Chris Pratt recently denied allegations that he attended Hillsong megachurch, the scandal-ridden institution notorious for alleged anti-LGBTQ views and gay conversion therapy amongst other high-profile controversies.
Pratt, 43, denied the allegations during an interview with Men’s Health for its June cover story, saying that he has never been to the church nor does he know anyone from the home of worship, which once attracted the likes of Justin Bieber.
“I never went to Hillsong,” said the “Jurassic World” star, who has been the topic of several controversies prior to now months.
“I’ve never actually been to Hillsong. I don’t know anyone from that church.”
In 2019, “Umbrella Academy” star Elliot Page was considered one of the primary people to slam Pratt over his supposed ties to Hillsong after the “Avenger” star appeared on Stephen Colbert to speak about his faith.
“If you happen to are a famous actor and also you belong to a company that hates a certain group of individuals, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed,” tweeted the actor, who got here out as a trans man in 2020. “Being anti-LGBTQ is mistaken, there aren’t two sides. The damage it causes is severe. Full stop. Sending like to all.”
Pratt later responded on Instagram saying that the allegations weren’t true.
The megachurch has been accused of practicing gay conversion therapy.Fairfax Media via Getty Images
Carl Lentz, seen here in 2017, was the senior pastor of Hillsong Church but was fired for adultery in November 2020.Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images
“It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates people’ and is ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ. Nothing may very well be farther from the reality. I’m going to a church that opens their doors to completely everyone,” the actor said.
Pratt told Men’s Health that attacks on his faith began after an acceptance speech on the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, where he said: “God is real. God loves you, God wants the very best for you. Imagine that; I do.”
The “Parks and Rec” alum admitted that perhaps the language was an excessive amount of for some.
“Possibly it was hubris for me to rise up on the stage and say the things that I said,” he told the magazine. “I’m undecided I touched anybody.”
The “Jurassic World” star has been the topic of several scandals prior to now months.Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic
Unlike Hillsong — whose pastor Brian Houston recently resigned amid many allegations of wrongdoing, all of which the church has denied multiple times — Pratt said that he actually attends Zoe Church in Los Angeles.
“Religion has been oppressive as f–k for a very long time … I feel there’s a distinction between being religious … and using it to regulate people, to take money from people, to abuse children, to steal land, to justify hatred. Whatever it’s,” Pratt told Men’s Health.
“The evil that’s in the guts of each man has glommed onto the back of faith and are available along for the ride.”
“I said something like, ‘Find someone who looks at you the way in which my wife looks at me.’ After which I gave her some shit within the thing and said, ‘But I like you. I’m so thankful for my wife — she gave me a good looking, healthy daughter.’ After which a bunch of articles got here out and said, ‘That’s so cringeworthy. I can’t consider Chris Pratt would thank her for a healthy daughter when his first child was born premature. That’s such a dig at his ex-wife,” he said.
“That’s f–ked up. My son’s gonna read that at some point. He’s nine. And it’s etched in digital stone. It really f–king bothered me, dude. I cried about it. I used to be like, I hate that these blessings in my life are — to the people near me — an actual burden.”