It’s official, Justin Bieber is retiring, or so he claimed. A week after saying that he has plans to retire after dropping his new album, the 19-year-old Canadian tween heartthrob has made his words official by announcing the news on his Twitter account.
“After the new album, I’m actually returning. I’m retiring,” he told the Los Angeles hip-hop radio station show “Big Boy’s Neighbourhood.”
His album, “Journals,” hit the iTunes on December 23.
His shocking statement frightened his Beliebers (or what his fans call themselves), with several news sites doubting that he actually meant to stop recording music as he is still a very marketable commodity in the industry.
Sources told the New York Daily News that Justin was merely joking when he said that, which wasn’t a farfetched idea since he added in the same interview, “I want to grow as an artist and I’m taking a step out. I want my music to mature.”
But on Christmas, he has made the news official in a single tweet.
Beliebers don’t need to panic, though, because it appears that Justin’s meaning of retirement doesn’t include staying away from the public eye. He followed his tweet with a couple of others that seem to contradict his announcement.
So instead of clearing up the retirement issue, he has actually more questions unanswered. What is he retiring from? Is he quitting the entertainment industry completely? Or just the music side of it? Or was that just a promo for his “Believe” movie, which opens in the U.S. on Christmas day? After all, he also tweeted that he has a surprise for everyone this week.
Whatever the popstar is cooking up, it’s unlikely going to involve him disappearing completely from the limelight. In the meantime, he has a movie and an album to sell.
“Believe” the movie is set to hit theatres in Australia on January 24.
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