Bieber's 'I am retiring' tweet sends fans into a real tizzy
TEENAGE pop star Justin Bieber sent out a series of mixed messages over his Twitter feed on Tuesday night, one of which said he was retiring, on the eve of the Christmas Day release of the latest film chronicling the life of the Canadian singer.
The tweet to the 19-year-old's nearly 48 million followers - "My beloved beliebers I'm officially retiring" - was quickly followed by another message: "I'm never leaving you, being a belieber is a lifestyle." And then: "IM HERE FOREVER."
The "retirement" message went out on the night of Christmas Eve and by the following morning had nearly a quarter million re-tweets and over 185,000 favourites.
Twitter user @theycallmejerry tweeted: "A life without Justin Bieber. A life without my idol, hero, inspiration, my everything. Not the best thing to think about on Christmas Eve."
On the other end of the spectrum, Twitter user CozImAGuy said: "Justin Bieber retiring is the greatest Christmas gift EVER."
The Canadian singer has been involved in a series of headline-grabbing incidents over the past year.
In March, he scuffled with a photographer outside a London hotel during a European tour. Later that month, police were called to his Los Angeles area home after a neighbour claimed he had been threatened and struck by him.
In June, Bieber struck a photographer with his Ferrari sports car while driving away from a comedy club in Los Angeles.
The movie, Justin Bieber's Believe, which takes the name of his third studio album, could help repair his image after the difficult year. At one point in the film, director Jon Chu suggests Bieber's life could become a "train wreck".