The tweet arrived like a Christmas present, tucked neatly away for anyone who happened to be on Twitter on Christmas Eve:
My beloved beliebers I'm officially retiring— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) December 25, 2013
Justin Bieber retiring! Is that a reason for weeping, or a gift? Depends on whether you're a Belieber or not, most likely. Bieber followed up that provocative little gift a few minutes later with some good old-fashioned persecution-complex night-tweeting:
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
Nothin' but love for ya, Biebs. Anyway, he followed that with one more:
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
THAT SOUNDS LIKE A THREAT, BIEBER. Anyway, you've got to believe this is more of Bieber's way of yanking some Ghost-of-Jacob-Marley chains around Christmastime. He said something similar on Los Angeles radio last week, even though his own camp denied any retirement plans. It's all about staying in the public eye, whatever it takes.