Several celebrities announce their retirement but only a few of them stay retired. Whether it is hunger for money, attention, fame or even pride, celebrities often resurface from their supposed retirement for either a comeback or proving that they still have a lot left in the tank. Here are 15 celebrities who lied about retirement:
15. Shia LaBeouf
The former Disney child star has often made headlines and hardly any of them have been positive. Often surrounded with 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 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
Speaking of Brad Pitt, the Hollywood A-lister also announced his retirement as he told Australia’s 60 Minutes that he will retire from film making 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 a 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
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
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,”
“After this X album, it’ll probably be my last album.”
11. Alec Baldwin
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.
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 which 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. In fact, the singer has held several farewell tours without the actual intentions 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 every now and then, the chances of Cher’s retirement still seem zero.
9. Michael Jordan
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 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 and 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 Washington Wizards, Jordan finally retired for good in 2003.
8. Emma Watson
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 with most notably being Noah and The Bling Ring.
With the announcement of Watson starring as Belle in the film-adaption of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, it seems that the actress’ retirement is not happening anytime soon.