The singer, 23, announced last November she would be delaying her album release after the loss of her dog. Speaking out now for the first time in months in a newsletter obtained by Entertainment Tonight and Teen Vogue, Lorde said the end of 2019 was especially tough while she was "grieving hard for Pearl, carrying it everywhere with me."
"It all felt hollow without my boy beside me," she wrote.
Lorde rose to fame in 2013 with her first album, "Heroin," which featured the global hit "Royals." In 2017, USA TODAY dubbed her followup album "Melodrama" the best pop album of the year. She hasn't announced any formal details for a third album, but the newsletter teased new music is on the horizon.
"The work is so (expletive) good, my friend," she wrote. "I am truly jazzed for you to hear it."
The singer began working with producer Jack Antonoff in the studio again in December, with the two flying back and forth between Auckland, New Zealand, and Los Angeles. While the coronavirus has rendered working in the studio together impossible, the two are continuing to work remotely.
"We’re still working away — Jack and I FaceTimed for over an hour this morning going over everything," she added. "But it’ll take a while longer."
She also explained that stage fright and a lack of stability while touring for her last album took a toll and for a while, she wasn't sure if she'd "tour again for a long time."
"I still don’t know what touring is gonna look like for me, sensitive sweet pea plant that I am. But I know now how excited I am to get back out there," Lorde wrote. "I want to be playing festivals again — hearing my intro music, watching the band walk onstage... Who knows when it’ll be safe to do those things, but I’m craving them, and I wanted you to know."
Lorde thanked her fans for the "extremely sweet, EXTREMELY flattering" messages asking when she would release new music, noting she's taking extra time to make sure she can give them "work that will last ten, twenty, thirty years."
"I understand— I want nothing more than to feed you treats, pop perfect morsels straight into your little mouths," she concluded. "But as I get older I realize there’s something to be said for the pleasant feeling of waiting for something of quality to become available to you. You could have something of lesser quality much faster, but as the high quality thing comes into fruition, a warm feeling grows inside you."