The Cure's forthcoming 14th studio album may well be their last - at least, that's according to Robert Smith.

The frontman of the iconic rock band formed in 1978 was speaking to The Sunday Times about their forthcoming album, the follow-up to 2008's '4:13 Dream', when he made the comments.

"The new Cure stuff is very emotional,” he said. “It’s 10 years of life distilled into a couple of hours of intense stuff.

"And I can’t think we’ll ever do anything else. I definitely can’t do this again.”

Smith recently teamed up with Scottish electropop trio Chvrches on their new single 'How Not to Drown', but work has been underway on The Cure's latest album as well as Smith's own solo album in recent years.

Whether fans choose to take his most recent comments with a pinch of salt is up to them, however, considering he told NME in 2019: " I think that every album we do is the last Cure album. It may well be, but if there’s another bunch of good songs then there’s no reason not to follow it up. What do we do if we’ve got seven good songs leftover? Wherever it ends up, it will be an honest decision. There’s no record company involvement. It’s just us doing it. No one is pulling the strings.”

Smith had previously revealed that the album's working title was 'Live from the Moon' and was influenced by his "experience of life's darker side" - but so far, details on its release remain unknown.