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Dolly Parton, 78, says there's only thing that would compel her to retire

Amanda Goh   

Dolly Parton, 78, says there's only thing that would compel her to retire
  • Dolly Parton, 78, says she won't retire unless health — her husband's or her own — demands it.
  • She was featured on Beyoncé's "Cowboy Carter" and has plans to release a Broadway musical in 2026.

Dolly Parton, 78, isn't planning on retiring anytime soon — and there's only one reason she would ever step away from her career.

"I've always said that if my husband was in ill health or needed me, I would most definitely pull way back," Parton said in response to a fan's question during an interview at the CMA Fest, which took place on Thursday in Nashville, per Entertainment Tonight.

Parton has been married to Carl Thomas Dean for almost 60 years. They met outside a laundromat in 1964 and tied the knot two years later.

The "Jolene" singer also shared that she would consider slowing down if her own health required it.

"As I mentioned before, I've kind of dreamed myself into a corner and I've got to be responsible for that," Parton said, per Entertainment Tonight. "I'll always be doing something, but I may pull back a little bit here and there, now and then."

Parton has been keeping busy over the past year.

In October, she released a book titled "Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones," chronicling the most iconic looks she's worn in her career. In November, she dropped her first-ever rock album, "Rockstar."

The country legend also featured on Beyoncé's latest album "Cowboy Carter," and announced at the CMA Fest that a biographical musical titled "Hello, I'm Dolly" will arrive on Broadway in 2026.

Outside of her music career, she even released a new line of baking mixes earlier this year.

"Not today, that's what I said. I got to get some more groceries on the shelf and sell some more pies and cakes and brownies," Parton said at the CMA Fest, per Entertainment Tonight.

Parton isn't the only celebrity who has spoken about not wanting to retire.

In April, Vera Wang told People that she plans to continue working because she enjoys being creative.

"I think maybe a little bit like Warren Buffett or Queen Elizabeth II, I'm just going to keep prodding on because I feel as though I'm able to do my best work more and more," Wang, who's turning 75 in June, said.

In May, Kris Jenner — the 68-year-old matriarch of the Kardashian-Jenner clan — told James Corden that she doesn't want to retire because working gives her "all sorts of different qualities" in her life.

"It's finding solutions for things. It's your organizational skills. It's your people skills. It's the love of life," Jenner said. "It's, you know, having somewhere to go, getting up, getting dressed, presenting yourself to the world a certain way, and interacting with the people that you love."

There is also a wave of millennials who are putting their own spin on the FIRE movement — and it involves not retiring early, unlike what the acronym suggests.

As Noah Sheidlower and Kathleen Elkins reported for Business Insider, many millennials who have achieved or are set to achieve financial independence are still interested in working because it gives them purpose and allows them to give back to their communities.

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