Justin Bieber Tweets ‘I’m Officially Retiring’ on Eve of Movie Release

Did somebody spike the eggnog too heavily? The singer cites the media as reason for his split career decision, but vows to never leave his Beliebers

“Believe” it or not, pop phenom Justin Bieber“>Justin Bieber is supposedly retiring. At least that’s what Bieber claimed via his Twitter account late Tuesday night.

“My beloved beliebers I’m officially retiring,” the singer tweeted.

Tuesday night happens to be Christmas eve/”>Eve. It also happens to be the eve of his theatrical release, “Justin Bieber“>Justin Bieber‘s Believe,” and it was the day after his new collection album, “Journals,” was released on iTunes. Bizarre night for the 19-year-old to choose to announce his retirement.

At the time of this writing, the tweet had more than 100,000 retweets and 80,000 favorites.

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Forty-two minutes later, Bieber blamed the media for his apparent career-ending decision: “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.”

Then he said something about forgiveness and God.

Last week, the “Boyfriend” singer told radio station Power 106 that his album, “Journals” (which was released Monday), would be his last, and that he planned to retire after. Later, Bieber’s reps claimed he was just joking, but suggested that the pop star take some time off after the movie release.

Justin Bieber“>Justin Bieber‘s Believe” hits theaters Wednesday, Christmas Day.

Here’s the calling-it-quits tweet, and its follow-ups: