There has been much speculation of late that Garth Brooks would be back in 2014. Fans can finally rejoice: The superstar himself has just confirmed he is, indeed, planning his official return.
On Monday morning, he surprised "Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts live on air by first noting that he planned to make a big announcement soon, then deciding to just come out with it:
"Since it's you and since we've had a history forever, let's announce it. We're going on a world tour in 2014," he told Roberts. "I can't believe I just did that, but you are a doll."
The country superstar, who's been in a famous state of semi-retirement for more than a decade, had vowed to take a break from extended touring until his three children finished high school. Brooks's youngest daughter is set to graduate this coming spring; a fact which drove much of the curiosity about whether the singer would indeed decide to return to the road.
Brooks explained to Roberts that he's excited to get back to business, but that family always comes first: He checked with his kids and wife Trisha Yearwood before solidfying the tour plans.
"It sure feels good to get to throw your hat back in the ring," he said. "All my babies are fine with it. Ms. Yearwood is fine with it. So now I get to do what I love to do, which is play music. I get to be with the person I want to be with, which is Ms. Yearwood. My children are off on their own."
Brooks did not reveal specific dates or a schedule for the tour just yet. His latest project, the boxed set Blame it All On My Roots, was released on Thanksgiving Day.