They split in April after seven years of marriage, but Imagine Dragons front man Dan Reynolds still thinks his estranged wife Aja Volkman is a ‘babe.’
Reynolds accepted the Hollywood Documentary Award at the Hollywood Film Awards Sunday night for his HBO documentary Believer, giving Volkman a shout-out during his acceptance speech.
‘Where are you babe?’ Reynolds said during his acceptance speech, while searching for her in the crowd.
‘Oh, there you are,’ the singer continued. ‘This is my girl, Aja, and she’s from Eugene, Oregon.’
‘She studied the stars and grew up on astrology, and I grew up on Mormonism, and her parents worshipped The Grateful Dead, and my parents worshipped Jesus Christ,’ he continued.
‘And we met, and I was like, “Oh, praise the lord, a break!” And she was like, “Oh, a guy who’s all conservative. Great!”‘
Shout-out to Aja: ‘Oh, there you are,’ the singer continued. ‘This is my girl, Aja, and she’s from Eugene, Oregon’
He added during his speech that when he first met Volkman, who is the lead singer of the indie rock band Nico Vega, he, ‘really had a crush on her,’ while admitting, ‘I never had to think about it because I’m a privileged white, straight male.’
He turned to Volkman and said she, ‘sat at the table with me, and you talked with me, and you taught me,’ adding, ‘You’re the reason I’m here. I love you.’
The singer then encouraged others to do the same, stating, ‘Please have these conversations with people. It leads to things like this and it will save our youth.’
Love for Aja: ‘She studied the stars and grew up on astrology, and I grew up on Mormonism, and her parents worshipped The Grateful Dead, and my parents worshipped Jesus Christ,’ he continued
Reynolds both starred in and executive produced the documentary Believer, which followed the Mormon singer, exploring how the church treats its LGBTQ members.
The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where it was the runner-up for the festival’s inaugural Sundance Festival Favorite Award.
HBO picked up the distribution rights after its Sundance premiere, with the film debuting on the premium cable network in June.
Dan and Aja: Reynolds and Volkman were married in March 2011, and have three daughters together, six-year-old Arrow and 19-month old twins Gia and Coco
Reynolds and Volkman were married in March 2011, and have three daughters together, six-year-old Arrow and 19-month old twins Gia and Coco.
The couple announced in April that they were splitting up after seven years of marriage, and while discussing their split, he still praised Aja for making him who he is.
‘Aja is the reason that I am anything today,’ Reynolds said. ‘All the activism in my life, all the musical accomplishments in my life, come from her. She’s my best friend, she’s been my creative partner for 10 years, and hopefully for the rest of my life.’
He added that, ‘Marriage is already difficult to begin with, and then when you add a husband who is gone 90% of the year, doing something that I really believe in, it’s just tough.’