- Unretirement is a trend in the US labor market.
- Celebrities from Jay-Z to Emma Watson have been unretiring for years.
- Here are singers, actors, and directors who have returned to the spotlight after calling it quits.
Despite his retirement announcement, Jay-Z released "Kingdom Come" in 2006. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly at the time of the album's release, he called his three years off "the worst retirement in history." Since his false retirement, he has released five solo albums and four collaborative projects.
The "Little Women" actress told Teen Vogue she had lost her "burning passion" and stated plainly "I don't want to act again" in 2009. She chose to focus on her education at Brown University instead. She returned to acting before graduation, unable to turn down projects like 2012's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and 2013's "The Bling Ring."
Later, he recanted his statements and told The Mirror in 2020 that as the prince of darkness, he would keep rocking beyond the grave.
Taylor said she was walking away from the music industry after "feeling super underappreciated" in an Instagram post in December 2020. In April 2021, the "Bare Wit Me" singer explained that she had not retired for good on an episode of Cam Newton's BET series "Sip 'N Smoke." Taylor said the initial decision to leave the industry came from friction with her label, GOOD Music.
He returned to the limelight shortly after the January 2014 tweets, starring in films like 2015's "Man Down" and 2016's "American Honey."
According to Billboard, he took bit gigs from 2009 to 2013, but he launched a full scale comeback in 2016.
Later, in a 2020 interview for Goop, she told Gwyneth Paltrow the choice to retire from acting gave her peace.
She recently unretired to appear in her friend Jamie Foxx's upcoming Netflix movie "Back In Action."
He unretired in 2018 to host the Netflix interview series "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman." The show features in-depth interviews with celebrities including Ryan Reynolds and Cardi B.
He issued a statement that clarified the reasons he was quitting. In October 2015, when his children were a little older, he confirmed that he would resume performing in an interview with Rolling Stone. "The horse is out of the stable and I'm raring to go," he said.
In 2013, director Steven Soderbergh said his forthcoming film "Side Effects" would be his last and told New York Magazine, "I just don't think movies matter as much anymore." He also expressed beliefs that directors were mistreated by Hollywood executives and financiers.
She released her greatest hits album "All The Best" in 2004 after a bit of rest. Four years later, she performed at the 2008 Grammys with Beyoncé. Later that year, she began performing on "Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour." The show was so successful that it ran for 90 stops.
Most recently, he unretired in 2021 to adapt "How Do You Live?," a 1937 novel by Genzaburo Yoshino.
She came back as Hope Van Dyne in the 2018 movie "Ant-Man and the Wasp."