On Monday, Justin Bieber canceled the 14 remaining tour dates on his Purpose world tour in North America and Asia. Soon after, several speculations on the reason for the cancellation surfaced. One of which is that Bieber is allegedly planning to start his own church.
Channel Nine entertainment expert Richard Wilkins claimed that the real reason why Bieber abandoned his tour was that he wanted to “reconnect with his faith” and possibly to start his own church. Appearing on Today Extra (via Mail Online) on Tuesday, Wilkins said, “I am led to believe that the real reason he has come off the road is that he wants to reconnect with his faith and he may be even planning to start his own church.”
Justin Bieber was in Australia earlier this month to attend the annual Hillsong Church conference in Sydney. Wilkins said he spoke to sources close to Bieber at the conference. “[He’s] very close to a lot of the Hillsong people. Whether he’s looking at teaming up with them in something of a more permanent situation or doing some sort of religious activity on his own – starting his own church – we’re not quite sure, but that’s the word from an inside source,” he said.
Justin Bieber Apologized for Canceling Purpose Tour
On Bieber’s official website, his camp announced that he will no longer continue with the Purpose tour. The statement reads: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber will cancel the remainder of the Purpose World Tour concerts. Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them. He thanks his fans for the incredible experience of the Purpose World Tour over last 18 months.
“He is grateful and honored to have shared that experience with his cast and crew for over 150 successful shows across 6 continents during this run. However, after careful consideration, he has decided he will not be performing any further dates.”
His manager, Scooter Braun, also sent his regrets for the sudden cancellation of the singer’s tour. He said the Sorry hitmaker needs some rest after being on the road for two years and his “soul and well being” are their top priority. In an Instagram post, Braun said, “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.”
In a video shared by TMZ, the 2U singer sent his apology to his fans for abandoning his upcoming shows. “I love you guys, I think you guys are awesome. Sorry for anyone who feels disappointed or betrayed, it’s not in my heart [or] anything, and have a blessed day,” he said in the video. The 23-year-old singer has been on the road since March 2016.
Other Speculations of Justin Bieber’s Tour Cancellation
There were also rumors that the Love Yourself singer pulled the plug on the last leg of his Purpose tour after he got banned from performing in China. The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture barred the singer due to his reckless behavior while in China and elsewhere.
It can be recalled that in 2013, Bieber made headlines when some photos emerged online showing the singer being carried up the Great Wall of China by his bodyguards. A year later, he caused a minor diplomatic row when he posted photos of himself visiting the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.
This is not the first time Bieber was barred from performing in a country. The Argentina government previously banned Bieber for allegedly disrespecting the flag of the country twice. Though Bieber’s tour cancellation sparked disappointment among his fans, it also brought support from his fellow celebrities.
Singer John Mayer gave Justin Bieber credit for making his mental health a priority. “When someone pulls remaining dates of a tour, it means they would have done real damage to themselves if they kept going. We’ve lost so many great artists lately. I give Justin (two thumbs up) for realizing it was time to call it,” Mayer wrote on Twitter.