Justin Bieber cancelled the remainder of his 'Purpose' world tour earlier this week due to unforeseen circumstances. However, a video interview with TMZ filmed shortly after the announcement provides a bit more context surrounding his decision.
"Everything's fine," Bieber stated. "I've been on tour for two years. ... Just resting and getting some relaxation. I'm gonna ride some bikes."
A new report from TMZ suggests an even more specific reason for the tour’s cancellation - religion. He’s recently been spending a lot of time at Hillsong Church, where fellow churchgoers have apparently said Bieber has "rededicated his life to Christ." He has also been spending a lot of time with Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz, recently accompanying him to a church event in Australia.
According to the original statement from Bieber’s representative, “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 other music news, check out the full list of MTV VMA 2017 nominations right here.