By Evan Slead
December 03, 2016 at 06:12 PM EST
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Don’t believe the rumors: Legendary “Rocketman” Elton John isn’t retiring — at least, not yet.

Amidst a new report that John’s upcoming 2017 tour would be his last, the singer-songwriter has spoken out against the statements. In an Instagram post Saturday, John appeased fan worry over the supposed retirement. “Don’t believe what you read in the papers today. There is no truth to the rumors that I am planning to retire,” he wrote. “In fact, I am looking forward to celebrating 50 years of collaborating with my partner-in-song, Bernie Taupin, next year.”

The Daily Mail reported the “Candle in the Wind” singer’s supposed departure from the limelight, citing his upcoming 70th birthday as the end date. The idea of the icon hanging up the mic has been swelling for months. In February, during a visit to The Graham Norton Show, seen below, Norton asked John if the rumors were true. “I’m gradually going to wind down because I want to see my boys grow up,” he said. “I mean, what’s the point of having children if you don’t spend time with them?” Guest Jack Black asked the singer outright if this was his farewell tour, but John reiterated “not quite yet.”

John is currently on tour in Europe, with a two -month stint at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas starting in late December, after which he will continue on tour in North America for one month, resuming his European tour for two months starting in June. 

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