Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill and his wife, model Lily Aldridge, are expecting their first child, a spokesperson for the band confirmed to MTV News on Thursday (December 29).
“We are thrilled to announce that we are expecting our first child together,” the couple said in a statement. “We can’t wait to meet the new addition to our family.”
The official confirmation comes one day after E! Online cited a source that said Aldridge was “approximately three months along” in her pregnancy. The two were married in May, at a ceremony held at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California after dating for more than two years.
“It was the perfect day,” Followill said of the event.
The announcement of the couple’s first child puts a happy cap on what was, by all accounts, a rather interesting year for the Kings, who came into 2011 riding their Come Around Sundown album, feuded with “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy (who would subsequently apologize for calling the band “self-centered a–holes”) and released a well-received documentary, “Talihina Sky.”
In the summer, after a much-publicized incident at a Dallas concert in which Followill claimed to suffer “heat exhaustion,” the band scrapped the remainder of their U.S. tour in support of Sundown, before returning to the road in September for a run of Canadian shows. They wrapped the year with a tour of Australia and a pair of Grammy nominations: A Best Rock Album nod for Sundown and a Best Long Form Music Video nom for “Talihina Sky.”