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Cliff Richard Insists Age Isn't A Factor In His Decision-Making: 'I Wear What I Want'

'Retirement is not a word in my vocabulary.'

26/08/2016 12:01 | Updated 14 September 2016

Sir Cliff Richard has vowed not to let his advancing years dictate his life choices.

The veteran entertainer turns 76 in October, but has insisted that he isn’t letting age be a factor in his decision-making in the future, and he’s made it clear he has no plans to slow down.

Opening up to The Mirror, Sir Cliff said: It’s important not to give in to age. It’s just a state of mind. You need to keep your state of mind clear.

“Retirement is not in my vocabulary. It’s too easy for us to think, ‘Oh, I’m 76, I can’t be seen doing that’. That’s wrong, just wear what you’re going to wear. Be what you are going to be.”

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Sir Cliff at Wimbledon earlier this year

In fact, despite being in the entertainment industry for more than 50 years, Sir Cliff is still dreaming big, with a lot still left on his to-do list.

He added: “It’s still a dream of mine to do the Albert Hall for a month – for one day on, one day off, so I get a day off in between each performance. That’s the dream.”

Sir Cliff’s look to the future comes at the end of a tough couple of years, in which historical sex abuse allegations against him were dropped due to “insufficient evidence to prosecute”, while he has also had to grieve the losses of close friend Cilla Black and his beloved sister.

He broke his silence on his tough times in an interview with Gloria Hunniford on ‘Loose Women’, where he also addressed speculation about his personal life.

“I’ve lived with that for the whole of my career,” he explained. “I always feel that I’m one of the most open people. I’ve done more interviews for TV for sure, for press than anyone else alive on the planet.

“I don’t mind talking about things but there are things that are mine. That will go with me to my grave. And I’ve given up for instance, I don’t talk about my family, I certainly don’t talk about my sexuality.

“I don’t talk about my family because sometimes the press with the best intentions can just twist something a little bit and leave everyone feeling bad about it.”

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