Australia's Got Talent judge Nicole Scherzinger weighs in on Israel Folau's anti-gay controversy

Australia's Got Talent judge Nicole Scherzinger weighs in on Israel Folau's anti-gay controversy


‘God is love. It’s about love and accepting’: Australia’s Got Talent judge and devout Christian Nicole Scherzinger weighs in on footballer Israel Folau’s anti-gay controversy

Nicole Scherzinger has weighed in on Israel Folau’s anti-gay controversy, saying the footballer’s beliefs do not represent her religion. 

The Australia’s Got Talent judge, who is a devout Christian and granddaughter of a Catholic bishop, told The Daily Telegraph on Monday that ‘God is love’. 

The 41-year-old said to the paper: ‘In my beliefs and in my teaching as who am I, and even the teachings of Jesus Christ, he who does not sin may cast the first stone – and no one can.’

'God is love': Australia's Got Talent judge and devout Christian Nicole Scherzinger (pictured) weighed in on footballer Israel Folau's anti-gay controversy on Monday

‘God is love’: Australia’s Got Talent judge and devout Christian Nicole Scherzinger (pictured) weighed in on footballer Israel Folau’s anti-gay controversy on Monday 

The Pussycat Dolls singer added that she believed that religion should promote acceptance. 

She added: ‘So it’s not for me to judge anyone else. And also, in the end, God is love. It’s about love and accepting. That [Folau’s posts] is not generating that.’

Sacked Wallabies star Folau is a fundamentalist Pentecostal Christian, and was fired in May for posting on social media that ‘homosexuals’ needed to repent for their sins to avoid going to Hell. 

Nicole, who the granddaughter of a Catholic bishop, told The Daily Telegraph: 'In my beliefs and in my teaching as who am I, and even the teachings of Jesus Christ, he who does not sin may cast the first stone - and no one can'

Nicole, who the granddaughter of a Catholic bishop, told The Daily Telegraph: ‘In my beliefs and in my teaching as who am I, and even the teachings of Jesus Christ, he who does not sin may cast the first stone – and no one can’

She added: 'So it's not for me to judge anyone else. And also, in the end, God is love. It's about love and accepting. That [Folau's posts] is not generating that'

She added: ‘So it’s not for me to judge anyone else. And also, in the end, God is love. It’s about love and accepting. That [Folau’s posts] is not generating that’

The 30-year-old has hosted a series of controversial church sermons in Sydney since his multi-million dollar contract was torn up in April.

In early June, Folau took aim at transgender children while delivering his sermon.

He has been battling with Rugby Australia in the past few weeks, claiming that his sacking was illegal and demanding $10million in damages.

Folau’s supporters have donated more than $2million to fund his legal fees via a campaign set up by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL).

Issues: Sacked Wallabies star Israel Folau (pictured) is a fundamentalist Pentecostal Christian, and was fired in May for posting on social media that 'homosexuals' needed to repent for their sins to avoid going to Hell

Issues: Sacked Wallabies star Israel Folau (pictured) is a fundamentalist Pentecostal Christian, and was fired in May for posting on social media that ‘homosexuals’ needed to repent for their sins to avoid going to Hell

Battle: He has been battling with Rugby Australia in the past few weeks, claiming that his sacking was illegal and demanding $10million in damages

Battle: He has been battling with Rugby Australia in the past few weeks, claiming that his sacking was illegal and demanding $10million in damages

The ACL effort replaced an earlier campaign on GoFundMe that was taken down by the platform for breaching its service guidelines.   

On Monday, Folau shut down his Twitter and Instagram accounts on the eve of his legal battle with Rugby Australia. 

Folau deleted both his Twitter and Instagram accounts, which had both carried a controversial message from the Bible, as he prepared to fight Rugby Australia in the Federal Circuit Court.  

However within hours, Folau’s Instagram and Twitter pages were back up and running. 

Busy: The 30-year-old has hosted a series of controversial church sermons in Sydney since his multi-million dollar contract was torn up in April

Busy: The 30-year-old has hosted a series of controversial church sermons in Sydney since his multi-million dollar contract was torn up in April

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