Grammy-nominated artist Keyshia Cole is announcing her retirement from music after her final upcoming album.
Keyshia made the announcement unexpectedly on Instagram when a fan stated she should feel like she is “sitting on top of the world” with the way her latest single, “I Don’t Want To Be In Love” has been received by fans, the hype around her recent “Versuz Battle” with fellow singer and rival, Ashanti, and her upcoming album.
The songstress, surprisingly, replied “I’m retiring. “When questioned on the seriousness of her response, she doubled down and stated, “I’m not lying.” Keyshia’s fans initially thought her account was being hacked, however she confirmed again she was retiring, but promised one more album. “I’m already contracted to do so, I wouldn’t do that to @BMG ,myself, or my fans,” she said of not releasing a record. “But I’m gonna have to move at my pace with this one. #Album8.” She goes on to cite her children as her reason for retirement, stating she wants to take a step back and jokes about leaving music altogether. “#StimnyHitsAccount RETIREMENT SOUNDS GOOD [crying laughing emoji] this is funny! Hella! Just thought I’d join in on the fun. I’m serious about retirement… [crossed fingers emoji] but this is funny [crying laughing emoji].”
Fan reaction to Keyshia’s retirement announcement has bordered on the humorous side, with most questioning her others heckling her.
— Leeka (@da_bestueverhad) March 17, 2021
I know there’s a lot going on but what is Keyshia Cole exactly retiring from? Randomly putting out albums and the essence fest? Please don’t come for me. This is a question
— Republican Cocaine Orgies (@HawkinsCash) March 17, 2021
Keyshia Cole’s forthcoming album will be her eighth one. Besides her music, the singer has been hailed as one of the music industry’s last true R&B artists. She is also known as a family and anti-drug advocate as she showcases her roller coaster relationship with her birth family, including her older sister Neffeteria “Neffe” Pugh and her mother, Francine “Frankie” Lons, well documented on multiple reality television series and talk shows.