Justin Beiber fans across the globe were disappointed when the singer cancelled the remainder of his world tour. Now, sources say that his growing re-dedication to religion was one of the driving factors behind the decision.
TMZ has sources saying that the "Sorry" singer has "rededicated his life to Christ" and is looking to get more involved in church life.
Bieber was raised Christian and has recorded religious songs before, such as "Pray" and "Silent Night" on his Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe. However, his connection to the Hillsong Church in Australia has strengthened to the point were he has been "virtually joined at the hip with Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz" in recent months.
These reports were backed up by Australian TV personality Richard Wilkins, whose sources tell him that not only does Bieber want to focus on faith, but he is also considering starting a 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," Wilkins said. "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."
Bieber announced the cancellation on Monday, with no reason given aside from "unforeseen circumstances."
"Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber will cancel the remainder of the Purpose World Tour concerts," read the statement, which was posted on Bieber's Facebook page. "Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them. He thanks his fans for the incredible experience of the Purpose World Tour over the last 18 months."