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Megan Thee Stallion announced a temporary musical hiatus on Thursday (April 22), letting fans know that Thee Hot Girl is taking a hot minute to unplug and recharge.

The “Savage” rapper posted two sci-fi photos of herself on Instagram, where she’s wearing a chrome-plated respirator while submerged in an aquatic tank. Although the newspaper-printed bodysuit fits with her Good News album aesthetic, fans think the “What’s New” artist is ready to enter a new era of her career — she’s just taking some time off first.

The Grammy-winning rapper shared an animated video of a lab where a computerized message for the Hotties fanbase appeared, which reads: “Megan Thee Stallion is recharging! Due to the demands of the Hot Girl lifestyle <Meg> has now entered a period of regeneration to prepare for what’s next. ….In her absence; mgmt will manage all social posting on behalf of Thee Hot Girl Coach. [[Thee Hotties]] lead a brave //RESISTANCE in anticipation for the return of their Fearless Captain!”

Chloe Bailey of Chloe x Halle, Syd, Karlae and more applauded Meg on how she went public with her decision to take a much-needed break. In 2020 alone, the breakout rapper earned her first and second No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with her Houston hometown hero Beyoncé (“Savage” remix) and Cardi B (“WAP”); championed Black women and fought for their support after she was shot in an incident with Tory Lanez; released her debut album Good News; and made it on the Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.

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The 26-year-old artist will need the “period of regeneration” before music festival season, when she’s scheduled to perform at Rolling Loud Miami and Afro Nation Portugal in July as well as Bonnaroo and Parklike (the latter of which she’s one of the headliners alongside Disclosure and Dave) in September.

She reassured her fans once more of the temporary status of her break on Twitter, saying, “I’ll be back when it’s time.”

See Meg’s announcement below.

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