Gloria Estefan: Mary Altaffer/AP
Gary Susman
June 26, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Latin music titan Gloria Estefan hasn’t toured for eight years, but this summer’s ”Live & Re-Wrapped” tour will mark her retirement from the road. She made the announcement Monday on ABC’s ”The View” and confirmed it with a statement on her website, telling fans, ”Although I will continue writing and recording and doing everything else that comes with this incredible way of life, this next tour will be my last.”

The ”Re-Wrapped” tour, which begins July 30 in Hidalgo, Texas, and includes 28 U.S. dates from July through September, is expected to keep her on the road through 2005. But the 46-year-old writes on her website that ”I was never really a ‘performer type’ person. I am quite content being behind the scenes and observing people and life, although the ‘fame’ part of this whole shebangle (is this legally a word?) has made that very difficult for me to accomplish. I think I am the happiest when I am creating music that I know you will hear and hopefully like and when I’m in the studio helping to make that new creation transmit those very feelings that brought it into this world.” She’s also spent so little time on the road so that she could ”balance this unique and beautiful career with taking care of my family.”

Estefan insisted in her statement that she’s not retiring from showbiz. Among the projects she’s working on is a biopic about singer Connie Francis. ”I’ve been working with her for over two years and I’m anxious to finally get it into production. Also, I have already started writing a ‘book’ in my head. Now I want to be able to put it on paper and communicate with all of you on an even deeper level. I want to write this myself, not with some other writer filtering my thoughts and putting them into words that are not really my own.”

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