London: Teen sensation Justin Bieber says he privately prays to God.

The 17-year-old pop superstar, who is a Christian and believer of a higher power guiding everyone's lives, said he doesn't go to church to affirm his faith, as reported.

"A lot of people who are religious, I think they get lost. They go to church just to go to church. I'm not trying to disrespect them... but for me, I focus more on praying and talking to him. I don't have to go to church," he said.

The 'Baby' hitmaker recently got a tattoo of Jesus Christ's face on his left calf and showed it off during a trip to a Los Angeles beach.

Bieber, who is dating 19-year-old star Selena Gomez, also complained that as he has got more successful and famous he has become an easy target for people.

"Now that I'm on top, everyone wants to bring me down... Everyone's trying to tug at me and take my spot. Like Floyd Mayweather, he's the best boxer in the world. Now he is a champion. Every time he goes to a fight now, people are like, 'He's going to lose this time'," he added.