Earlier this week, Justin Bieber upset his fans when he cancelled the last 14 dates of his ‘Purpose’ world tour, calling off scheduled performances in North America, Japan, Singapore and the Philippines.
The 23-year-old star cited “unforeseen circumstances” for the cancellation, with it later being speculated that Justin was suffering from exhaustion.
However, sources close to Hillsong Church, where Justin has frequented in the last two years, later claimed to TMZ that he cancelled the tour after “redirecting his life to Christ”.
TMZ then reported that the singer believed that he has had a “religious enlightening” encouraging him to cancel the tour for the sake of his health.
Justin has now denied claims that religion, including reports that he planned to set up his own church, had anything to do with his decision.
TMZ have reported that the star seemed “perplexed at the suggestion”, with Justin telling their reporter: “No [it’s no about religion].
“You already know the reason.”
Hillsong Church pastor, Carl Lentz, had previously spoken out to praise Justin, insisting that the star uses his faith in God to guide him in life.
He said at the time: “We don’t pay him to attend [church]. He comes on his own.
“I think that Justin is a good Christian. I don’t think his problems are behind him, but we all have to deal with other stuff to come. His relationship with Jesus is changing his life daily.”
Tickets to Justin’s cancelled dates will be fully refunded, with a statement on the star’s website saying: “After careful consideration [Justin] has decided he will not be performing any further dates.”