Justin Bieber has canceled the remaining dates on his world tour.
This much we know for certain.
But one question continues to hang over the artist after he made this announcement late last month: WHY?!?!?!?!?
Are the rumors true? Has Bieber really undergone a spiritual awakening as a result of a close bond with some pastor named Carl Lentz?
Might he even give up music entirely in order to focus on religion?
The singer shared a lengthy Instagram message on Wednesday night that sought to clear up confusion around his recent decision and recent actions.
But did he really accomplish his goal? Or did he raise the eyebrows of followers around the globe with a bunch of rambling nonsense?
“I’m so grateful for this journey with all of you,” Bieber wrote to open his social media post, adding:
“I’m grateful for the tours but most of all I am grateful I get to go through this life WITH YOU! Learning and growing hasn’t always been easy but knowing I’m not alone has kept me going.”
Okay, sure. Whatever. Nice sentiment, Biebs.
“I have let my insecurities get the best of me at times,” he continued.
“I let my broken relationships dictate the way I acted towards people and the way I treated them! I let bitterness, jealousy and fear run my life!!!”
We aren’t sure what Justin is referring to here.
But it sounds profound.
The star then went on to seemingly address chatter concerning his relationship with Lentz’s and Lentz’s controversial church.
“I am extremely blessed to have people in the past few years help me build my character back up reminding me of who I am and who I want to be!!!
“My past decisions and past relationships won’t dictate my future decisions and my future relationships. I’m VERY aware I’m never gonna be perfect, and I’m gonna keep making mistakes.
“I wanna be a man that learns from them and grows from them!! I want you all to know this tour has been unbelievable and has taught me so much about myself.
“I am reminded of how blessed I am to have a voice in this world. I’ve learned the more you appreciate your calling the more you want to protect your calling.”
Is Bieber talking about his singing career? Is that his “calling?”
Or might he be talking about a far bigger purpose? This is the sort of language folks use when discussing a Higher Power.
Still, Justin makes a point of emphasizing that he isn’t through with music. He just has a lot to work on before hitting the road again… and/or before having any children.
“Me taking this time right now is me saying I want to be SUSTAINABLE.
“I want my career to be sustainable, but I also want my mind heart and soul to be sustainable so that I can be the man I want to be, the husband I eventually want to be and the father I want to be.”
The Instagram entry, which reads like a plea for understanding, concluded as follows:
This message is just an opportunity for you to know my heart, I’m not expecting anyone to understand, but I do want people to have an opportunity to know where I am coming from!.
THIS MESSAGE IS VERY GRAMMATICALLY INCORRECT BUT ITS FROM THE HEART.
BUT I THINK THERES SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT IMPERFECTIONS!
So there you have it, Beliebers.
What do you think?
Has Bieber once again saved himself from ridicule and from losing many fans by mentioning his gratitude a number of times and by trying to sound all deep and meaningful?
Or has he mistreated his supporters too many times at this point and you’re simply done with him?