Ricky Martin is taking a pause with some brand new music.

On Friday, the singer surprised fans with the release of his new EP Pausa. The six-track record, which translates to “pause,” features collaborations with Sting, Bad Bunny and more.

Martin has experienced a lot in his 48 years on planet Earth, but the COVID-19 pandemic has slapped him with a level of anxiety he had never before experienced.

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“I had never suffered from anxiety, and I left home when I was 12 [to join boy-band Menudo]. I have seen things, I have lived, but this is a new level, this is a new monster and to top it all, it is invisible,” Martin told The Associated Press via Zoom. “I spent two weeks with a poker face so my family wouldn’t be affected.

“But finally I was able to raise my head and say ‘eh, something very good has to come out of this, get creative.’ And I started making music and it was my medicine, honestly,” he continued. “Because I really felt like I was gasping for air.”

The “American Crime Story” actor wants his audience to know that it is okay to feel uncertain in a time of, well, unprecedented uncertainty: “Many people are alone, many people are suffering. We are all living an overwhelming uncertainty, everyone. It’s OK not to feel OK and seek help.”

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Martin is the latest artist to follow the uptick of surprise quarantine albums.

“The moment I heard the songs finished, I knew that following the traditional process of releasing an album was not the right route for me,” he said in a statement. “For the first time in my career, I wanted to share it my way and allow the element of ‘surprise’ to do its magic. What you are going to find on this EP is transparency, romanticism, nostalgia, and a lot of life.”

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Martin had been set to tour with Enrique Iglesias. Dates are still scheduled for the fall.