Justin Bieber's pastor defends himself

Justin Bieber's pastor has denied he was responsible for the cancellation of the 'Purpose World Tour'.

Singer Justin Bieber. Picture: Instagram

LOS ANGELES - Justin Bieber's pastor has denied he was responsible for the cancellation of the _Purpose World Tour _and has admitted the singer made his "own calls" and decisions about his actions.

The 23-year-old singer cancelled the remaining gigs in July this year, because he reportedly wanted to "rededicate his life to Christ", but the _Sorry _hitmaker's mentor, Carl Lentz, insists he has nothing to do with Justin's decision to axe the remaining concerts because the star makes "his own calls".

Speaking on _The Breakfast Club _about the situation, the religious figure said: "People who speculate like that don't have any context of what it means to have a pastor or a friend and Justin made his own calls."

And Lentz has admitted it is it "not [his] role" to tell people what to do, but to simply offer his support in any situation they are faced with.

He explained: "He made his own decisions. It's not my role to tell this boy, this man really, man of god, what to do. He's going to do what he's going to do and I'm going to sit there and say, 'I'm with you.' If he asks for advice, I would give it. But that's not my primary role."

And Lentz has revealed he never would have forced Justin to scrap the end of his tour because he wouldn't want Justin's fans to be "mad" at him.

He added: "Why would I have a hand in him cancelling his tour? Why would I want Beliebers mad at me?"

Bieber took to social media in August to speak out about his decision, in which he admitted he wanted to have a "sustainable" career and needed the time out to focus on his priorities.

Speaking at the time, the Canadian hunk wrote: "Learning and growing hasn't always been easy but knowing I'm not alone has kept me going. I have let my insecurities get the best of me at times, I let my broken relationships dictate the way I acted toward people and the way I treated them. I let bitterness, jealousy and fear run my life.

"What I'm not gonna do is be ashamed of my mistakes. I wanna be a man that learns from them and grows from them... 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.

"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'm coming from.(sic)."