LOS ANGELES — After a South American brothel scandal, the 18-year-old pop sensation says he will retire in early 2014. A prepared statement provided by the Bieber camp says despite this being a tough decision, Bieber is certain he no longer wants a spot in the limelight.
“Frankly, he’s tired,” said Jon Turley, the singer’s spokesman. “After all of the paternity tests, the paparazzi, the constant pressure to outdo himself — Justin is just done. It’s been a tough year. And he wants to thank all of the Beliebers out there for their continued support.”
Recently, Bieber has been featured across headlines for trips to a Rio brothel and an erratic relationship with Selena Gomez. He reportedly no longer wants his relationships with loved ones broadcast to the world. Even Bieber’s recent Twitter outreach has been minimum, stopping only Sunday to wish his followers “happy holidays.”
The singer has stayed mum on his plans after retirement. Rumors persist that Bieber will simply work behind the scenes in the studio, taking on a production role rather than releasing his own material. And understandable, many have been upset about the move.
“I just can’t believe it,” said 16-year-old Brittany Spaniel, of Hollywood, Fla., in an interview with a local newspaper. “How could he do this to all of us? Why is he robbing us of his talent?”
Other rumors surrounding the situation take on his reasons for leaving show business, not trusting the statement given from his camp. Some think surprising developments are still on the way. But regardless of the reasons, it seems that 2012 was the last year Bieber held the pop culture crown.