- In a heartbreaking email to her fans, Lorde announced that her dog Pearl died from a lifelong medical condition, and that she would likely be postponing her album, which was originally planned for 2020.
- “I have lost my boy, and I need some time to see the good again, to finish making this for you,” the 22-year-old singer-songwriter from New Zealand wrote in the email.
- Lorde wrote that she had been spending most of the year writing songs for her next album, after the release of her critically-acclaimed album “Melodrama” in 2017.
- “Pearl came into my life in 2018, and almost immediately changed everything for me,” Lorde wrote. “As anyone who has had the pleasure of raising a dog can understand, my life grew exponentially.”
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In an emotional email to her fans, Lorde announced that she would need more time to work on her next album due to the death of her dog Pearl in November.
The singer-songwriter from New Zealand wrote that she had been working on new songs in her home country for most of the year, and that getting Pearl in 2018 had changed her life for the better.
“As anyone who has had the pleasure of raising a dog can understand, my life grew exponentially,” she wrote in the email. “Pearl brought an immeasurable amount of joy and purpose into my world. Love vibrated all around us.”
She went on to say that, while the follow-up to her 2017 album “Melodrama” was expected in 2020, it will probably take more time for Lorde, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor, 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,” Lorde wrote. “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.”
Lorde’s fans rallied around the artist, sharing photos from her rare social media posts of Pearl, and the occasional shot of the singer walking her.
In her email, Lorde also wrote that she shared less online than she used to. The artist does have an unusually small online presence for stars of her age and stature in 2019. Her official accounts are mostly bare (she did use to have a secret Instagram account for onion rings, but she deleted it after the secret got out).
Lorde used to post more, she noted, including “little notes” that fans would “use to chart the constellations” in her work.
“I realised a couple of years ago that I needed to rethink my relationship with posting random shit online all the time, so here we are, a little less in contact than we once were. You are no less beloved to me, or thought of,” she wrote in her email.
We will be breaking character for a minute. Lorde's dog, Pearl, has sadly passed away. This isn't a time for joking around or saying "Where's the album", it's time to support the one person who has helped us throughout our lives with only 2 albums. #WeLoveYouLorde pic.twitter.com/x1fiMIXhwR
— LordeCrave ☀️ (@thelordecrave) November 2, 2019
On the subject of Pearl, Lorde said she spent almost all of her alone time with her dog, as he slept under the piano while she played, sat on the porch together, or “in the park, where he became a blurry speck of gold in the green, far away.”
She wrote that Pearl had suffered from illness all his life, and that a specialist had finally identified what medications he needed when his condition took a turn for the worse.
“I was holding him when he went, and I know he knew that I was there,” Lorde wrote. “But this loss has been indescribably painful, and a light that was turned on for me has gone out.”
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