Laura Lentz, the wife of former Hillsong Church pastor Carl Lentz, has broken her six-month silence in the wake of her husband’s infidelity, which cost him his work.
Carl was a well-known member of the Sydney-based congregation, having officiated at Justin Bieber’s and Hailey Bieber’s (née Baldwin) wedding in 2019.
Carl’s cheating was discovered in November of last year, and both Carl and Laura were fired from Hillsong due to “breach of confidence” and “moral shortcomings,” according to Hillsong.
Laura has shared a picture of palm trees and a sun-lit blue sky on Instagram for the first time since October of last year, along with a lengthy caption alluding to the situation.
“I’ve been staring at these palm trees every day for the past few months, and they have so many symbolic meanings.”
“A few that have resonated with me during this season of my life: they are sturdy, can survive the worst storms, and they always grow upwards – independence, righteousness, reward, and resurrection to name a few…,” Laura began her caption.
“I’ve taken a break from social media because it was bad for my soul, and I’ve blocked and deleted more people and comments than I can remember. Trolls are cowards, and some ‘Christians’ are anything but generous, caring, or kind…but that won’t stop me from progressing and strengthening.”
Laura expressed her appreciation to her loved ones at the end of the caption.
“I can never forget who left us, but I will prefer to keep my heart free of resentment and be grateful for those who stayed and loved us.” “I don’t want to judge anyone or be judged,” she wrote, before adding the hashtags #youcanonlychangeyou #lovewins #growupwards to her statement.
Laura and Carl Lentz married in 2003 and have three children: Ava, 16, Charlie, 14, and Roman, 11 years old.
Since relocating to Los Angeles from New York, where the couple had been working on their relationship, the family has maintained a low profile.
Carl and Laura are unlikely to split, according to The Sun.
“Even though they’re no longer members of the church, it’s frowned upon for leaders to divorce, even though infidelity is involved, so they feel additional pressure to make it work,” a source close to the couple allegedly said.
Carl said in an Instagram statement in November 2020,
“I was unfaithful in my marriage, the most significant relationship in my life, and kept responsible for it.”
“I, and only I, am to blame for this debacle, and I accept full responsibility for my conduct.”
“I am now embarking on a journey of restoring faith with my wife, Laura, and my children, as well as devoting significant time to working on and healing my own life and seeking the assistance that I need.”