Not very long after an allegedly exhausted Justin Bieber announced he was bailing on his Purpose World Tour earlier than planned, a rumor started floating around that he quit his tour to start his own church. You probably shouldn’t expect a big televised announcement about the opening of The Church of the Blessed Beliebers just yet (complete with Justin being lowered from above in a white suit and crystal angel wings).
TMZ says Justin ran into some paps while having lunch in Beverly Hills yesterday, and he was asked if he quit his tour (and subsequently pissed off his tour crew) for religious reasons. Justin responded with a full face of NO: shaking his head no, squishing up his face. Justin recoiled with such disgust, it was as if someone had asked him to do a meet and greet with his fans. He followed that up by saying: “You already know the reason,” which is supposedly that he’s tired and wants to relax.
So according to Justin, the big guy upstairs isn’t the reason why he quit his tour. However, TMZ seems to think it might have something to do with the big guy down here on earth, which would be Justin’s buff pastor buddy Carl Lentz.
too inarticulate to tweet atm but i'd just like to say: justin bieber's pastor
that is all pic.twitter.com/eNJ4oc3FB0
— emo garland (@emmaggarland) July 26, 2017
Pastor Carl is the leader of Hillsong Church, which is Justin’s preferred brand of Christianity. Multiple sources tell TMZ that Justin’s decision to quit his tour was made after several “endless” conversations with Pastor Dick Muscles up there. The sources say Pastor Carl didn’t advise Justin to quit; he came to that on his own after some “spiritual soul-searching.” But they do say Justin and Pastor Carl have an “intense” relationship, and that Pastor Carl has a major influence in all of Justin’s life decisions.
The sources go on to say that they’re unsure if Justin cancelling his tour is a one-time thing, or if he’s stepping away from music for good to focus his energy in the church. One source claims Justin is “becoming the Tom Cruise of that church.” There’s so much accidental shade in that sentence I don’t even know where to begin. Actually, I’ll go with the easiest one and say that if Justin is the Tom Cruise, then I guess that makes Pastor Carl is his David Miscavige? Let’s see…
Yep, checks out.