Justin Bieber just gave his fans a very unsettling Christmas surprise — the pop star announced retirement in a tweet. The announcement comes a week after Bieber told Los Angeles radio station Power 106 he’s planning to retire after the next album.
“After the new album, I’m actually retiring man,” he said at the time.
Bieber followed up today’s tweet with a couple of others that indicate he might not be retiring for good, claiming he would “never leave” his fans.
The singer leaves a lot of questions unanswered, though. In a very recent tweet, he claims he’s going to “surprise a lot of people this week,” followed with a #BelieveMovie hashtag. Could all this be a promo for Bieber’s Believe movie, opening on Christmas day, or is the talk of retirement real? We’ll likely find out in the following days.
My beloved beliebers I’m officially retiring
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) December 25, 2013
The theme of Bieber’s retirement popped up — and was dismissed — last week, when the singer told radio station Power 106 FM that his next album would be his last. “The new album… I’m actually retiring,” he said. “I’m just gonna take some time. I think I’m probably going to quit music.” Scooter Braun, his longtime manager, quickly defused the bomb saying that Bieber was “just kidding” and was “taking a break just to make music and relax, take some time for himself for the first time since he was 12.”
Whether Bieber will actually hang up his mic for good, only time will tell. But the timing of his announcement will undoubtedly give the singer a bit of extra publicity, just in time for the release of his new movie, “Believe,” which opened worldwide on Christmas Day.