Lorde shared a letter to her newsletter subscribers this weekend to share last month’s passing of her recently adopted dog, Pearl, which will in part delay the release of her upcoming third album.
According to the letter, Pearl suffered two cardiac arrests an hour apart, dying after the second. The singer said she needs time to “see the good again,” with album work possibly returning in 2020.
“I was holding him when he went, and I know he knew that I was there,” Lorde said. “But this loss has been indescribably painful, and a light that was turned on for me has gone out.”
Lorde initially shared her third album was “in the oven,” per an Instagram story this summer. She noted in the letter the work to continue next year won’t “Be the same.”
“So I’m asking for your patience, as 2020 comes around and you start to wonder where the next record is,” Lorde wrote to close the letter. “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 crystallizes 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.”