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‘We are not the reason’: The Hillsong Church slams rumours about Justin Bieber’s decision to cancel his Purpose world tour

 

The Hillsong Church has denied rumours that Justin Bieber cancelled the remainder of his world tour so that he could forge a deeper connection with the Christian denomination.

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia this Friday, a spokesperson for the Hillsong Church confirmed that that they had no involvement with Justin’s decision to cancel the remaining 14 dates of his Purpose world tour.

‘The recent announcement by Justin Bieber about his tour does not involve Hillsong Church,’ the spokesperson said.

Not us: It seems that Justin Bieber's claim that 'burnout' was the reason for the cancellation of his world tour might just be the case with a spokesperson for Hillsong Church confirming they were not behind the withdrawal

Not us: It seems that Justin Bieber’s claim that ‘burnout’ was the reason for the cancellation of his world tour might just be the case with a spokesperson for Hillsong Church confirming they were not behind the withdrawal

‘We wish Justin the best for his future.’

Meanwhile, Justin provided a vague response to the rumours surrounding his tour cancellation when quizzed by a TMZ paparazzo.

Offering a simple ‘no’ to the question, Justin seemed perturbed when pressed on the subject.

Moving on: Justin Bieber cancelled the remainder of his Purpose world tour because he 'wants to start his own church,' it has been claimed. Here he is seen in June in Monza 

Moving on: Justin Bieber cancelled the remainder of his Purpose world tour because he ‘wants to start his own church,’ it has been claimed. Here he is seen in June in Monza
Shock: Channel Nine's Richard Wilkins has claimed the reason Bieber cancelled his tour was that he wanted to 'reconnect with his faith' and possibly start his own church

‘You already know the reason,’ he shot back before disappearing inside a building.

Channel Nine entertainment guru Richard Wilkins claimed, on Tuesday, that the real reason Justin decided to step off the tour bus was that he wanted to ‘reconnect with his faith’ and possibly start his own church.

Appearing on Today Extra, Richard said that he had gleaned the ‘exclusive’ information from an inside, unnamed source.’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,’ Richard claimed on air.

Justin was in the country, earlier this month to attend the annual Hillsong Church conference in Sydney earlier this month and Richard hinted that the Love Yourself singer could be looking to make a more permanent connection with the church.

‘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,’ Richard said.

Belieber: '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,' Richard claimed on Today Extra; seen July 5

‘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,’ he added.

After making the announcement to cancel his remaining dates, Justin told TMZ that he was suffering a touch of burnout.

Justin, while visiting a beach in Santa Monica was asked by the outlet if he had a message for fans.

Pious pop star: '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,' he added

 ‘I love you guys, I think you guys are awesome,’ he said.

‘Sorry for anyone who feels disappointed or betrayed, it’s not in my heart [or] anything, and have a blessed day,’ he added.

In releasing an official statement Justin’s representatives said: ‘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.’

Burnout: In releasing an official statement Justin's representatives said: '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'