It’s been nearly five years since Jazmine Sullivan released her critically-acclaimed third studio album, Reality Show. And although fans have been dying for more of her smooth alto voice, the singer said there’s a reason why we’ve got to wait.

“So, I’ve been quiet for a min. And by a minute I mean 5 years. But I just recently experienced something that has rocked my world and turned it upside down. Life is funny like that,” she wrote in a Story on Instagram earlier this week.

“I’m almost sure it’s leading me on a path that will inspire an album. But for now an EP is on the way. Probably spring release,” the 32-year-old Grammy Award nominee teased. “Love you all.”

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Although it’s unclear what exactly has fans waiting for a taste of new music from Sullivan, this isn’t the first time the R&B singer has taken a break from the recording studio. In fact, she took a step back in 2010 after the release of her sophomore album, Love Me Back

“People thought that I stopped because my second album didn’t sell as well. That wasn’t true,” Sullivan told ESSENCE exclusively at the time. “I was going through a tough time in life. I was in a relationship, it was not good and it kinda took all my focus from everything.”

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 05: Jazmine Sullivan attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)

The singer said that abusive relationship drained her.

“When things are bad, they just take up all of your energy,” she explained. “You can’t really see straight. Once I got out of it, I realized that I had stopped doing something that I’d wanted to do all my life. Something that I had been working to do all my life. I realized that I had lost myself. That should have been the last thing I stopped—my music—because I love it.”

We hope Jazz returns to the booth soon.

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