He says he needs to be with his family following the death of his stepdaughter

[b]John Lydon[/b] has postponed the recording of [b]Public Image Ltd[/b]’s new album in order to mourn his stepdaughter, [b]The Slits[/b]’ [b]Ari Up[/b].

The singer, real name [b]Arianna Forster[/b], died of cancer on October 25 aged 48. [b]Lydon[/b] has said he is not yet ready to return to music-making with the reunited post-punk band.

“We were going to go into the studio but in light of my stepdaughter’s death I really can’t be doing that at the moment,” he told BBC News.

He added: “I don’t want to leave my wife alone for any length of time right now. So the music side has had to be held.”

[b]Lydon[/b] said he feels the delay will ultimately benefit the album’s sound, adding that his [b]Public Image Ltd[/b] bandmates “all understand” his reasons.

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