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Big surprise for the metal world as Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen has announced that she is four months pregnant! Her and Sabaton drummer Hannes Van Dahl are expecting their very first child, and this could be the beginning of a new generation of metal. The announcement came on Sept 18th, an announcement that likely no one outside of a very small group of people saw coming. This will mean after they finish their tour for this year, Nightwish will be taking a year off so that the proud parents can be with their child. At this point, the band will be off to Asia to continue touring in support of Endless Forms Most Beautiful, which debuted in 2015. The concept of a Floor Jansen pregnancy came up earlier this year in a conversation between Floor and Nightwish primary songwriter Tuomas Holopainen. Tuomas sat down with TeamRock and had this to say:
“The issue of Floor having a kid came up earlier this year. I asked her if she had been thinking about having a child and she said, ‘Yeah, actually, I have.’ So I said, ‘Well, we’re thinking of having a break so if you want to…’ And here we are.
“It’s just a wonderful, beautiful thing because now she gets to be with him or her for a year before we continue so it’s perfect timing.”
It is sure to be an exciting year for Floor Jansen and Hannes Van Dahl and I am looking forward to see what happens! Meanwhile, the singer went public with the announcement by posting an image on Instagram of her drinking
a screwdriver orange juice thanking her fans for all the well wishes.