Elton John has hit back at reports he is set to announce his retirement after his 70th birthday next year.

Taking to Instagram, the singer assured fans there were ‘no truth’ to the reports and added that he was looking forward to celebrating 50 years of working with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.

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Posting a throwback photo of himself and Taupin, John wrote: “Don't believe what you read in the papers today. There is no truth to the rumours 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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During his 50 year career John has sold more that 300 million records, won five Grammys, an Oscar, 11 Ivor Novello awards and has played more than 3,000 gigs.

But the Daily Mail had reported that John told friends he would be retiring next year. A source said: “Elton has seen and done it all, and has nothing left to prove.”

They added that John had originally planned to retire in 2018, but brought the date forward after disappointing sales of his most recent album Wonderful Crazy Night. The 69-year-old was also said to be keen to more time with his young family and work more to raise funds for the Elton John Aids Foundation.

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Last month John was also forced to deny reports he’d be playing at Donald Trump’s inauguration, after a member of the presidential transition team told the BBC that he would be part of the ceremony in January.

When asked about the comments made by Anthony Scaramucci to the BBC, Fran Curtis, John’s publicist told the New York Times, “Incorrect. He will NOT be performing.”