Bieber recently attended the Hillsong conference in Sydney. Channel Nine entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins claimed this might have inspired the singer.
“I am led to believe that the real reason he’s come off the road is because he wants to reconnect with his faith and maybe even planning to start his own Church,” Wilkins said on Today Extra.
Bieber’s decision to pull out brought support, including from American singer-songwriter John Mayer.
Mayer gave Bieber credit for looking after his mental health.
“When someone pulls remaining dates of a tour, it means they would have done real damage to themselves if they kept going. We’ve lost so many great artists lately. I give Justin (two thumbs up) for realising it was time to call it,” Mayer tweeted.
Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, also apologised but said the Canadian-born Bieber’s “soul and wellbeing” are the top priority.
Braun said in an Instagram posting late on Monday that Bieber “gave it all night after night.” “On behalf of myself, Justin, and the team, we are sorry. That was never our intent. But a man’s soul and wellbeing I truly care about came first and we must all respect and honour that,” Braun added.
Bieber, who has had several run-ins with the law after shedding his clean-cut teen image, was banned last week from performing in China for what authorities there called his bad behaviour.