It appears Shia LaBeouf is going the way of Amanda Bynes.
Following a recent plagiarism scandal, the 27-year-old actor announced on his official Twitter account Thursday that he is officially "retiring.” “In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life,” said the former child star. He also thanked his longtime fans for their loyalty saying, “My love goes out to those who have supported me.” LaBeouf’s show of gratitude was later followed by the tweet, “#stopcreating.”
LaBeouf’s so-called retirement comes on the heels of last month's plagiarism scandal in which the former Disney TV actor was accused of directly adapating the Daniel Clowes comic novel “Justin M. Damiano” in his 2012 short film HowardCantour.com. Following the accusations, LaBeouf took to Twitter to defend his actions, saying:
“Copying isn’t particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different IS creative work. In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation. I’m embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella 'Justin M. Damiano,' which served as my inspiration. I was truly moved by his piece of work & I knew that it would make a poignant & relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it. I deeply regret the manner in which these events have unfolded and want @danielclowes to know that I have a great respect for his work.”
Does LaBeouf’s retirement from "public life" mean that he is quitting acting? While the “Transformers” trilogy star didn’t give any indication that he is completely done with show business, or if he is merely planning to just shy away from sharing details regarding his personal life in the future, fans of the “Even Stevens” actor have already flocked to social media to share their distress.
“Don’t leave us! We really love you and no matter what those rubbish haters and medias said,” posted one of LaBeouf’s 85,965 followers Thursday. “If you retire, then you’re letting them win,” said @pauljeremiah. “no!!!!!!! Don't leave us!!!” added @i_Joshyy.
LaBeouf is still scheduled to appear in a yet-untitled World War II drama alongside Brad Pitt and Logan Lerman. The film is currently scheduled for a November 2014 release.