Kings of Leon Finish 2011 with Baby News: Caleb Followill Expecting First Child

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Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill is going to be a first-time dad. The singer and his Victoria's Secret model wife Lily Aldridge announced the baby news on Thursday. (PHOTO: REUTERS / Dylan Martinez)

The newest member of the Kings of Leon is in the oven.

On Thursday, lead singer Caleb Followill and his wife, Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge, released a statement confirming their baby news.

We are thrilled to announce that we are expecting our first child together . . . we can't wait to meet the new addition to our family, they told People through a rep.

Followill, 30, and Aldridge, 26, were married in California in May, after dating for more than two years.

This is not the first baby to be born into the Kings of Leon family. In April, Followill's cousin and band mate Matthew welcomed a son, Knox.

Other people in the band are getting kind of excited [to start families] now that we have a baby, Matthew told People at the time.

Caleb Followill's baby news is the latest blessing the band has received in recent weeks.

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A Kings of Leon baby is in the oven! Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge and her husband, KoL lead singer Caleb Followill, are expecting their first child together. (PHOTO: REUTERS / Lucas Jackson)

In November, the Kings of Leon received two Grammy Award nominations for their fifth studio release, Come Around Sundown, including Best Rock Album.

The band is also up for a Best Long Form Music Video award for their documentary Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April.

While the baby news is a nice cap to the band's year, 2011 was interrupted by a bizarre incident on the road.

Over the summer, in support of Come Around Sundown, the band launched a 50-plus date world tour that came to a sudden halt on July 27, when Followill walked off in the middle of a performance in Dallas.

I'm gonna go backstage and I'm gonna vomit, I'm gonna drink a beer, and I'm gonna come back out and play three more songs, he told a confused crowd before exiting.

Followill never returned, leaving his band mates to apologize to their fans:

Caleb's just a little unfit to maybe play the rest of the show . . . we're really really sorry guys. It's really not our fault. It's Caleb. He can't play the rest of the show, they said.

Rumors began to spiral in the days that followed, with some speculating that the band was breaking up and that Followill was dealing with a serious drinking problem. On Aug. 1, the Kings of Leon officially cancelled the rest of their tour, noting that Followill was suffering from vocal issues and exhaustion.

The Come Around Sundown tour resumed in Canada and Australia in late September, with the last show in Perth on Nov. 19. The remaining US dates were never rescheduled.

According to Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill, the band is now on a 6-month hiatus.

It'll be good to take six months off and be normal, enjoy being married. Matt's got a baby now. I'd say within six months we'll be getting back in songwriting mode. We can't stay gone too long or we'll get bored and fat and die of heart attacks, he told The Daily Telegraph Australia.

Following Caleb Followill's baby announcement on Thursday, his younger brother and band mate Jared took to Twitter to send his wishes.

Druncle Jared! So excited to be an uncle! Congrats Caleb & Lily! If it's a boy, we gonna be hitting da club together every night! If it's a girl . . . church, he wrote.

Formed in Nashville, the Kings of Leon first broke into the mainstream music world with their 2008 singles Sex on Fire and Use Somebody, both hailing from their fourth studio album, Only by the Night. Use Somebody earned the band three Grammy Awards in 2010, including Record of the Year.

Only by the Night went on to sell more than 6 million copies worldwide.

Talihina Sky is now available on iTunes, DVD and Blu-Ray. 

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