It's been a long road to reconciliation between Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds and Aja Volkman, and they just made it even more official.
The 32-year-old musician's wife revealed on Instagram late on Wednesday, Christmas Day, that he proposed to her again. In April 2018, Reynolds announced that he and Volkman, 39, had split after seven years of marriage. This past January, he said the two were "rebuilding" their relationship. In October, they welcomed a baby boy, Valentine, who joins their three daughters Arrow, 7, and 2-year-old twins Gia and Coco.
"Well, the last two years have been transformative to say the least," Volkman wrote, alongside a photo of her wearing a diamond engagement ring. "I've never caused so much hurt or been so hurt by another human in my life. It took us a long time to really see each other. We weren't reckless at all. In fact we were so careful that we didn't do what we needed to do. We didn't listen to who we were. We loved each other at the expense of everything. Two different backgrounds, and practically two different generations."
"It was a wild story that just kept getting more wild as time passed," she continued. "We wrote love songs, and we got married. Then came children. We were both emotional and driven and also hard on ourselves. We went through a whirlwind of successes and failures and we held each other tight because it was scary. But we also suffocated each other. We didn't know ourselves well enough to maintain the strength from within. And it all began to crumble."
She added, "The world was harsh. There was so much love, but also criticism and ugliness. We weren't prepared to be disliked or misunderstood. It hurt. We were distorted mirrors of each other. I missed the stage and he had too much of it. We fell apart. Our oldest daughter was suffering. Her foundation fell away and all that she knew was destroyed. We hated ourselves. The night was long. 7 months long."
"Then one evening he came to my door," she wrote. "I looked at him timidly because of all that I had gone through. Endless days of hiding in my closet crying beneath my clothes. Deep soul searching accompanied by the darkest thoughts that would eventually turn to light. He stood there on my porch and all I could see was my most favorite person staring back at me. I understood it all. We didn't need the words. We were both forgiven..but... I wouldn't put my ring back on. Even when we decided to stay together. I just couldn't go back to what we were. I told him that we would have to start again. He agreed."
She said on Christmas Day, they put their kids to bed and started to clean up the "mess of the day."
"I could see that he was nervous but I didn't know why," she said. "He got on one knee and before he could open his mouth I began to cry. Loaded tears that held nearly 10 years of growth. The answer has always been yes. Even before we knew what that meant."
In the picture, Volkman is wearing a ring featuring a pear-shaped diamond with side stones on her middle finger rather than her ring finger. She clarified that "it just needs to be sized."