Pop singing sensation Justin Bieber has canceled the remainder of his “Purpose” world tour this week, which led to speculation the 23-year-old may be starting his own church.
On Australia’s “Today Extra,” reporter Richard Wilkins said Bieber has experienced a spiritual reawakening of his Christian faith.
“I am led to believe that the real reason he’s come off the road is because he wants to reconnect with his faith, and may be even planning to start his own church,” Wilkins said Monday. “Whether he’s looking at teaming up with [Hillsong] … or starting his own church, we’re not quite sure. … That’s the word from an inside source.”
Hillsong is a network of churches with which Bieber has been known to be associated. The organization further prompted speculation Bieber canceled his tour for this cause after it apologized, saying the singer had “rededicated his life to Christ.”
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) July 25, 2017
Bieber has a reportedly “intense” relationship with Hillsong’s New York pastor Carl Lentz, but other sources have said the decision to cancel the tour came from within.
“The church didn’t tell Justin to cancel the tour. He made his decision based on spiritual soul-searching and his own view of the path in life he should be taking,” said the source.
Bieber outrightly denied claims he canceled the tour because of his faith, offering only that it was “due to unforeseen circumstances” and that he plans to “get some relaxation.”
Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, gave fans an earnest apology via Instagram.
“To those that won’t be able to see him, on behalf of myself, Justin, and the team, we are sorry,” Braun wrote. “That was never our intent. But a man’s soul and well being I truly care about came first and we must all respect and honor that.”
When approached by TMZ, the pop star said he is tired from 2 years on the road.
An incredible run. Congrats to @justinbieber on an incredible tour and thank you to the entire cast and crew for your unending support. Chris and Nick thank you. AEG thank you. Caa thank you. UMG thank you. @sb_projects Team thank you. To the promoters who believed around the world thank you. To the fans from all over the world who took part over the last 16 months over 6 continents thank you. To Justin who gave it his all night after night thank you. And to those that won’t be able to see it… on behalf of myself, Justin, and the team, we are sorry. That was never our intent. But a man’s soul and well being I truly care about came first and We must all respect and honor that. Justin will be back and I know he looks forward to performing for you and with you all again. One chapter ends and another begins. Thank you again. Now please stop commenting on all my other photos that have nothing to do with this 🙂 just kidding….but I’m not 😂. Jokes aside your support for Justin is inspiring. Cheers.
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