Mirusia, André Rieu: Leading Lady Announces Pregnancy
Mirusia (she is known mostly by her Christian name like Madonna and Adele) has made her name as Dutch classical music superstar Andre Rieu’s leading lady and for the past decade the 32-year-old has been living between Maastricht in The Netherlands and Brisbane where she has a home.
This year she and her husband, her tour manager and a former celebrity bodyguard, Youri Wystyrk, 34, are spending much of their time in Brisbane as they prepare for the happy day. Mirusia is due in December.
“People have been speculating about me having a baby for years,” Mirusia says. “They have come up to me and said they could see my baby bump when I wasn’t even pregnant.”
Having a Rubenesque figure foxed some fans and Mirusia says she got a little tired of people saying that, particularly since she was trying to get pregnant without any results.
“But the baby comes when it’s ready to come,” she says and she’s thrilled that she will soon be a mum.
Mirusia, a former student of Ormiston College, graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University in 2006. She was she youngest winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award that same year and was soon discovered by Andre Rieu who flew her to The Netherlands to appear with him. She soon became a regular and having Dutch heritage was handy because she speaks the language, which helped.
Since then she has toured the world with him and charted a successful solo career and is also a best-selling recording artist. Her last gig with Rieu was in Manchester in the UK in March. She will be touring to Chile in August but we will have to wait until October to see her again in Brisbane when she will star in the Scotland The Brave Concert at QPAC.
Her new CD, From The Heart will be out in September.
This year will be less busy than some.
“I’m treating it as a bit of a gap year to take it easy and prepare for the baby,” Mirusia says. “I’m very happy. We have been looking forward to this. I was touring when I found out I was pregnant. People had been speculating for so long about it but now it’s true.”