R&b Singer Miguel Helped His Mum Preach Religion Years Before Finding Fame With His Sensual, Raunchy Music.
The Adorn star, who is known for his risque song lyrics, admits he was far from a confident pin-up when he was in school as he grew up with a strict and religious mother who prevented him from having a social life so he would avoid temptation.
He would spent most of his week going to church and studying the Bible, and his mum hoped he would continue preaching as his job.
"My mother was really into her religion, and I was, too, to be honest with you," Miguel tells Britain's Weekend magazine. "But at the same time I was torn, because as a kid you want to do things. And my mom was very keen on keeping me away from temptation. I was not a part of the social scene in high school. I wasn't going to parties, I wasn't drinking, I wasn't smoking, I definitely wasn't smoking weed, I wasn't having sex. Late bloomer. Really late bloomer."
He admits they went to church on "Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, for church or Bible studies," and his mother had wanted him to pursue their religion rather than music.
He adds, "She wanted the church to be my primary focus. Preaching," and when asked if he did preach, Miguel replies, "Yeah, I suppose so... She was a preacher, too - it was a part of our practice... I was (a good preacher), yes. I believed in it."
However, once he moved to college, he started drinking, taking drugs and womanising, and stopping going to church, but he insists he is still religious, saying, "It was like living a double life. I was doing a lot of things I'm not supposed to be doing, that are viewed by the Bible as immoral. So I decided, if I was going to do that, I wasn't going to pretend to be something that I'm not... I'm still very much in touch with my spirituality. I never gave up on God. I just found my own way."
The R&B star refuses to name which religion he follows, saying, "I'm not going to tell you, no. I don't think the denomination makes any difference - it's more the practice. I only say that because I respect her and the religion so much."