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At the tender age of 19, Justin Bieber has apparently had his fill of the music business.
Bieber tweeted to his 48 million plus followers, "My beloved beliebers I'm officially retiring," on Christmas Eve. The announcement was retweeted well over 200,000 times while the youngster continued with more posts.
"The media talks a lot about me," he wrote. "They make up a lot of lies and want me to fail but I'm never leaving you, being a belieber is a lifestyle."
He ended the confession session with a promise to be "here forever."
Ironically, the Canadian teen's tweets came just in time to promote his new movie, Justin Bieber's Believe, released on Wednesday (Dec. 25), and he spent much of the holiday retweeeting comments and mini-reviews from fans and friends about the documentary, which faced stiff competition from the likes of Anchorman 2, The Hobbit and the Martin Scorsese-directed flick The Wolf of Wall Street, which took first place with a $10 million Christmas Day gross.
Figures for Believe — his second documentary in two years — have yet to be released.
As far as retiring goes, the teen crooner may be too young to remember all of the recording artists who pulled the retirement card long before he snagged his first hit single. Among the list includes Jay Z, who famously proclaimed an end to his rap career a decade ago with The Black Album and accompanying documentary Fade to Black.
On the flip side, Bieber does seem adamant, saying during an interview last week with L.A.'s Power 106 that he was throwing in the towel.
Retirement may be the only way he can get some peace and quiet these days. The singer has had a tumultuous year, one that changed him from being revered to reviled, what with all the partying, fast driving, alleged weed smoking, urinating in a bucket and outbursts against the paparazzi.
We'll just have to wait and see how long his retirement actually lasts.
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