UPDATE: Justin Bieber's rep confirmed today that the singer's laptop was indeed stolen. E! News reports that Josh Williams, the Biebs's tour manager, filed a report with the Tacoma Police Department yesterday. The incident was successfully spun into a clever PR plug for Justin's new single, "Beauty and a Beat," but it remains to be seen if anything scandalous actually does surface from his stolen computer!

America, you’ve officially been Punk’d.

Just when we were beginning to feel extra sorry for Justin Bieber, the singer revealed this morning that the reported theft of his laptop and camera earlier this week was an elaborate stunt to drum up support for his new music video.

It began yesterday when the purported thief began tweeting at Justin from a Twitter account called @gexwy, threatening to release “personal footage” of the “Boyfriend” crooner.

“@gexwy no matter what you have and what you post tomorrow i know my fans wont leave me. screw it. #toostrong,” tweeted the Biebs yesterday.

The self-proclaimed thief responded, saying, “@justinbieber haha. that is what u think. we will see tomorrow at NOON. last chance,” and later adding, “and the rest of u can just shutup. u have no idea what i have and when u see tomorrow u will feel different.”

This morning, @gexwy made the big reveal, tweeting, “HERE IT IS @JUSTINBIEBER !!!” with a link to the supposedly scandalous footage.

Turns out, it was simply Justin’s latest video for the song “Beauty and a Beat,” featuring Nicki Minaj.

Was this the greatest prank or the greatest cop out of the year? We’ll let you decide.

Credit: VEVO Photo: Justin Bieber Debuts Music Video For "Beauty and a Beat," Featuring Nicki Minaj

Source: E! Online, VEVO, Twitter

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