Justin Bieber was "just kidding" when he said he planned on retiring, his manager says, following concerns by fans over comments the teen Canadian pop star made during a recent interview.
The news comes days before the release of the 19-year-old's new documentary film, "Believe," which hits theaters on Dec. 25 -- Christmas Day. He had told radio station Power 106 FM in Los Angeles on Tuesday, when asked about a new album he is working on: "I'm actually, uh, I'm retiring, man. ... I'm just gonna take some time. I think I'm probably gonna quit music." (watch video)
Following concerns expressed by fans online, Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, talked about the issue in an interview with the TV show "Access Hollywood," which was posted on Wednesday, Dec. 18, hours before the singer was set to make a personal appearance at the Los Angeles premiere of "Believe."
"This is the fun thing about these Vines [videos] people post -- they're only a certain amount of time, so they cut off before the rest of the statement when he says 'just kidding,'" Braun was quoted as saying.
"He hasn't taken time off since he was 12," he added. "He knows he wants it, and wants to spend time with this family. His younger brother and sister are starting to grow up and he doesn't want to miss their childhood. I think for his well-being at 19, 20 years old, [it's good for him] to take time for himself, to figure out who he wants to be," he said.
Bieber has been promoting "Believe" throughout the past month. On Monday, the appeared at a screening of the movie in Los Angeles and handed out toys to scores of young fans (pictured above). Check out more info and 4 EXCLUSIVE VIDEOS.