The young Canadian star sent a series of confusing tweets on Christmas Eve.
Teenage pop star Justin Bieber sent out a series of mixed messages over his Twitter feed on Tuesday night, one of which said he was retiring, on the eve of the Christmas Day release of the latest film chronicling the life of the Canadian singer.
The tweet to the 19-year-old’s nearly 48 million followers – “My beloved beliebers I’m officially retiring” – was quickly followed by another message: “I’m never leaving you, being a belieber is a lifestyle.”
And then: “IM HERE FOREVER.”
Representatives for Bieber did not immediately respond to a request for clarification. The Canadian singer has been involved in a series of headline-grabbing incidents over the past year. In March, the singer scuffled with a photographer outside a London hotel during a European tour. Later that month, police were called to his Los Angeles area home after a neighbour claimed he had been threatened and struck by Bieber.
In June, Bieber struck a photographer with his Ferrari sports car while driving away from a comedy club in Los Angeles, though police said the accident was not considered a hit-and-run.
The movie, Justin Bieber’s Believe, which takes the name of Bieber’s third studio album, could help repair his image after the difficult year. “I think people forget that it’s a 19-year-old kid, trying to figure it out,” Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, told ABC News, adding the film shows Bieber as “a human”.
At one point in the film, director Jon Chu suggests Bieber’s life could become a “train wreck”. The “retirement” message went out on the night of Christmas Eve and by the following morning had nearly a quarter million retweets and over 185,000 favourites.
Twitter user @theycallmejerry tweeted: “A life without Justin Bieber. A life without my idol, hero, inspiration, my everything. Not the best thing to think about on Christmas Eve.” On the other end of the spectrum, Twitter user CozImAGuy said, “Justin Bieber retiring is the greatest Christmas gift EVER.” — Reuters
Justin Bieber's Career Milestones
1. Bieber, who started posting his videos on YouTube at the age of 12, was discovered by talent manager Scooter Braun in 2008. The singer released an EP My World in November 2009, which sold millions all over the world (it was certified platinum in the US). It even made it on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making Bieber the first young Canadian artiste to have an EP on the charts.
2. His debut full-length studio album, My World 2.0, was released in March 2010 and was again certified platinum in the US. He won his first major award – Artiste of the Year – at the 2010 American Music Awards.
3. Bieber released his second studio album Under The Mistletoe (a Christmas album, obviously) in November 2011; it debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. He also had a movie that same year – Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – which came out in February.4. Bieber's third studio album Believe came out on June 19, 2012. It became his fourth chart-topping album (US). He was nominated for Best New Artiste and Best Pop Vocal Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards and named the third most powerful celebrity in the world in 2012 by Forbes magazine. By May that year, Bieber had sold 15 million albums worldwide.
5. Bieber, the second most followed artiste on Twitter with over 47 million followers (Katy Perry has more than 48 million), releases his second movie Justin Bieber's Believe on Christmas 2013. — compiled by Wee Shu Ern