The 32-year-old singer and actress rose to fame as a teenage pop star in the late 1990s, but has not released any new music for seven years.

In 2012, Mandy announced she was working with then-husband, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, on her seventh studio album but the couple filed for divorce last year (15) citing irreconcilable differences. No new album had emerged before the couple finalised their split earlier this year (16).

However Mandy has found new love with Taylor, the frontman of folk-rockers Dawes, and admits she's reconnected with her passion for music since they began dating last June (15).

'I miss music," she tells United Airlines' Rhapsody magazine. "For the last year or so, hanging out in this world again has ignited that part of my brain. Things finally feel like they're falling into place. I'm not going to let anybody or anything hold me back anymore."

The musician also blames her efforts to make her marriage to Ryan work for the delay in making her seventh studio album, saying, "For better or worse, I poured all of myself into my relationship (with Ryan). So it's nice that that chapter of my life has closed."

The events in her personal life have led to Mandy having her choice of writing subjects for the new record, with the singer adding to the publication: "I have sooooo (sic) much to say and so much to write about."

Mandy has also had success as an actress, with roles in films such as A Walk to Remember in 2002 and Because I Said So in 2007. However, in recent years Mandy has struggled to land major TV or film roles, admitting the rejection has been tough to cope with.

"It was soul-crushing. I don't know how actors do this year in and year out. I feel like I have been treading water for a while," she says of her acting struggles.

Mandy now has a role in U.S. TV series This Is Us, and hopes to combine her rejuvenated acting career and settled home life with a bid to finally return to releasing music, adding, "I will be home and settled into a routine, and it will let me get back to figuring out how to make music."