Did you hear him say that? Most likely no.
All of this has been blown way out of proportion. Actually the Uk press has shown themselves up. You don't see that crap anywhere else.. pure negative the way they treat foreign stars.
Of course he has fans over 8, and he's been active for the past 5years. People have been saying that he will disappear when the next big thing comes and he hasn't.
No but he's took a big hit since the arrival of One Direction; his last album selling less than half it's predecessor worldwide, and only a sixth it's predecessor's UK sales.