Music legend Elton John has denied suggestions that he plans to retire next year, because 2017 would mark half a century in the music industry.
The I’m Still Standing singer was understood to be about to announce his retirement so he could spend more time at home with his husband and two sons. It was thought that Elton felt he had nothing more to prove and that he was planning to stop what has been a punishing touring schedule.
However, the Crocodile Rock star has issued a statement on his Instagram account saying that he would not be leaving the music industry. He urged fans not to believe what they have read, adding “There is no truth to the rumours that I am planning to retire. In fact, I am looking forward to celebrating 50 years of collaborating with my partner-in-song, Bernie Taupin, next year.”
However, in an earlier interview, Elton, 69, had hinted that he would give up touring because he wanted to be there to see his two young sons grow up. Elton has a busy year ahead of him. He is finishing yet another residency in Las Vegas before heading of on tour with a good friend of his, Rod Thomas, whose stage name is Bright Light Bright Light.
It is not the first time there have been rumours of his retirement. Earlier this year, Elton said he would be winding down his music career over the next few years because he wanted to spend more time with his sons. He said there was no point in having children if you did not spend time with them. However, he also said that while he was winding down, he was not stopping just yet as he did not feel he was old enough. Elton is married to David Furnish. The couple have two sons together, Zachary and Elijah.