In case the ramifcations of a global pandemic and lockdown weren't being felt keenly enough already, Lady Gaga has postponed the release of her upcoming album Chromatica.
Mother Monster, who marked her return to the electro-pop sound of her early career with latest single 'Stupid Love' last month, had been set to release her long-awaited sixth studio album in just two and half weeks' time, on 10 April.
But in a statement posted to social media on Tuesday (24 March), Gaga confirmed that the record will not be released as planned.
"I wanted to tell you, that after a lof of deliberation, I've made the incredibly tough decision to postpone the release of 'Chromatica', Gaga wrote.
"I will release a new 2020 release date soon."
The Grammy and Oscar-winning star continued: "This is such a hectic and scary time for all of us, and while I believe art is one of the strongest things we have to provide joy and healing to each other during times like this, it just doesn't feel right to me to release this album with all that is going on during this global pandemic."
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 24, 2020
Gaga, who confirmed she still plans to take her 'Chromatica Ball Tour' on the road this summer despite swathes events being cancelled already, twisted the knife in by revealing she'd also been planning on making a surprise appearace at the now-postponed Coachella musica festival next month.
Urging fans to stay safely at home during the pandemic, she added: "I hope you can see that when the album does come out, I want us to be able to dance together, sweat together, hug and kiss each other, and make it the most bombastic celebration of all time."