Sir Elton John has said he is planning to “phase out” his career to spend more time with his family.

The singer made the announcement in an interview with BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce, ahead of the release of his new album Wonderful Crazy Night.

The singer, who recently celebrated his eleventh anniversary with husband and long-time partner David Furnish, said he plans to spend more time as a family with him and sons Zachary and Elijah.

He told the radio host: “It’s all about the kids now – everything is worked out around half term and when they’re going to be in school, when they’re out of school, and they are the most important things in my life. They take preference over everything.

“Obviously I work – but the work will get less and less and I’ll spend more time with my children growing up.

“And that’s what I want to do, I’ll gradually phase things out in a few years.”

He added: “It’s not forever but I want to see my kids grow up. I go all over the world. I just don’t want to tour so much.

“At the moment, it’s just about when the boys are out of school and how much we can spend with them.”

However, the workaholic musician – who has released 32 studio albums, four live albums and seven soundtracks across his career, still has a few big projects before he can step away entirely.

He said: “I’m working on a musical, but I can’t tell you about that yet… and then I’m working on another musical after.”