Tiësto is going to be a father for the second time!
On Monday, the 53-year-old Dutch music producer announced on Instagram that he and his wife Annika Backes are expecting their second child. The two are already parents to their 16-month-old daughter, Viola Margreet.
Tiësto, whose real name is Tijs Michiel Verwest, announced the happy news alongside images of the couple at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, when Backes showed off her baby belly on the red carpet.
In one snap, the DJ places his hand on his wife's stomach, while in another, he kisses her belly. "I am having another baby with the love of my life ❤️," he wrote.
Backes posted the identical photographs to her Instagram page, along with the news that the couple is expecting a boy.
Who is Annika Backes?
Annika Backes was born on September 7, 1996. The 25-year-old grew up in Denver, Colorado. She is a model by profession and is mostly known as the wife of DJ Tiesto.
Annika Backes is represented by Elite Model Management, and the model often travels to different locations for work.
She has walked the runway at major events such as NYC Fashion Week and has been featured in publications such as Luxuriant and Inlove.
She was found by a talent scout at a mall and has stated that her favorite designer is Alexander Wang.
How did Tiesto meet Annika Backes?
Tiësto and his wife met at Catch restaurant in New York City in February 2015. The two first met through some mutual friends and instantly hit it off, according to Vogue.
"We started hanging out for the next two months, and when Coachella came around, we decided the day before to go together," Annika recalled their first meeting.
"We spent the weekend running around the festival and having the best time, just the two of us. When we didn't get tired of each other for one second, and even flew back to New York City and still didn't want to leave each other, that was when we both knew"
Tijs proposed three years later during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Because Tijs and Annika both travel a lot for work, they planned their wedding for a long time so they could figure out exactly what they wanted, which meant they were engaged for more than two years.
Annika said, “A city that we both love a lot is Las Vegas, so we started looking at venues there, but we soon decided we wanted it to take place somewhere remote,”
“We explored the option of throwing a party in the desert outside of Las Vegas. But when we got into that more, we knew it was going to be too complicated to pull off. That’s when we thought of Amangiri.”
Tijs and Annika got married in September 2019 and welcomed their first child, daughter Viola a year later.
The couple debuted daughter Viola alongside photos of the newborn in November 2020.
"Say hi to my daughter Viola Margreet Verwest 🥰 She gives me feelings I never knew I had in me.❤️❤️," Tijs wrote in the caption of the now-deleted Instagram post. "And her mom @annikaverwest is a real champion. How can you look so pretty after just giving birth?! 😍😍"