Carlos O’Connell of Fontaines D.C. will be stepping back from touring while he and girlfriend French actress Joséphine de La Baume await the birth of their first child.
Sharing the news on Instagram, Carlos post a snap of himself with a baby carrier, revealing he would not be taking part in the band’s upcoming concerts in Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.
Writing: “I will not be attending these shows with Fontaines due to the little less imminent, yet a little more unpredictable, birth of my first child.”
“I am truly in awe at the idea of new life, this little one has become the reason why I do anything since I found out about her. In saying it all, I am more gutted than I expected to be at the prospect of missing these shows. I can’t wait for the day I get to go to that end of the world with my boys.”
Stepping in for Carlos at the shows will be Cathal MacGabhann from fellow Irish band The Altered Hours.
“Lastly, for those asking ‘but who’s gonna do all the weird shit that he does now?’ Well after testing out a few over the last 8 months, we finally found an amazing modified vacuum cleaner that has settings just right for most of the songs,” he joked.
“I’m sad I don’t even get to be in the crowd for these ones.”
“Cathal from The Altered Hours put in all the work I stretched out over a period of 5 years into one stressful Christmas and he’s come out sounding better than any Hoover could’ve done. I’ve full faith in this man’s talent as a player and passion for music.”
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Carlos and Joséphine announced they were expecting last month, with a maternity photoshoot in French fashion magazine L’Officiel.
Sharing pictures from the shoot on Instagram, Carlos said: “Blessed with a year of surprise and beauty. on to the next: chapter 1.”
Here’s wishing them well as they await their little one’s arrival.