Dolly Parton announces retirement from touring: 'like to stay closer to home with husband’

Dolly Parton shocked the world by announcing her retirement from touring.

The 76-year-old country music icon said she wants to spend more time with her husband Carl Thomas Dean as they age since "it takes so much time and energy" to play live.

Dolly has had a remarkable career, writing more than 3,000 songs, including Jolene, 9 to 5 and I Will Always Love You, which the late Whitney Houston used as the basis for her international pop hit.

The singer has been on tour for "her whole life," but she will put away her guitar and cowboy boots now.

"I don't think I'll ever go on tour again, but I do know I'll occasionally perform unique shows here and there.

"Maybe do a long weekend of shows or just a few shows at a festival. But I have no intention of going on a full-blown tour anymore.

Dolly said she was worried "something could happen" to her loved ones if she were away on tour and she would be unable to help.

We’re getting older now, and I don’t want to be gone for four or five weeks at a time," Dolly said in an interview with Pollstar.

Dolly Parton announced her retirement, and fans went to Twitter to express their shock. 

One fan wrote: "Dolly Parton won't tour again - *screams in agony*," and another added: "gloomy day Dolly Parton is giving up her tour schedule."

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