Dan Reynolds Reflects on Divorce, Co-Parenting, and New Album ‘Loom’

Reynolds opens up about divorce, co-parenting, and new album Loom in candid interview

Dan Reynolds and Aja Volkman. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, KEVIN MAZUR/GETTY)
Dan Reynolds and Aja Volkman. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, KEVIN MAZUR/GETTY)

Imagine Dragons’ frontman Dan Reynolds has opened up about the challenges and growth he’s experienced since his 2022 separation from singer Aja Volkman.

Despite the inevitable heartache that accompanies a divorce, Reynolds is confident he made the right decision for himself and his family.

Reynolds, 36, spoke candidly to PEOPLE about the journey he and Volkman have navigated since their split, emphasizing their commitment to maintaining a united front for their four children: Arrow, 11, twins Gia and Coco, 7, and Valentine, 4.

He acknowledges that divorce is inherently painful, especially when there’s still a deep care for the other person.

“Divorce is really hard, especially when you really care about the person,” Reynolds says. He and Volkman announced their separation in 2022, and their divorce was finalized in March of this year.

“I think because our marriage didn’t end because of infidelity or things like that, we’ve been able to communicate through the whole process. There’s never been a moment of anger between the two of us — just hurt.”

The singer, who married Volkman when he was just 23 and she was 31, reflects on the changes they both underwent over their 11-year marriage.

Dan Reynolds in November 2022. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, CASEY FLANIGAN/IMAGESPACE/SHUTTERSTOCK)
Dan Reynolds in November 2022. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, CASEY FLANIGAN/IMAGESPACE/SHUTTERSTOCK)

The couple worked tirelessly to stay together, even seeking help from various therapists, but ultimately realized that parting ways was the best decision for their family. 

“We worked really hard to stay together and went through a lot of different therapists,” Reynolds shares. “It’s one of those things where I know that the right decision was made, but also there’s a lot of pain still.

Even when you know something’s the right decision doesn’t mean that it is an easy decision. Especially when you have kids involved. There’s a lot more at play than just the two of you and your hearts.”

In the midst of these personal upheavals, Reynolds has turned to his music as a form of emotional expression and catharsis. Several tracks on Imagine Dragons’ latest album, Loom, reflect the complex emotions tied to his divorce.

Music, for Reynolds, has always been a way to process his feelings and experiences, from his early days grappling with Mormonism to the recent challenges of heartbreak.

“That’s the way I process life, is through music,” he explains. “Whether it was Mormonism or heartbreak or joy or sadness, music has always been my go-to to see how I’m feeling and express it.”

Reynolds has since found new love with actress Minka Kelly but emphasizes that Volkman remains a significant and respected part of his life, particularly as the mother of their children. His role as a father is a source of immense joy and fulfillment.

Dan Reynolds performing with Imagine Dragons in August 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, MATTHEW BAKER/GETTY)
Dan Reynolds performing with Imagine Dragons in August 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, MATTHEW BAKER/GETTY)

“[Fatherhood] is my favorite part of life. It brings me immense joy,” he says. “I count myself really lucky that I have an incredible co-parent.”

As Imagine Dragons prepares to take Loom on their largest North American headlining tour to date, Reynolds is focused on the themes of the album, which blend reflections on the past with a cautious optimism for the future. The album represents a new beginning for Reynolds, one that is tinged with both fear and excitement.

“The album is really [about the] present, but it’s also looking into the past and the future, being a little fearful of what’s to come but excited — [it’s about] new beginnings,” he says.

Reynolds’ journey from the dissolution of his marriage to the creation of Loom and the upcoming tour illustrates his resilience and dedication to personal growth.

His ability to channel his pain into art continues to resonate with fans and serves as a testament to his enduring creativity and strength.

For more insights into Dan Reynolds’ journey and the making of Loom, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands this week.

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