Despite the rumors floating around on social media, Dolly Parton says she is not ready to hang it up and retire.
She has stated publicly in recent years that she never intends to stop working.
Parton was emphatic, saying that she hopes when the time comes for her to depart, it is while she is performing on stage.
She revealed her wish during an interview with Greatest Hits Radio host Ken Bruce.
“I would never retire,” she said, adding that one of her lifelong dreams is to “drop dead” on stage during a performance of a song she, hopefully, composed. She said that since there is no choice in how one can go, that’s how she hopes things will go.
The singer said whimsically; the only reason she would ever slow down would be if she were dead.
She isn’t going anywhere as long as she can work, as long as her health is good, and as long as her husband is good.
She said, in the meantime, she will make hay while the sun shines.
The “I Will Always Love You” singer recently shared her thoughts about AI and the notion of a hologram carrying on her career after her death, which she finds unsettling.
Dolly Parton said she thinks she’s “left behind a significant body of work, and she has to decide how much of that high-tech stuff she wants to be involved with because she doesn’t want to leave her soul on this earth.
She then said she supposed with the amount of material she is leaving behind and because of AI, her presence will be permanent, with people always able to find ways to keep her here, on Earth.
Dolly Parton’s long-awaited foray into the rock genre, Rockstar, is nearing completion and is scheduled for release on November 17 of this year.