Cairo: Celebrated Egyptian singer Sherine Abdul Wahab Friday hinted at a comeback to music, days after she shocked her fans in the Arab world with a decision to retire.

In an audio recording posted on website of Lebanese magazine Al Jaras, the 35-year-old vocalist said that the reversal of the decision comes out of respect for her fans and colleagues.

“In respect to the honourable and massive audience as well as the artists who have captured me with their high morals and big hearts, I have reversed my decision.”

She denied her earlier retirement announcement was a ploy to attract media attention. “I didn’t do this for a media show. I like and still like to devote my time to my children,” the mother of two said. She did not disclose her future plans. “May God help me to live up to the responsibility.”

Last week, Sherine, one of the Arab world’s most popular singers, declared in audio recordings she had decided to retire, citing “life pressure”. News about Sherine’s retirement went viral online, prompting ardent fans to call on her to backtrack it.

Launching an entertainment career in 1998, Sherine was catapulted to fame two years later with her hit song “Oh, Night”. She has since generated a wide following in Egypt and other Arab countries.

Noted for her love and dreamy songs, Sherine acted in a single film “Mido, the Troublemaker”, opposite Egypt’s comic sensation Ahmad Helmy. She also starred in the popular TV serial “My Way” broadcast last year.  

She was also a member of the jury on the talent-scouting show “The Voice” aired on the Dubai-based satellite station MBC.