As pop sensation Justin Bieber makes his comeback, the secular media realize exactly how much his rebirth in the music scene has to do with being born again in the spiritual world.
"Enough with the Justin Bieber Show. I want to veer away from the self-centered attitude," Bieber says.
The sin to salvation story is so uncommon in their pages, Billboard chooses to open and close with it in a sign that Bieber's conversion is palatable, and it's the magazine's most newsworthy item in the feature.
"Spend a few hours with Bieber and it's clear he's making a real effort to show some gratitude for his hashtag-blessed life," Billboard's Chris Martins writes of the reformed Bieber. "... When he enters a room today, Justin Drew Bieber shakes hands, makes eye contact and often greets strangers with something of a new catchphrase: 'Appreciate you.'"
The spotlight on Bieber's faith increased in recent months, as his latest album was banned for religious symbols while he bashed the idea of going to church.
"I was in a weird place and felt it in my soul," Bieber says. "I was so lost, and I'm like, 'Let me try to revisit my faith.'"
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