LACUNA COIL singer Cristina Scabbia has posted an emotional end-of-year message in which she revealed that she lost both her parents in 2017 and ended her more-than-decade-long relationship with SLIPKNOT guitarist Jim Root.
She wrote: "I find myself thinking about everything that happened to me in 2017. So many things have happened.
"In few months, I have lost both my parents, the two human beings I loved the most in the entire universe, the ones who always supported me and made me who I am today and will guide me until the end of my days.
"I have ended a very long relationship [which] fullfilled 13 years of my existence and my heart.
"I have spent incredible moments with LACUNA COIL, working on a record that was very successful and lots of people appreciated, touring the world, meeeting lots of new fans.
"I have lost lots of precious lives around me.
"I shared laughs and tears with my friends. I know more than ever how much I care about them.
"I like to think that everything happens for a reason. Even the most heartbreaking experiences taught me so much and gave me this feeling of... almost being invincible.
"I know that the most important things in life can't be purchased, I know love is all around me, I know I have an army of friends that I love to death, I have lots of great plans for 2018. Most of all, I do know happiness starts from the inside, regardless of what is happening on the outside.
"I wish you all a great end of the year and may 2018 be bright and full of inspiration."
LACUNA COIL will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its debut by playing a very special show, dubbed "Nothing Stands In Our Way", on January 19 at London, England's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire. The concert will be filmed and recorded for a release later in 2018.
LACUNA COIL's first-ever book, titled "Nothing Stands In Our Way", is scheduled to be published around the world in early 2018. The book is described in a press release as "the full 20-year story of the Italian gothfathers as told by the band in their own words." Illustrated throughout with rare and candid photographs, memorabilia and personal artefacts, it will see founding members Andrea Ferro, Cristina Scabbia and Marco Coti Zelati sifting through the birth, growth and full flowering of the band to tell twenty years of LACUNA COIL.
"Nothing Stands In Our Way" will be available around the world in two editions, the Classic and the limited-run Signature set.
For more information, visit LacunaCoilBook.com.