You will learn lot of things about 22-year-old rap-rock star Post Malone in today’s new Rolling Stone cover story. For starters, he owns an astonishing number of firearms, some of which he apparently keeps behind his bedroom pillows; he refers to his Rolls-Royce as “a great drunk-driver”; his living room features an “enormous framed portrait of Malone as a centaur holding an American flag amid a landscape strewn with crushed beer cans.” You also might learn something about his friend and peer Justin Bieber, whose recent religious awakening is, in Post Malone’s opinion, “culty”:
When I ask Malone about Bieber, he calls him “a fucking awesome, great dude” and “a genuine friend.” He adds, “He’s gotten super-religious recently. Real culty.” He’s referring to Hillsong, a megachurch that Bieber belongs to. “It’s not culty!” Ashlen interjects. “It’s a total cult,” Malone continues. “He’s already given them, like, $10 million. Those are the worst kinds of people. I used to be super-religious. I believed in God. But now I see through it. It’s nice to support something you believe in, I guess, but people are spending so much money, and God doesn’t care that your church has a fucking gold roof.” I ask if he’s shared these thoughts with Bieber. “We don’t talk about this stuff,” he says. (A source close to Bieber denies that he’s given $10 million.)
Post Malone is also an avowed unironic fan of “alternate news” and “conspiracy shit” who believes in “crazy shit that goes on that we can’t explain” like “chemtrails and shit,” so maybe take his judgement of what is and is not “culty” with a grain of salt.