Justin Bieber surprised fans by abruptly nixing the remaining dates on his “Purpose World Tour.” Now, questions are being asked about his reasons for the cancellation.

Bieber has cited “unforeseen circumstances” in his official statement and he also claimed exhaustion influenced the decision. However, insiders say he was more influenced by religion, according to TMZ.

Sources from the Hillsong Church say that Bieber cut his tour short because he’s “rededicated his life to Christ.” The pop star has frequently been seen with Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz in recent months. They even attended a large church event in Australia recently. Still, insiders claim that Lentz did not influence the decision.

In a paparazzi interview, Bieber explained his reasons for cancelling the tour, while quieting concerns about the matter. “Everything is fine,” he said. “I’ve been on tour for two years. Just resting and getting some relaxation. We’re gonna ride some bikes.”

When asked about his message to fans, he responded: “I love you guys. I think you guys are awesome. Sorry for anybody who feels disappointed or betrayed. It’s not my heart or anything. Have a blessed day.”

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.

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But fans weren’t the only ones disappointed in Bieber’s cancellation. According to TMZ, more than 200 people are out of work due to the decision, with many of them upset and feeling blindsided by the situation.

Crew members reportedly don’t believe Bieber’s exhaustion claims, either. According to sources, the pop crooner recently had a month off in Laguna Beach and Los Angeles, where he apparently played sports and partied during his down time.

Shortly after his remaining “Purpose Tour” dates were scrapped, Bieber issued a statement through his camp. “Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber will cancel the remainder of the ‘Purpose World Tour’ concerts,” read the statement. “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.”

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