It quotes Phil saying "I don’t anticipate playing anymore, and I don’t particularly anticipate writing anymore. I’ve kind of put that side of my life on hold mainly because I feel like I’ve earned this opportunity to do nothing."
But. Wait. Phil retiring from writing and recording new music as well as performing. That was news some time ago. And as we recall Phil himself took to his homepage to correct the news reports. Let's see what we can find...
Back to March 2011 and he does write on his homepage:
Many of the articles printed over the last few months have ended up painting a picture of me that is more than a little distorted. Therefore, I would like to add my comments and try to explain again my reasons for calling it a day.
1/ I'm not stopping because of dodgy reviews or bad treatment in the press.
2/ I'm not stopping because I don't feel loved, I know I still have a very large fanbase that loves what I do. Thank you.
3/ I'm not stopping because I don't fit in, this was proved with "Going Back" reaching No 1 in the UK, and doing incredibly well worldwide.
4/ I'm not stopping so I can dive full time into my interest for the Alamo.
I am stopping so I can be a full time father to my two young sons on a daily basis.
He writes that the reports make himn come across like a "tormented weirdo who thinks he was at the Alamo in another life, who feels very sorry for himself, and is retiring hurt because of the bad press over the years."
Back to the new article in The Sun. They quote from an interview Phil's given to Rolling Stone magazine. The thing is that that interview was published in November 2010 and it is one of the sources for the number of retirement articles that was published early 2011. Articles that made Phil write that statement on his homepage.
Phil still retired for the time being and enjoying taking care of his kids.
And writing books about his Alamo collection.