Dolly Parton has zero plans to retire: "I’ve got so much left to do"

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She's been the queen of country for over five decades, and Dolly Parton shows no signs of slowing down. And why should she?

Now aged 71, the singer-songwriter has just released her 45th solo album - and first children's album - I Believe in You.

And Dolly is not in any way ready to retire, saying that she would only quit showbusiness if she or her long-time husband Carl Deal became ill.

"I never want to retire," she told The Sun. "Only if I was sick or my husband was sick and I needed to take care of him.

"I just love what I do, love who I am and I love the things that I’m able to accomplish. I’ve got so much left to do and I keep fearing I might run out of time before I get it all done, but I look like a cartoon anyway so I think I’ll look the same if I am 80 or 90.

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“I just hope my health holds up so I can carry on."

Dolly also features on her goddaughter Miley Cyrus' latest album Younger Now. Speaking about the popstar, she added: "I love Miley and I’m very proud of her. She’s like one of my kids. Like all kids, they go through their times, have a right to make mistakes and grow up in their own way, according to their own personalities.

"Miley’s a good girl. She’s smart and she’s talented and I’ll always be on her side."

Earlier this month, Miley transformed into her godmother Dolly for a one-off performance of 'Islands in the Stream', alongside talkshow host Jimmy Fallon as Kenny Rogers. Watch the clip below: