The legendary singer took to social media to calm the fears of his fans after media outlets claimed he would be stepping out of the limelight next year (17).

In a post on Instagram on Saturday (03Dec16), Elton shared a photo of himself from the 1960s with longtime musical partner Bernie Taupin, and wrote: “Don’t believe what you read in the papers today. There is no truth to the rumors (sic) 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.”

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The Daily Mail reported the Candle in the Wind hitmaker was going to quit showbiz after his landmark 70th birthday in March (17). Sources told the newspaper Elton “has seen and done it all, and has nothing to prove”, and would take a permanent break in his relentless touring schedule and call it a day.

Retirement rumours have swirled around the father-of-two for months, after he appeared on The Graham Norton Show in February (16) and said he wanted to spend more time with his children Zachary, five, and Elijah, three, who he shares with husband David Furnish.