UPDATED 9:11 p.m. ET: Justin Bieber insists religion played no part in his decision to cancel the remaining dates of his Purpose World Tour. While out in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, paparazzi questioned the 23-year-old singer about calling off the upcoming shows.
"Did you cancel the concert due to religious reasons?" a cameraman asks in a video posted by TMZ.
"No," Justin replied. "You already know the reasons."
So, that's that on that. You can check out the footage here.
Read the original story below.
Justin Bieber pulled the plug on his Purpose World Tour this week. In a statement provided to Complex, a rep for Bieber said the decision to end the tour was made after "careful consideration," and attributed to "unforeseen circumstances."
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. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.
In a video interview with TMZ recorded after the announcement, Bieber provided a little more context.
"Everything's fine," Bieber said. "I've been on tour for two years. ... Just resting and getting some relaxation. I'm gonna ride some bikes."
A report from TMZ cites a new reason for the tour's abrupt ending: religion. According to TMZ, Bieber has been spending a fair bit of time at Hillsong Church, and sources there say Bieber has "rededicated his life to Christ." His decision to end the tour, which had 14 dates remaining in the schedule, was allegedly based on what Bieber believes is "religious enlightenment." TMZ also reports that Bieber's tour support is "incredibly pissed off at him," due to the unexpected suspension of the tour and the subsequent financial impact on those who are now out of work.
Bieber had been on the road in support of his 2015 album Purpose for 18 months, for a run of more than 150 shows across six continents. Fellow musician John Mayer tweeted support of Bieber's decision on Monday, saying "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. You should too."