“I do my best to encourage him,” Smith said. “He’s a spectacular young man.”
Bieber seems to think the same of his pastor as last week he posted the book cover of Smith’s latest release on Instagram.
“So proud of my pastor. This book comes out on the 26th. Judah is the best speaker of our generation. Read this book u won’t regret it,” he wrote.
While Bieber reaches out to Smith for advice, it wasn’t always this way.
“He heard me preach when he was younger in Toronto and I guess I used to put him to sleep,” Smith admitted. “His mom said she’d play my tapes and he’d fall asleep. That’s not really what a preacher wants to hear, that I put him to sleep.”
Things have quickly turned around as Bieber refers to Smith as his mentor.
“Certainly Justin has a lot of opportunity and temptation but frankly I think in the 21st century we probably all do,” he said. “I would encourage him like I would encourage our church in Seattle, which is to be like Jesus and ask that all important question, ‘What would Jesus do?’ And I think Justin makes fantastic decisions in his life.”
Bieber seems to be taking Smith’s advice to heart and is doing well for himself. Named Forbes’ third-most powerful celebrity last year, his latest lyric video for “Right Here” is just a hint of what’s to come. Featuring Drake on guest vocals, the Biebs showcases his deeper voice and hints at his R&B influence.
Bieber is no angel all the time, though. In fact, he still manages to surprise his mother. This morning on CBS New York morning show The Couch his mother admitted she just learned of his new ink.
“See, sometimes I find out things like this…the same way as everyone else,” she said.