After 18 months of performing extensively on his Purpose World Tour, Justin Bieber has announced he’s cancelling all remaining shows, and rumours have been flying around as to why.
Biebs was recently spotted at Hillsong’s annual conference in Sydney (for the second time), where he was seen hanging with the church’s celebrity pastors Carl Lentz and Chad Veach; and his announcement to stop touring came soon after.
Australian journalist Rich Wilkins then sparked up some massive rumours, telling Today Extra that he’d been talking to sources close to Bieber at the conference, and that, “I am led to believe that the real reason he has come off the road is because he wants to reconnect with his faith and he may be even planning to start his own church.”
He added, “We know that he was in the country a few weeks ago having meetings and attending the big Hillsong convention that they had here. [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.”
To be fair though, after performing 150 shows, dude may just be needing a break. When asked about the rumours, Bieber told paparazzi as much.
TMZ reports the Biebs told their scouts, “Everything is fine, I’ve been on tour for two years.” He added that he was looking forward to “resting and relaxation” and said “I’m gonna ride some bikes.”
And when asked if he quit the tour for religious reasons he said bluntly, "No, no… Man, you already know the reason."
Either way, he’s been sharing snippets of his faith on Instagram, recently writing in a post, "Let the devil know NOT TODAY! The devil has no power when you know the LIVING God! His name is JESUS!! Why worry when you can worship."
UPDATE: Biebs has gone out of his way to reassure people that a Purpose-Driven Church ain't on the way - he's just taking some time out to get his head straight. Good on him.
Watch the video of Bieber goofing off with Veach and Lentz at Hillsong here: