For the second time this week, Canadian pop musician Justin Bieber has said he’s calling it quits, but it remains to be seen whether he is serious about retirement.
On Christmas Eve, 19-year old Bieber tweeted to his 48-million followers that he is “officially retiring.”
My beloved beliebers I’m officially retiring
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) December 25, 2013
Within hours, he sent out another tweet, saying “The media talks a lot about me. They make a up a lot of lies and want me to fail but I’m never leaving you, being a belieber is a lifestyle.”
The media talks a lot about me.They make a up a lot of lies and want me to fail but I’m never leaving you, being a belieber is a lifestyle. — Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) December 25, 2013
“Be kind loving to each other, forgive each other as god forgave us through Christ Merry Christmas IM HERE FOREVER,” added Bieber.
Be kind loving to each other, forgive each other as god forgave us through Christ Merry Christmas IM HERE FOREVER — Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) December 25, 2013
Some have speculated that this could be a ploy to promote his Justin Bieber’s Believe biographic film which was released today on Christmas. Others argue he might take a year-long break, which follows on his first hint that he would be ‘retiring’ during last week’s on-air radio interview with Los Angeles radio station Power 106.
Following the tweet, both ‘Beliebers’ and ‘non-Beliebers’ have taken up to Twitter in a firestorm. Many fans began to submit photos of cuts on their arms, to the point that #cutforbieber began to trend in Canada, while others saw it as Bieber’s attempt to upstage the birthday of Jesus Christ.
I don’t understand why justin bieber is trying to take attention away Jesus’ birth
— Ryanne Braun (@RayBaby817) December 25, 2013
Bieber’s highly successful career began in 2008 after talent manager Scooter Braun clicked on one of his YouTube videos by accident. A click which has made him upwards of $200 Million dollars according to his Justin Bieber Net Worth page. Over the past year, he has had a run with negative media attention following controversies that include fighting with a paparazzo and abandoning his monkey in Germany.
He was late for numerous concerts, most notably being two hours late for his London O2 Arena performance. He also fainted during another concert, leading some to suggest that he has been overworked.
Earlier in the year, Canadian singer Jaan Arden publicly recommended that Bieber take a ‘long break.’
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