Chynna Phillips of the Wilson Phillips pop music trio regularly hosts Bible study groups at her Los Angeles home. Sadly, her religious niece Hailey Baldwin and the model’s husband Justin Bieber are not participants, but Phillips wishes they were.
âIt would be really fun,â the 51-year-old artist told Page Six. âThese are awesome examples of what it is to be a Christian and I feel like they will help pave the way for other young people to see it in a new light and see that christianity is cool. âChynna has been married since 1995 to Billy Baldwin, brother of Hailey’s father, Stephen Baldwin.
Chynna, whose parents are music kings – “Papa” John Phillips and Michelle Phillips of the legendary ’60s band The Mamas and the Papas – is an outspoken Christian who got a youtube channel, california preachin ‘, on which she speaks candidly about her sanity and her faith.
The “Hold On” singer says she was born again at the age of 12 after some classmates offered to pray with her. Chynna remembers having suffered a physical reaction.
“I knew at that moment that I had been touched by God and that Jesus was real and that Jesus was really the son of God and that I had to accept this reality because it was the truth”, a- she explained. âFrom that moment on, I know that Jesus is Lord.
But Chynna admits that she went through a difficult teenage years and abused drugs and alcohol, which she said was a “band-aid to cover all of my abandonment issues with my dad and the heartache surrounding her. drug use “.
John Phillips admitted that there was a period in the 1970s where he injected heroin every 15 minutes for two years, and he was convicted of drug trafficking in 1981. Chynna declined to discuss allegations by his half-sister Mackenzie that Mackenzie and his father had been in an incestuous relationship for almost 10 years.
The “Some Kind of Wonderful” actress says she felt another religious awakening soon after the birth of her and Billy’s third and youngest child, daughter Brooke, in 2004.
âI had a postpartum [depression]. I isolated myself and couldn’t sleep. I knew I needed help and one morning I felt enveloped by a light, by the presence of God and I felt his presence so strong in the room, âshe says. âI couldn’t move, I was paralyzed by this force. I felt it was realigning me. I felt it healed me and relieved my burden, pain and confusion.
âIt lasted about a minute and the next morning it happened again at about the same time and that’s when I knew I had to recommit myself to Jesus Christ. I fell on my knees and surrendered my heart to the Lord and said, ‘You are the way and the truth and the light. I ask you to make me your vessel and bring me into the world as your messenger and let me share your truth with other people.
Chynna says her husband is “extremely supportive” of her outspoken faith and cried tears when she was baptized. He was also present when their daughter Brooke and her mother, Carol, were baptized together. And as for Hailey’s 2019 marriage to Bieber, her father, Stephen Baldwin, said before the religious affair: âAs Christians and as believers, they understand that if you don’t have the Spirit of God at work in your marriage, then it becomes more and more difficult to make it work, to have peace and find happiness.
Last year, Billy posted on Instagram that his and Chynna’s 17-year-old son Vance were quietly battling cancer and had undergone 28 rounds of chemotherapy. Luckily, he’s back to school, playing basketball, and cancer free. Phillips says she never said “Why me?” or “Why my son? But instead relied on her faith to help her through the ordeal.
She admits that being an outspoken Christian in Hollywood comes with “a little bit of stigma.” People automatically assume that you are a fundamentalist. It’s unfortunate because I love everyoneâ¦ I believe that the power of love overcomes all evil.