After Justin Bieber announced the cancellation of the rest of his Purpose tour earlier this week, rumours began circulating on the Internet that the singer ended the tour because he’s “rededicated his life to Christ.”
Bieber reportedly recently met with Los Angeles’ Hillsong Church pastor Carl Lentz, which led to the speculation. Sources close with the church allegedly told TMZ: “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.”
But on Tuesday, the “Sorry” singer publicly denied religion played a role in him abruptly pulling the plug on the tour with only 14 shows remaining.
When ET Canada reached out to Hillsong Church for a comment they denied having any responsibility for the tour cancellation.
“The recent announcement by Justin Bieber about his tour does not involve Hillsong Church. Questions should be directed to his management. We wish Justin the best for his future,” the church said in the statement.
The 23-year-old said “no” when he was asked by a TMZ paparazzo if he cancelled the tour due to religious reasons. He cited that he just needed to rest after two years on the road.