Fans hoping for a new Lorde record to be released in the near future may be left waiting, with the singer revealing the passing of her pet dog has disrupted her plans a little bit.

Earlier this year, we passed the two-year anniversary of Lorde’s second album, Melodrama. A powerful release, this record managed to chart higher than its predecessor, with singles like ‘Green Light’ well and truly proving that this New Zealand artist was in it for the long haul.

Back in June though, Lorde revealed to her fans that she was already looking ahead to her next release, explaining that album number three was “in the oven”, even though she had been taking things a bit slowly.

Now, it looks as though there might be a rather understandable delay before we receive the next album, with Lorde revealing the toll that the passing of her pet dog Pearl has taken on her.

In a latter sent to fans recently, Lorde explained that her songwriting process had been going rather swimmingly until an unexpected tragedy took place just last month.

“I’ve been working away on the new songs for most of this year in New Zealand,” she explained. “It’s been going pretty well, but something happened last month that I need to tell you about.

“Some of you may know about Pearl, my dog. Pearl came into my life in 2018, and almost immediately changed everything for me.

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“After years on the road, I spent a lot of time at home, growing things, making food slowly, writing. I was receiving huge amounts of energy I can only describe as divine, and I was working hard to communicate it all to you by way of the album. I felt I had been given this great gift that I needed to share with you all.”

Check out Lorde’s message to fans:

Noting that Pearl had been ill for quite some time, visits to a specialist and medications managed to keep this illness in check, until an unexpected turn last month resulted in his untimely passing.

“The bright energy I was trying to communicate to you has gone, for now,” Lorde explained. “He was instrumental to the discovery that was taking place.

“I felt he led me towards the ideas. And it’s going to take some time and recalibration, now that there’s no shepherd ahead of me, to see what the work is going to be.

“So I’m asking for your patience, as 2020 comes around and you start to wonder where the next record is,” she concluded. “I have lost my boy, and I need some time to see the good again, to finish making this for you.

“It won’t be the same work— as anyone who has felt loss can understand, there’s a door that opens that you step through, and everything is different on the other side.

“But when this great loss crystallises inside me, and my chest rebuilds around it, hopefully I’ll be able to finish up, and share it with you, and we’ll all grow together, as we always do.”

Though fans may be disappointed to learn that there will be no new album in the immediate future, the reason for a lack of new music is undoubtedly being understood far and wide by Lorde’s supportive fanbase.

Needless to say, our thoughts go out to Lorde during this tough time.

Check out ‘Green Light’ by Lorde:

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