Justin Bieber Makes His Retirement "Official"

The pop star claims he is finished with music -- even though he just released a digital album full of new songs

Justin Bieber is definitely retiring -- unless he's not. In a confusing series of Christmas Eve Twitter messages, the 19-year-old pop star confirmed that he is "officially retiring," while assuring fans that he will be "HERE FOREVER" and "never leave" them. So which is it? Read the tweets here and decide for yourself!

 

 



Bieber began floating the idea of retirement last week, while promoting his new documentary Believe. During appearances on a radio show and the red carpet, Bieber announced that he was done with music in 2014. When asked if he was joking, he responded, "I don't know." His Christmas Eve revelations do little to clear things up.

If Bieber is actually retiring on the eve of his 20th birthday, he's doing his best to go out with a bang. On Monday, he released the digital album Complete My Journals, which collects his 10 "Music Mondays" singles and adds five new tracks. Critics agree that the album shows Bieber attempting a more adult sound, though they're divided as to whether he succeeds. (Here's a good review, a bad one, and a middling one.)

And then there's the Believe documentary, released on Christmas Day. Bieber's earlier doc, Never Say Never, helped establish Justin as something more than a flash-in-the-pan teen sensation. He's hoping this one will accomplish a similar feat: redeeming him for a year of artistic disappointments, immature outbursts and serious publicity fails. The film purports to take an honest look at his life and character, and paint a picture of how tough it is to be Justin Bieber. Director Jon M. Chu even tweeted his hopes that the film would "convert the haters." Judging from Twitter, it's working on fans. But will the larger public be convinced?



We still believe that taking time off would be a smart move for Bieber, both professionally and personally. Everyone's arguing about whether his retirement is a publicity stunt, but who cares if it is? Right now we're sick of his reading about his shenanigans. If his retirement makes us miss him, that's the best publicity money can't buy.

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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