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Rod Stewart flooded with support as he addresses retirement rumours in heartfelt post

The singing superstar opened up in his latest Instagram post

Rod Stewart performs at Bridgestone Arena on July 05, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Diane Shipley
Senior Online Writer
21 June 2023
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Sir Rod Stewart took to Instagram on Wednesday to offer clarity following what he described as "confusion" about whether he planned to retire from music. 

The 78-year-old singer posted a series of images of black writing on a white background that cleared up his plans. 

They read: "I like to clear up any confusion that I may have caused my dear fans and the media. I shall never retire!" 

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He went on: "I was put on this earth to be a singer. I will keep doing so for as long as the good Lord lets me. I will play the hits as advertised for the UK, US, South America and Vegas and into 2024 but no retirement as such. 

Rod Stewart's Instagram note about retirement© Instagram
Rod denied that he has any plans to retire

"During recent interviews, I've mentioned my newest passion is big band/swing music and when we wrap this greatest hits tour, it's something I'm very eager to share with you. 

"I could never turn my back on the songs that I've written and sung over the last six decades. They are like my children. I created them and I love them. 

Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster on the red carpet© Getty
Rod and wife Penny Lancaster on the red carpet

"I'll always come back to them, just like I did after The Great American Book Series, which I shall boastfully add, sold 26 million albums! I look forward to seeing you on the road with all the hits, and I can't wait to introduce you to my new swing album next year". 

Rod Stewart performs in concert at Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot on February 10, 2023 © Getty
The star plans to keep performing

The star signed the message and captioned it: "Hello friends, please read [red heart emoji]". Rod's fans were quick to comment, with one responding: "Great news to hear!! Rock on Sir Rod [flame emoji]." 

Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster in Venice© Instagram
Rod and Penny on holiday in Venice

Others added: "So glad to hear you are not retiring," "What a relief. Sir Rod Stewart, thank you for being so brilliant," and: "Whooo hoooo! Glad to hear this!" 

It's been a busy and exciting time for the star, who just celebrated the arrival of two grandsons, making him a grandfather of three. 

Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster © Getty
The couple have been married since 2007

Rod also just marked his sixteenth wedding anniversary with his wife, model and presenter Penny Lancaster. The kind-hearted couple didn't only think of themselves on their special day, however, as they spent it doing their bit for charity. 

Penny Lancaster posing in floral dress© Instagram
Penny and Rod were joined by 52 couples who raised over £1.7 million for charity

The pair attended Virgin Radio's charity event Dine & Disco, hosted by Chris Evans, where Rod showcased his smooth moves and husky vocals to the intimate crowd. 

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As ever, Penny was her husband's biggest cheerleader, mingling with guests in a pretty V-neck tea dress. Looking every inch a summer's dream, Penny teamed her floral print frock with a pair of box-fresh white trainers. 

Penny Lancaster floral dress posing Chris Evans© Instagram
Penny looked radiant to support Chris Evans' Dine & Disco event

She accessorised with a simple silver pendant necklace, keeping her look understated and garden-party friendly. The former Loose Women panellist styled her blonde locks into perfectly bouncy waves and sported radiant, natural makeup for a fresh-faced glow. 

Sir Rod Stewart performing live in white suit and black tie © Instagram
The star enjoyed performing at the charity gala

Offering fans an insight into the glamorous soirée, Penny shared several photos on Instagram and wrote: "So grateful to be a part of Saturday night's 'Dine & Disco', where @beverlyknight and @sirrodstewart performed. 

Penny Lancaster and Rod Stewart at Annabel 60th Anniversary Party o© Getty
Penny is Rod's biggest supporter

"Thanks @chrisevansfi and his team, plus the very generous 50 couples who donated towards the 1.7m raised for Children’s Charities."

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