Justin Bieber has denied he cancelled the remaining dates of his world tour due to religious reasons.
The Canadian singer was brought up as a committed Christian by his mother Pattie and still attends Hillsong Church in Los Angeles, even though he has had a number of run-ins with the law in recent years.
Following the shock announcement Justin was cancelling 14 tour dates on Monday (24Jul17), a report from Australia Today suggested the popstar made the decision to can the concerts as he wanted to devote himself to religion, with a source suggesting he may even start his own church.
However, when interviewed by a cameraman from TMZ.com, the 23-year-old dismissed the idea, simply saying, "No" when questioned over the report.
Last month (Jun17), the Sorry singer praised God extensively when performing at a charity concert held in Manchester, England to raise funds for the victims of the terror attack at Ariana Grande's concert in the city.
"God is good in the midst of the darkness," he said on stage. "God is good in the midst of the evil. God is in the midst, no matter what is happening in the world, God is in the midst and he loves you and he is here for you."
After confirming he wouldn't be playing planned gigs in North America, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines, Justin apologised to fans.
His manager Scooter Braun later released a statement about the cancellation of the gigs, calling on fans to "respect" the decision.
"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," he said.