 34-year-old claimed Lentz would ‘brag about his BMW’ and talk about his friendship with pop star Justin Bieber.
Ms Karim has opened up about the pair’s five month long affair and its consequences, saying she would apologize to Mr Lentz’s wife if she ever had the chance
Lentz had baptized Bieber at the church and also brushed shoulders with other celebrities including Drake, Vanessa Hudgens, and various NBA stars.
Bieber and his wife Hayley have both unfollowed Lentz on Instagram since news of the affair broke.
When Karim found out Lentz was married, she claims she told him to end their fling.
‘When I found out he was married, I told him repeatedly ‘go back to your wife, go back to your family,’ but he kept turning up in the lobby of my apartment block with bottles of Clase Azul tequila for us to drink,’ she claimed.
‘He said he felt bad for what he was doing to his wife, that she was an amazing, good woman, that he had never done it before but his marriage wasn’t perfect.’
Karim believes Lentz was looking for a way out of his ‘boring’ marriage.
Lenz’s wife, Laura, uncovered the affair because Lentz had synced his iPhone messages to his iCloud.
She discovered messages from Karim to him on his work computer while in the Hillsong offices, surrounded by co-workers.
Ms Karim says she ‘spoke briefly’ with Lentz after he was fired from Hillsong
Karim says she ‘spoke briefly’ with Lentz after he was fired from Hillsong.
She claims she was told he was focusing his attention on rebuilding his marriage and described feeling ‘really hurt’.
The Lentzs share three children together and appear to be working on their relationship.
Hillsong has appointed a New York City legal firm to conduct an ‘in-depth review’ into its culture after a ‘number of people came forward’ with concerns, following the revelation of Lentz’s infidelities.
In a statement to DailyMail.com on Friday, the church said: ‘Since last week’s announcement of a leadership change at Hillsong East Coast, we have heard from a number of people about their experiences and concerns.
‘It is important that we establish the truth and then do everything we can to ensure our church is both a safe place and one that seeks to glorify God in all that we say and do.
‘For this reason we have decided to appoint a New York based legal firm that is not associated or affiliated with Hillsong to conduct an in-depth review and investigation into all concerns and any wider cultural issues.
‘We are taking this extremely seriously and on the basis of this report, we will be better positioned to take whatever actions are deemed necessary to right the wrongs and see Hillsong East Coast move forward in a way that enables many more people to find hope in Jesus.’
Carl and Laura Lentz have been married since 2003 and shared three children together. Laura has not commented publicly on her husband’s infidelity
Carl and Laura Lentz have both been booted from the Hillsong church. They are believed to be working on their marriage
Carl and Lauran Lentz were incredibly close with both Justin and Hailey Bieber.
But after news of Carl’s affair emerged this week, Hailey unfollowed both of them on Instagram. Justin soon followed suit.
While the Biebers were their most famous friends, Carl and Laura have mingled with countless celebrities over the years after being introduced to them through the church. He’s been seen with the Kardashians, Drake, Vanessa Hudgens, and various NBA stars.
Carl and Laura are pictured on their wedding day in 2003. They subsequently moved to New York City and set up the Big Apple Hillsong branch, which is largely being credited for drawing in its famous worshipers
Lentz, who is close friends with Justin Bieber (pictured in 2017) and even baptized the popstar in 2014, made his confession one day after he was sensationally sacked by Hillsong’s founder
Laura and Carl FaceTimed Hailey and Justin during the April lockdown. The Biebers are also close with the Lentz children
Lentz grew up in Virginia then went to Australia after graduating high school. That is where he was introduced to Hillsong and met its founder, Brian Houston.
In 2003, he returned to the US with Laura to set up Hillsong in New York City.
It has since grown, under his leadership and with the help of Brian’s son Joel, into a celebrity mecca.
Lentz’s salary is not listed anywhere in the company’s most recent annual reports.
In 2019, Hillsong East Coast – which he is in charge of – brought in $12.7million in revenue and more than a quarter of that – $3.87million – went on staff salaries.
He and Laura, and their kids, live in a $1.5million, five-bedroom home in Montclair, New Jersey, where the church is registered.
They have also been listed on the deed for a $2million apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the past.
Details of exactly how much they are paid or if any of their living expenses are counted as church expenses is unclear.
Hillsong is registered as a company in Australia, where it began. According to the most recent Australian annual report, the church took in $95.9million AUD in revenue, around $70million USD, and spent $21million AUD ($15m USD), including $6m AUD ($4m USD) in staff salaries.
The Lentz family lived in this $1.5million home in Montclair, New Jersey, near the Hillsong church there. They sold it last week before the scandal emerged
It’s unclear now whether the family will stay in NJ , near the church, or how they’ll sustain their lifestyle
Hillsong East Coast, which the Lentzs were in charge of, also produced an annual report last year.
The East Coast branch brought in $12.7million in revenue, $3.87million of that which went on staff salaries.
It is unclear exactly how much of that money went to the Lentzs.
The pair both favor trendy, expensive clothing. When they were spotted having what looked like crisis talks this week outside Justin Bieber’s apartment, Laura was wearing a $200 pair of Alexander Wang sweatpants.
Carl has been seen in the past wearing a $37,000 Gold Rolex. He was riding a $2,000 electrical bike last week.
Carl wears a $37,000 gold Rolex Daytona despite being on a pastor’s salary
Neither Lentz nor the church has revealed what will happen now. Laura has not spoken since the scandal erupted last week.
In their statement, Brian and Bobbie Houston – the founders – said they were ‘saddened’ to let the pair go.
‘We thank Pastors Carl and Laura for the way they have served faithfully and sacrificially since the start of Hillsong NYC and for contributing so significantly to the countless lives that have been transformed for Jesus Christ through this ministry.
‘They have a heart for people and we are confident that after a time of rest and restoration, God will use Carl in another way outside of Hillsong church. In terminating his tenure, we in no way want to diminish the good work he did here.
‘This action has been taken following ongoing discussions in relation to leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures.
‘It would not be appropriate for us to go into detail about the events that led to this decision. Our focus at this time is to honor God and pastorally care for our East Coast church community as well as the Lentz family.’
‘While I have no doubt that this is the right course of action, I must mention Bobbie’s and my personal sadness, as we have known Laura her entire life and Carl for well over 20 years,’ Brian said.
The statement from the Houstons was the first sign of trouble.
Carl then took to Instagram the following day to give more information.
‘I was unfaithful in my marriage, the most important relationship in my life and held accountable for that. This failure is on me, and me alone and I take full responsibility for my actions.
‘I now begin a journey of rebuilding trust with my wife, Laura and my children and taking real time to work on and heal my own life and seek out the help that I need,’ he said.
Ranin Karim says she had a five-month affair with Lentz which began in May in Brooklyn