The singer's manager had previously denied the popstar's retirement claims

Justin Bieber has confirmed his retirement via Twitter.

The popstar had last week said that he was going to quit music, but the claims were refuted by his manager. However, in the early hours of this morning (December 25), the singer used Twitter to tell fans he was “officially retiring”. He wrote:

Despite this, he went on to say that he would never leave his fans and wished them a happy Christmas, stating: “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… Be kind loving to each other, forgive each other as god forgave us through Christ Merry Christmas IM HERE FOREVER”.

Justin Bieber’s 3D concert movie Believe is released in Stateside cinemas today. He also released his new album, ‘Journals’ on December 23. In the run up to the album Bieber had been releasing a new track from the record each week under the umbrella of his Music Mondays series, including his collaboration with Chance The Rapper, ‘Confident’.

Last week Justin Bieber‘s manager denied the singer’s claim that he was retiring from the music industry. Scooter Braun told ITN, via the Independent, that Bieber was “just kidding” when he recently told Power 106 FM radio station in Los Angeles that his next studio LP could be his last, stating: “The new album… I’m actually retiring. I’m retiring man. I’m just gonna take some time. I think I’m probably going to quit music.” Braun said of Bieber’s 2014 plans: “Next year he’s taking a break just to make music and relax, take some time for himself for the first time since he was 12”.