Article Lead Image


Chris Pratt responds to anti-LGBTQ church controversy—but people aren’t having it

Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin, and Selena Gomez also attend the same churches.


Gabrielle Sorto


Posted on Feb 13, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 7:11 pm CDT

After Chris Pratt opened up about his faith and his faith-inspired fasting on The Late Show, Ellen Page called the actor out on Twitter for being part of a church that is “infamously anti-LGBTQ” over the weekend. Pratt responded in a lengthy written Instagram story, saying the suggestion that his church is “infamously anti-LGBTQ” couldn’t be “further from the truth.”

In reference to his divorce from Anna Faris in 2017, he wrote that despite what the Bible says about divorce, the church community “was there for me every step of the way, never judging, just gracefully accompanying me on my walk … It is what I have seen them do for others on countless occasions regardless of sexual orientation, race or gender.”

He went on to say he is not defined by his church and is not a “spokesman for any church or any group of people” and that he believes that “everyone is entitled to love who they want free from judgment of their fellow man.”

Despite his explanation, people are not having it. Pratt has been known to be thirsted after, but one person on Twitter said that’s canceled.

“Please note gays: we are officially done thirsting over someone who defends homophobia,” they wrote.

Others pointed out the fact that he said he was accepted by the church even after getting divorced isn’t the same as accepting LGBTQ people.

The actor reportedly attends services at Zoe Church in Los Angeles with his fiancee, Katherine Schwarzenegger, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Zoe Church is part of the Hillsong family, which does have an anti-LGBTQ history. The pastor, Brian Houston, has said they are “a gay-welcoming church but not a church that affirms a gay lifestyle.” Other celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin, and Selena Gomez also attend Hillsong churches.


Share this article
*First Published: Feb 13, 2019, 1:58 pm CST