Justin Bieber’s decision to cancel the 14 remaining dates on the long-running “Purpose World Tour” caught lots of people by surprise. The singer offered up excuses about exhaustion and getting some rest and relaxation, but that explanation has been called into question. Sources have been telling TMZ that Justin’s move is actually due to a “spiritual awakening” resulting from all the time he’s been spending with Hillsong Church pastor Carl Lentz.
One anonymous source told the publication Justin’s cancellation was because he’s “rededicated his life to Christ.” Another claimed that Justin “made his decision based on spiritual soul-searching and his own view of the path in life he should be taking.” One source claimed that Justin is “becoming the Tom Cruise of that church,” a reference to Tom’s role as the celebrity poster boy for the Church of Scientology.
But Justin claims none of it is true. The singer looked annoyed as paparazzi tried to get his attention outside of a Los Angeles restaurant recently. The pap was filming as he asked Justin if he cancelled his tour “due to religious reasons.” Justin answered with a curt “No.” When asked a follow-up question about the reason, Justin said, “You already know the reason,” alluding to his exhaustion explanation.
But another explanation for Justin’s abrupt end to the tour has surfaced. Whether or not the singer is trying to get right with God, there was something wrong with his ticket sales for the final shows. Billboard reports that only one of the 14 cancelled shows was sold out as Justin was returning to some of the stadiums for a second time this tour. The slow sales meant that AEG Presents, the promotion company behind the tour, didn’t try to fight Justin on the cancellations.
Watch Justin deny any religious motivation to his decision below, plus check out a gallery of some of his recent hang outs with Carl.
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