Justin Bieber stunned fans on Monday when he announced that with 14 dates remaining, the Canadian singer would be cancelling his Purpose World Tour.
Following the release of his 2015 album Purpose, Bieber embarked on a global tour that included 154 concerts, with many dates sold out. On Monday, Bieber’s camp released a vague message about the cancellation, saying “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.”
While Bieber remained quiet about the cancellation, his manager Scooter Braun attempted to shed some light on the situation, apologizing on behalf of Bieber and the team and saying the 23-year-old singer will be back on stage in the future.
An incredible run. Congrats to @justinbieber on an incredible tour and thank you to the entire cast and crew for your unending support. Chris and Nick thank you. AEG thank you. Caa thank you. UMG thank you. @sb_projects Team thank you. To the promoters who believed around the world thank you. To the fans from all over the world who took part over the last 16 months over 6 continents thank you. To Justin who gave it his all night after night thank you. And to those that won’t be able to see it… 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. Justin will be back and I know he looks forward to performing for you and with you all again. One chapter ends and another begins. Thank you again. Now please stop commenting on all my other photos that have nothing to do with this 🙂 just kidding….but I’m not 😂. Jokes aside your support for Justin is inspiring. Cheers.
With few details for the cause of the cancellation given by Bieber or Braun, speculation began to point to the Biebs starting…a church. Cue the Belieber jokes.
Richard Wilkins, a TV presenter on Australia’s Today Extra, told viewers this week that a source close to Bieber revealed the pop star cancelled the remaining dates of his tour to focus on starting his own church. “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,” said Wilkins on air this week.
Following Wilkins’ on-air claims, TMZ reported that they too had been informed that Bieber had cancelled the remainder of his tour because of his religion. The paparazzi-led site claimed that Hillsong leader Carl Lentz, who is the leader of the hip Christian church group, is spending more time with Bieber and influencing the pop star’s decisions. According to a source, TMZ said that Bieber is on his way to becoming the ‘Tom Cruise’ of the religion. Well, now we’re getting nervous.
Thankfully, it looks like the real reason Bieber cancelled the Purpose World Tour was for a less couch-jumping reason. Sources close to the star are saying the 18-month tour has taken its toll on the young singer, with Bieber exhausted and in need of a mental and physical rest.
One person commending Bieber for cancelling his tour is fellow musician John Mayer. Writing on his Twitter account, Mayer praises Bieber for making the decision to put his health first, citing the recent string of painful losses in the music industry, including the suicides of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington.
When someone pulls remaining dates of a tour, it means they would have done real damage to themselves if they kept going. 1/2
— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) July 24, 2017
We’ve lost so many great artists lately. I give Justin 👍🏼👍🏼 for realizing it was time to call it. You should too. 2/2
— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) July 24, 2017
We hope that Justin is taking some time off from his grueling schedule to get some much needed rest and relaxation, although we do think the music at the Church of Bieber would be amazing.