Lorde Delays New Album Release Following Dog’s Death — ‘I’m Asking For Your Solitaire’
November 4, 2019
This is so sad.
In a letter to newsletter subscribers on Saturday, Lorde announced the “indescribably painful” loss of her beloved dog Pearl, who had been “instrumental” to the efforts she had been putting into her new album.
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Penning a heartfelt announcement, the 22-year-old shared:
“To my friends, I’m writing this letter to you because it’s always been my intention to be transparent with you about my life and what happens to me…I’ve been working away on the new songs for most of this year in New Zealand. It’s been going pretty well, but something happened last month that I need to tell you about.”
She continued, explaining some of the things she and Pearl enjoyed doing together:
“Some of you may know about Pearl, my dog. Pearl came into my life in 2018, and almost immediately changed everything for me. Pearl brought an immeasurable amount of joy and purpose into my world. Love vibrated all around us. I felt my life growing and swelling in healthfulness, this orb of contentment glowing around me and Pearl, and our family. 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. 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.”
Unfortunately, Pearl began to fall seriously ill in October:
“Pearl had been ill in various forms his entire life. It was a long process of figuring out what this illness was, and after he dropped some weight over a few weeks in October, a kind specialist finally honed in on the problem. I was giving Pearl the medicines to get him back on track, and everything was looking good. But one day we woke up and I knew, in that way mothers do, that he was sicker than we had realized, and that we were nearing a point where his body wasn’t going to be able to cope. 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. But this loss has been indescribably painful, and a light that was turned on for me has gone out.”
The New Zealand native divulged more of the seemingly intense effect her pup had on her new music:
“Pearl visits me in dreams, and I am able to see or hold him for a brief time most nights. But 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.”
While Lorde acknowledges the solitaire her fans have exhibited waiting for her new album, they will need to hold on just a bit longer as she continues to process her grief and eventually finish the work:
“So I’m asking for your solitaire, as 2020 comes around and you start to wonder where the next record is. 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.”
Give the full note a read (below):
Lorde talks about delaying her next album due to the loss of her dog and friend, Pearl pic.twitter.com/GSa17UUs5g
— Lorde Daily (@LordeDaily) November 2, 2019
Our thoughts go out to you, Lorde!
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