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Elton John Denies Retirement Rumors: 'Don't Believe What You Read'

by Raphael Chestang 4:39 PM PST, December 05, 2016
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We haven't heard the last of Elton John just yet!

After a report on Saturday claimed that John was planning to retire next year, the 69-year-old music icon took to Instagram to shoot down the rumor.

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"Don't believe what you read in the papers today," John wrote over the weekend. "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. @rockentertainment."

The now-debunked rumor was that John was going to end his 50-year career soon in order to make more time for his husband, David Furnish, and their two sons, Zachary, 5, and Elijah, 3.

Earlier this year on The Graham Norton Show, John said that at some point he wanted to "gradually wind down" to watch his boys grow up.

Still, he seems to be content with his work for now. Not only is the "Rocket Man" singer not retiring, he's putting in serious work with a tour in Europe going on now and a two-month stint at The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas in late December.

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With five GRAMMY awards and an Oscar for "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," which is featured on The Lion King soundtrack, John is one of the world's most treasured musicians. He's sold more than 300 million records, and his 33rd studio album, Wonderful Crazy Night, was released in February.

Next year, John can be seen on the big screen alongside Halle Berry, Julianne Moore and Channing Tatum in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

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