15 Celebrities Who Lied About Retirement

POSTED BY Tayyab Khalil, UPDATED ON November 22nd, 2023
Celebrities Who Lied About Retirement

Several celebrities announce their retirement but only a few of them stay retired. While they do that, some celebrities give up their retirement. Whether it is a hunger for money, attention, fame, or even pride, celebrities often resurface from their supposed retirement for either a comeback or to prove that they still have a lot left in the tank. Here are 15 celebrities who lied about retirement:


15. Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf Actor

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The former Disney child star has often made headlines and hardly any of them have been positive. Often surrounded by controversies, Shia LaBeouf announced that he was retiring from “all public life” way back in 2014. A month later at the Berlin Film Festival, the actor wore a paper bag over his head with the words “I am not famous anymore” emblazoned on it.

All of it seems nothing more than a publicity stunt as he co-starred with none other than Brad Pitt in the war movie Fury the very same year he announced his retirement. Next year, the actor starred in Man Down and just finished shooting American Honey intended to be released this year.


14. Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt Actor

Speaking of Brad Pitt, the Hollywood A-lister also announced his retirement as he told Australia’s 60 Minutes that he will retire from filmmaking at the age of 50. Then 47-year-old actor elaborated that he would continue acting for “three more years”.

Now aged 52, Pitt has starred in three movies since his predicted retirement age and is currently shooting the fourth one. The actor clarified his retirement issue as he stated that he was not putting an exact deadline on his “expiration date”.


13. Stephen King

Stephen King Author

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The American author has sold more than 350 million copies of his books and is considered a master of horror, suspense, supernatural, and fantasy fiction when it comes to literature.

In 2002, Stephen King wanted to leave his profession while he was “still on top of my game” and announced his retirement.

“Then that’s it. I’m done,”

stated the acclaimed author

“Done writing books.”

All of it was nothing more than bull crap as King subsequently released 17 novels, 3 collections of short stories, and 2 non-fiction books. Alive and well, the signs of King’s retirement are nowhere to be seen.


12. Chris Brown

Chris Brown

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Dozens of legal issues, frequent rehabs, failed relationships, multiple arrests, and the highly publicized domestic violence case involving Rihanna finally got to the rapper as Chris Brown tweeted his retirement.

“Don’t worry mainstream America,”

Brown said

“After this X album, it’ll probably be my last album.”

The very next year, the rapper released not one but two albums solo album Royalty, and a collaboration album with Tyga Fan of a Fan: The Album.


11. Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin Actor

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Starring in one run-of-the-mill movie after another, it seems Alec Baldwin will not go anywhere despite being a veteran of Hollywood with an experience of more than three decades. In 2009, the actor told Men’s Journal,

“Movies are a part of my past. It’s been 30 years. I’m not young, but I have time to do something else.”

That very same year, Baldwin told Playboy magazine that he would retire at the 30 Rock wrap party in 2012. Four years later, the actor has starred in seven movies and currently shooting two more.


10. Cher

Cher The Singer

With an illustrious career that has spanned more than fifty years, Cher is one of the most successful singers of all time and has been nicknamed the goddess of pop for her achievements. Cher has done it all except retirement an act that has given her another nickname: Queen of Comebacks.

For Cher, retirements seem nothing more than a playful joke as she has announced it several times. The singer has held several farewell tours without the actual intention of calling it quits.

“It feels like time to say goodbye to this part of my life”

were her parting words to a sold-out Madison Square Garden. Nearing 70 and rocking on stage now and then, the chances of Cher’s retirement still seem zero.


9. Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Basketball Player

Believe it or not, even “His Airness” has not taken the matter of retirement too seriously. Attributing his loss of desire to play the game, Michael Jordan shocked the National Basketball Association in 1993 when he announced his retirement so he could be a baseball player.

Following an unappealing career in minor league baseball, Jordan returned to the sport of basketball in 1995 won his team Chicago Bulls three more championships, and retired for the second time in 1999.

The same year, Jordan did the math and claimed that he was “99.9% certain” that he would never play another NBA game but made another comeback in 2001. Following a lackluster return as a player for the Washington Wizards, Jordan finally retired for good in 2003.


8. Emma Watson

Emma Watson Actress

The brightest witch of her generation claimed that she would move away from the world of show business once the final installment of Harry Potter wraps up.

Following Harry Potter films, Emma Watson proved to be the most successful star from the cast of the franchise as she has since starred in eight movies most notably Noah and The Bling Ring.

With the announcement of Watson starring as Belle in the film adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, it seems that the actress’s retirement is not happening anytime soon.


7. Jay Z

Jaz Z celebrities who lied about retirement

The rapper took his publicized retirement to a whole new level as he held a concert at Madison Square Garden in 2003 and dubbed it his “retirement party”.

After the charade, Jay Z continued his career as if nothing happened as he released four solo albums and three collaboration albums.

Of course, the retirement did not last and even the rapper acknowledged his bogus departure by calling it the “worst retirement in history”.


6. Mark Henry

Mark Henry WWE Wrestler

The saying “never say never” is truly a famous one in professional wrestling as superstars – whether they masquerade their honorable departure from the sport or disgracefully leave by losing a retirement match – tend to wrestle a handful of matches after their supposed departure.

None of them ever pulled a fast one other than Mark Henry. The World’s Strongest Man used social media to tease his retirement and came out on WWE Monday Night Raw to announce it.

Henry sharing the ring with WWE Champion John Cena, highlighted his accomplishments and emotionally cried as he exclaimed, “Baby, I’m coming home” to his daughter Joanna who “cries when I leave home”.

All was going fine and dandy until Cena hugged Henry and was unexpectedly greeted with the World’s Strongest Slam. Henry fooled everyone with the hoax as the whole thing was part of the scripted feud with the WWE Champion.


5. Eddie Murphy

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“I am planning to make movies until I am 50,”

lied Eddie Murphy who just finished wrapping the upcoming drama film, Mr. Church.

Seeing how the actor has faded away from the spotlight, it doesn’t matter whether Murphy decides to stay retired or not.


4. Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes Actress

Feeling that she should stop acting because she does not love it anymore, the Nickelodeon star decided to retire.

“I don’t love acting anymore, so I’ve stopped doing it,”

stated Amanda Bynes:

“I know 24 is a young age to retire but you heard it here first,”

she tweeted

“I’ve #retired.”

Not so surprisingly, just a month later, the actress tweeted

“I’ve unretired.”

However, the actress has not acted since her supposed departure as her career dwindled following arrests, DUI charges, hit-and-run incidents, marijuana possession, and reckless endangerment.


3. Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood Actor Turned Director

Undoubtedly the greatest actor-turned-director of all time, Clint Eastwood shocked Hollywood when he revealed that his 2008 drama film Gran Torino would be his very last as an actor.

“That will probably do it for me as far as acting is concerned,”

said Eastwood who stressed too much on the “probably” part as the actor starred in Trouble with the Curve four years later.


2. Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali Boxer

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With his head up high, Late Muhammad Ali faced every opponent like a man but had a hard time facing the possibility of retirement. After his third fight with Ken Norton, controversy ensued as the crowd loudly booed the questionable decision of Ali being awarded the victory. “The greatest” announced a brief retirement so he could practice his then-new faith, Islam.

Returning soon, out-of-shape Ali’s next fight against Leon Spinks resulted in his loss but he won their attendance-breaking rematch and finally announced his retirement after the bout. However, it was short-lived as Ali made a comeback to fight Larry Holmes in an attempt to ease his financial struggles.

With his health deteriorating, Ali lost the fight by a knockout. Despite people begging him for retirement, the boxer fought one more time against Trevor Berbick in a losing effort and subsequently retired for good.


1. Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber Singer

The world came to an end in 2013, at least for Justin Bieber fans as the singer tweeted:

“My beloved beliebers I’m officially retiring”

shortly before the release of his concert movie Justin Bieber’s Believe. It was not long until Bieber tweeted:


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