Morrissey is planning to retire in 2014.

'The Last of the Famous International Playboys' singer has said he is planning to leave the music business in two years when he is 55.

He told ''I am slightly shocked to have gone as far as I have.

''This is my 30th year, and I've aged a lot recently, which is bit distressing for me, as it must be for everyone. The body changes shape and there's nothing you can do about it.''

The singer started his career in 1982 as the singer of The Smiths, but after that band broke up in 1988 he forged a solo career, releasing nine studio albums to date.

Morrissey has recently been on tour in Asia and praised the rapturous reception he got from fans in Jakarta, Indonesia.

He wrote in a blog post: ''I have never in my life experienced a crowd such as that of Jakarta, who sang each song so loudly that their voices caught all of the onstage microphones and warped the sound into a mad bellow of love. Later, backstage, we were numbed by the joy that Jakarta had given us.''

The singer was also glad to be out of his home country, England, for the recent Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Queen Elizabeth's 60 year reign, and once again expressed his dislike of the royal family.

He added: ''While dictatorships throughout The Middle East are gently condemned by the British government, there is no examination of the extremism enforced by the British 'royals', who remain the most overpaid and most utterly useless people on the planet.

''Having done nothing to earn our respect, they demand everything by return. It is a cunning and extravagant form of benefit fraud.''