Iggy Azalea explains album delay: ‘My personal life kind of fell apart’

The rapper's second set 'Digital Distortion' had been expected to drop this year

Iggy Azalea has explained why her second album will now not be coming out in 2016, saying: “I kind of had my personal life fall apart.”

The rapper dropped lead single ‘Team’ in March and the album, her follow-up to 2014’s debut ‘The New Classic’, had been due to follow later in the year. However, in a new interview the rapper confirmed that ‘Digital Distortion’ is now set for a January 2017 release.

“I needed a lot of time,” she told PEOPLE on Thursday night (September 29). “I mean, you wake up one morning and your fiancé is having a baby with someone else, you’re going to need some time, right?”

Azalea announced her engagement to LA Lakers basketball player Nick Young in June 2015, but a year later it was confirmed that the couple had parted ways. It has since been publicly revealed that Young is about to father his second child with a woman he dated before becoming engaged to Azalea. “It’s no secret, I kind of had my personal life fall apart,” the rapper said candidly.

Explaining how events in her personal life have affected the album’s direction, Azalea added: “I just kind of felt like, on top of me needing the personal time, [I was] then feeling, ‘Okay, I’m single now. I want to have sexy songs. I want to say stuff about being single.’ I obviously didn’t write that on my [original] album because when I wrote it I was about to get married.”