New Zealand-born singer/songwriter Lorde announced that her newest album has been postponed indefinitely after the recent death of her dog.
Lorde revealed the sad news in the form of a note to fans. She began with, "Pearl came into my life in 2018, and almost immediately changed everything for me. As anyone who has had the pleasure of raising a dog can understand, my life grew exponentially. Pearl brought an immeasurable amount of joy and purpose into my world. We spent almost all our time alone together, him asleep under the piano as I played, or on the porch together, or in the park, where he became a blurry speck of gold in the green, far away."
Pearl had been adopted last year by the two-time Grammy winner. The pup had been sick off and on, and Lorde had been trying to cure him. But her efforts turned out to be in vain.
"Everything was looking good," Lorde revealed. "But one day we woke up and I knew, in that way mothers do, that he was sicker than we had realised, and that we were nearing a point where his body wasn’t going to be able to cope. I rushed him to the specialists. Pearl had two cardiac arrests about an hour apart, and after the second one, he died. I was holding him when he went, and I know he knew that I was there."
"A light that was turned on for me has gone out. The bright energy I was trying to communicate to you has gone, for now. 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," she added.
In the light of the devastating news, Lorde concluded by asking her fans to please be patient as to when her newest album will come out.
"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."