Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds & Wife Aja Expecting Fourth Child; Launches Monster Pain The AS
Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds and his wife Aja Volkman are expecting their fourth child together, just two months after they decided to reconcile.
"I’ve been on the road for a decade now. I’m looking to take a little bit of time off. I have three little girls, and well, I have one on the way," the 31-year-old singer told People. "I actually haven’t told anybody that. There it is. The news is out. We just found out we’re having a boy in October."
The couple share twins Gia James and Coco Rae, 2, and big sister Arrow Eve, 6. Their son will likely be the last child for the spouses, Reynolds explained, joking that "four already feels like a million kids," adding, "I think we’re done."
Back in April of 2018, Dan and his wife announced they were separating after seven years of marriage. Then, this past January, they announced they were reconciling. Reynolds and the Nico Vega frontwoman, 32, tied the knot in 2011 and started growing their family one year later.
Amid the happy news of a new baby on the way, Reynolds launched Monster Pain the AS on Wednesday – a national campaign to raise awareness of a disease he has been battling for more than a decade called ankylosing spondylitis (AS). The chronic inflammatory condition of the joints can lead to extreme pain and in worst cases, spinal fusion. Reynolds is one of the estimated 2.7 million people in the U.S. thought to have AS and is using his voice in hopes of encouraging others living with persistent, unexplained back pain to seek diagnosis and care. His brother also suffers from the debilitating disease.
To make AS "mainstream," Reynolds is partnering with the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation on their Monster Pain in the AS campaign. "I want people to get started on this process and go to website monsterpainintheas.tumblr.com where they can take a three-minute quiz to see if they have AS and hopefully get started on the process that took me years to figure out," he says. "My diagnosis has been life-changing in every possible way just because I saw a rheumatologist. That’s why those three minutes of taking the quiz are so important."
"It’s like a monster that’s just on your back. Just continually dragging you down and pulling you down," he said of the campaign’s "cheeky" slogan.