Dutch singer Dianne Van Giersbergen has announced her departure from German symphonic metallers Xandria.
This news comes shortly after Xandria announced that Aeva Maurelle (Aeverium) will step in to rock with them the European dates in November and December.
Dianne says in a statement (hear audio below): “The moment I promised you and me that would never come is here: I am leaving Xandria. And the reason is simple: staying in the band would cause further damage to the health problems the band has caused me.
“For nearly two years now, I’ve been trying to put band and management issues on the table, with the sole reason to keep this band healthy, together and ready for the future. Today I am sad to say that my attempts failed and have been ignored, that my cries for help have been met with financial threats and emotional extortion and that my persistence to keep on going, ignoring all the warning signs, has left me with uncontrollable stress symptoms (confirmed by doctors).