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On Christmas Eve, and on the eve of the premiere of his documentary, Believe, Justin Bieber tweeted, "My beloved beliebers I'm officially retiring."

Is he for real?

Well, the tweet did follow another public comment about retirement. Last week,he told Los Angeles radio station Power 106, "After the new album, I'mactually, I'm retiring man, I'm retiring." However, sources told TMZ the singer was joking.

We'rethinking maybe the 19-year-old doesn't define "retiring" the same waywe do. (As in, he doesn't think it means "to stop working.") Proof:

In an e-mail to USA TODAY from the Philippines,the final stop of his 15-month Believe tour, Bieber wrote, "I'm goingto take my time (next year) to really find my sound as an adult. Thattakes time and patience, and I'm grateful I have the ability to stepback and focus on my creativity."

Stepping back to focus on creativity? That doesn't exactly mean retiring.

Bieber's manager and friend, Scooter Braun,told USA TODAY, "Next year will be less about the career. I expectJustin to be doing things like snowboarding, backpacking, working on hischarities, but more often than not, he'll be in the studio. Music ishis therapy."

It sounds like the superstar, who told USA TODAYthat "the last year has not been the easiest for me," wants to step awayfrom the spotlight for a bit.

An hour after Bieber tweeted about retiring, he replied to his own post with this:"The media talks a lot about me.They make up a lot of lies and want meto fail but I'm never leaving you, being a belieber is a lifestyle."

So he's "never leaving," but he's also "retiring" and trying to find his "sound as an adult." Make of that what you will!

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