You should have seen this coming, the woman who claims she had an affair with celebrity pastor Carl Lentz spoke out Vanity Fair earlier this week now she’s done an interview with GMA.
via: ABC News
The woman who says she had a consensual affair with the high-profile former pastor of a New York City megachurch, which led to his shocking firing, is speaking out about what happened.
“I still cherish what we had,” Ranin Karim told ABC News’ Amy Robach of her involvement with Carl Lentz. “It was always gonna be part of my past. I wish I can just like, delete it, but you can’t.”
Lentz became a high-profile pastor during his time at Hillsong Church, a megachurch once frequented by celebrities including Justin Bieber, Chris Pratt and Vanessa Hudgens. Lentz, who was fired earlier this month, developed a celebrity status of his own, followed online by more than 500,000 people.
Karim says her story with Lentz began five months ago when they first met at a park near her New York City home.
Their meetings at the park became a regular thing, according to Karim, who said that Lentz refused to tell her his last name or even what he did for a living. Lentz also asked her not to Google him and saved her phone number in the Notes app of his phone, instead of in his contact list, according to Karim.
“He was like, ‘You know, I work with celebrities … I manage celebrities, and I travel with them,'” Karim recalled. “He didn’t want to say what he does.”
Karim said she did a reverse Google search with Lentz’s phone number and found out about his role at Hillsong, which was founded in Australia in 1983 and has over 150,000 members worldwide.
Karim said she attended Hillsong once, years before meeting Lentz, a father of three. After finding out who he was, she said she asked him directly about his marriage.
“I was, like, ‘Are you married?,’ and he said, ‘I am,'” said Karim. “But he doesn’t wear a ring. You never ever see him wearing a ring.”
After finding out Lentz was married, Karim said she stayed in touch because she did not “want to judge him.”
“I was like it’s all good. I was married before, and I didn’t want to judge him,” she said. “I like to meet people, and feel like they’re a blank canvas, you know?”
“You get to know them, and you let them paint their warm colors on it,” Karim said. “You don’t go and just stick or put stickers on people and think they’re going to be that, and going to be this, and I didn’t want to do that to him, because I don’t want to judge him.”
Lentz, who has not identified the woman with whom he had an affair, did not respond to requests for comment from ABC News.
It’s a little strange Ms. Karim is going on a media blitz, hopefully she can move forward with her life now that’s she told her side of the story. But I could see a book coming as well.