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Here we transcribe the letter Tarja made public, 2 days ago:

Since last Sunday morning, I have been asked to express my position by magazines, newspapers, radio and TV stations, fan clubs and fans from Finland and from all over the world. So many in total that it is physically impossible for me to find the time to reply to them all individually. Hence I decided to put down a couple of words in this text to let my fans, family and friends and the public know how I feel after the recent events.

This is a moment of grief and pain and I find it very hard to speak.

At the moment I am in Argentina. I hope you can understand that after this shocking life change comparable to a divorce, I didn't want to stay alone at home in Finland. My husband had booked his tickets to Argentina many months ago and I decided to travel with him at the last minute.

But the fact that I am in Argentina and the long distance should of course not be an excuse not to comment on the situation.

Last Friday 21st of October was a day the whole band had been waiting for a long time.

Practice started early in the morning. I was very sick and nervous because of the fact that I was not even able to sing during the rehearsals.

Also nervous because the concert programme was going to be longer than usual for a Nightwish concert. Furthermore we were going to have a special guest to perform with us, more wardrobe changes for myself than usual and for the first time big screens and bigger production on stage.

Not to forget that the concert was going to be recorded and filmed.

The five of us had finally made it to play Hartwall Arena.

Even though every one of us knew in advance that the concert was sold out, finally on stage, we saw that screaming, applauding and standing people took every seat. The feeling was unbelievable.

I will never forget how amazing it was to experience the Finnish audience's gorgeous reception.

When the concert was over, I cried of happiness on stage. Happy tears because I was able to do my best as always even though I was sick. Happy tears because our long tour got the greatest possible ending and happy tears because of the best recognition an artist can get: applause and smiling faces.

At that moment I didn't know that I was going to cry again soon.

After the concert, the guys of the band invited me backstage to join them and asked me to hug altogether. This felt strange as it was the same kind of hug we traditionally came together for before every concert. That tradition remained between us, even though the tension and increasing pressure already existed since a long period of time.

The immediate feeling in me was to thank them, which I did loudly but without any reply.

After this, they gave me a letter and asked me to read it the following day. The same letter that is now public.

I read it and was shocked.

I didn't know what to say and still at the moment that I am writing these lines, I don't.

I sense great anger in that letter and I continue to have very confused feelings about it, but I don't want to reply to this anger with an even greater anger. Private matters should never be taken to the public.

I know this moment we are going through is very sad for everybody, including the guys.

While there would have been so many different possibilities and ways to express what they wanted to tell me with the letter, I remain unable to understand the way they chose to handle this. I am sorry that the guys got me so wrong. I don't recognize myself at all from the way they described me.

They mentioned mean things about me, but the fact that they involved Marcelo, my husband, crossed the line. He is the man I love, my friend and has been my biggest support over the last years.

We have been band mates for 9 years, experienced good times and not so good ones. I thought I knew them, but I was wrong.

Still everything that has happened is not enough to make them evil in my eyes.

Now comes a time to calm down and reflect upon all of this.

I need to put my feelings together again and I promise to come back to public soon.
I will announce a press conference where I will be talking about my future plans. This doesn't mean that you should expect this conference to be an instrument to attack anybody. It won't.

The wonderful music we created together won't be touched by recent events.

Thanks a lot to all the people who are supporting me during these sad times. My family, friends, colleagues, and the great number of fans. I love you and I really feel I have not failed you.

Tarja

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LayerBox Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Without Tarja, Nightwish is dead, have no power. The new vocalist have no power, in voice, in words... no penetration, electricity inside of body which we should feel.
I wanted to go this year to Nightwish's Event, but not anymore...
This all i have to say.
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DoomBlackDragon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
they kicked her out because the bound leader wanted to sleep with her. She got married and no longer on the market. So they kicked her out. Baster should have his dick cut off for that.
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SuperShepherd52 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Bullshit :P Tuomas is clear in his claims, and this just seems like her last throw to save her public image.
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Inanna-Ishtar Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
I have read both letters with abject emotions. Never a fan of metal bands until Tarja and Nightwish with "Sleeping Sun." I had not heard such a perfect match since Celine Dion's "The Power of Love." Now, they are torn, as am I. Going out on a limb, I recall the damage Bobby Brown brought to Whitney Houston, and suspect that Tarja's husband was behind her need for more money. (What was his occupation before the wedding? after the wedding?) I could be wrong.
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metagideon Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
Why didn't the band as a whole including her hubby if he were part of the tension go to dinner together and drinks, and sit like adults and openly, freely discuss each one of their feelings before it boiled over into a chickenshit letter. Read it the next day? Why? So they could run and hide? I am an American so this letter may seem hostile but its not, and don't get me wrong Im not apologizing in any way shape or form for being a U.S. citizen,born and raised. My point is that here in the US when you fire someone from a job , you do it to their face. You don't send a message , you do it in person ,like you have a pair. If you can't face the one you are firing , its a good sign that it is not the proper course of action, or that you know you are wrong. Its cowardly,period. My opinion, but you don't do a show, hug, hand a letter'READ THIS TOMORROW" and then celebrate or do whatever they did. Its just like I said a chickenshit thing to do. Jeff Harwood.
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Lily-Ash Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
and don't even let her tell her side of the story*
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Lily-Ash Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
I can't blame either side, yet both of them take their toll.
Why did the band left this issue going on for 1 year of Tarja's absence? Why dindn't she tried to communicate with the band? They spent several years together, there should've been at least a reason for it.
There's something shady here, pheraphs both sides are telling the truth with lies in betwen.

It is possible that she has become greedy, not everyone can resist the temptation, specially being away from each other as Tarja did. Yet if things weren't going well, if she had mention something, peraphs the band could reach to an agreement?

But they are to blame too, after 1 year they send her a letter and don't let her even want to hear her side of the story? I tell you, there's something more in here than they let know.
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iluvme4never Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
well, you can't really place all of the blame on either side. i mean, i've read the letter from Tuomas as well. she probably did become greedy and isolated compared to how she was when she first joined up, however, it doesn't seem like they really attempted to talk out their problems, which could've at least helped fix the situation. but, eh, what do i know about specific circumstances...
its still a great loss, no matter which way you look at it.
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REPLAYMASTEROFTIME Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
I really don't like the fact that Tarja Was kicked out. I only became a proper fan of Nightwish about a year ago, before then i had heard a few of their songs and thought it wasn't bad, but didn't really get into it as such. I wasn't REALLY into metal of any type at that stage, but when i started to REALLY get into metal, i decided to review my opinion of Nightwish. I only found out today that she was kicked out because i purchased Dark Passion Play yesterday and realized that the singer sounded different, so i decide to research it. Don't get me wrong, Anette isn't a bad singer, but she has a voice more suited to Pop *shudder* and doesn't have the right voice for Nightwish, Tarja DID have the right voice and it was perfect. Personally I don't believe that Tarja became greedy (yes it is possible), i think that the reason that the rest of Nightwish kicked her out is because they became jealous because she was getting more attention. This hasn't shaken my liking for Nightwish but i still like the old stuff better, and the new stuff would sound better if Tarja was still with them.
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EtherealLenne Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
That is if possible the most stupid thing I've read here in awhile. Without saying who's right or wrong of Tarja and the rest of the members they wouldn't have kicked her out of the band due to jealousy. Read between the lines as Tarja says nothing about them being completlety insane and wrong about their accusions. Please, we're talking about an international band here, not some high school shait.

Jealousy may have been a part of it, but it's not enough. I don't believe the whole issue was Tarja becoming to greedy either, but it's some truth in it. Why? A person has a million bad abilities. For whatever reason they wanted her out they wrote a LOT about that. Thus, there is probably something in it, since well,they're not stupid. They won't write a public letter filled with lies.
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REPLAYMASTEROFTIME Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Yes i believe that your comment has SOME worth to it, and yes i did read elsewhere Tarja did start to become "greedy" but not to the extent that the rest of the band was making out. i still stand by my statement that one of the main reasons they kicked her out was jealousy. However i do not discount your comment and have taken it on board.

P.S. There is this magic thing called "Spell Check." I suggest that you use it.
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EtherealLenne Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
Well, obviously we disagree on that. No one can agree on everything in this world anyway :D

P.S: I'm sorry that you find my spelling so horrible, I'm not English and I'm generally pleased with what I wrote up there. Atleast I don't write "I" using lowercase. So I suggest you comment my spelling after fixing your mistake at the most basic English grammar rule. :D
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REPLAYMASTEROFTIME Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
I'm sorry you took that that way, I in no way was attempting to say anything hurtful, I meant it as a joke. I understood everything you wrote. And as for the lowercase "i"s, I was at school and needed to post it quick so I did not think to check for that sort of thing.

I am sorry if you took offense at my statement
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EtherealLenne Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
No worries, I didn't really take offence xD I'm just really really really a bitch when it comes to replying to stuff ^^; I hope you didn't take mine offensive either really ^^;

And ugh, we all know how school is. Haha, exams soon, God I really do hate them.
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REPLAYMASTEROFTIME Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Yes exams are terrible, especially in year 12

And no i didn't take offense
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EtherealLenne Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
Haha; yeah, I'm in year 12 too >.< Idiotic school <.<

Goood~ :D
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maccollo Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
Shame really.
While the new singer's not bad, her voice isn't unique like Tarja's.
Anyway there's really no way of telling which side is telling it like it is, or if it's
just a lack of communication.

However... Tarja's obviously omitting quite a bit in her response. The way she describes it, it seems everything was just fine. But it doesn't make any sense at all for the rest of the band to kick out the most prominent member for no reason.
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Raider2099 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Well anyways... I am about three years late with this.

I am a HUGE TARJA Fan and NIghtwish...but i have this weird thing of seeing both sides of the coin.

The open letter by Nightwish was shocking and equally shocking was Tarja's letter and both of their respective comments.

Now I wonder, who to believe.

Heck, I am listening to Tarja's songs right now.!!

Nightwish and Tarja...Hope you get back together and may the band have TWO female vocalists!! Now that'd be cool!!

AGain...NIGHTWISH AND TARJA....LIVE FOREVER in a Dark Chest of Wonders
No one walks Alone..Tarja No One!!

PS: Reply to [link]
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MorbidDramaQueen10 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
It sounds to me like there is just a great lack of communication between the two sides of the band. Too bad, they sounded great. Still do too, just not as....IDNK, original, I suppose.
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Snakebloke Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Im sorry to be so blunt but Tarja is full of shit, I have friends in Oslo and Stockholm and here in England that have met them and described how arrogant and condescending she was. People need to look at both sides of the story and decide what is true and what isn't. I am sure that Tuomas and the othe rmembers padded out their dismissal letter a bit, whatever...but I am even more sure that this letter is a load of b*ll*cks. She is simply salvaging her reputation as an artist so that she can keep a fanbase and keep a revenue.

Like i said i am sorry if i am offending anyone with this, it is not my intention, but i trust my friends implicitly and when they say she has a nasty personality then I am convinced of that...I like Anette a lot, far more than i did Tarja as an artist...
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MorbidDramaQueen10 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Um...okay. I've just started being a fan of the band, like, three weeks ago. She sounded liked a a vain person when I started reading about her, I just knew a lot of fans liked her, and wasn't really in the mood to piss people off/get cussed at a ton so I was pretty fair about my review. I agree with you on most of that, I just wasn't so blunt. Or blunt at all. So whatev. I just thought, like Tuomas had said, she was once a sweet artist who turned into a greedy media whore.
But whatever. I'm just into the music. Who cares about the drama?
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Snakebloke Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Yeha i can agree on that, a lot of the stuff Tarja did with them is still pretty awesome, but in a different way to what it is now...anyways tbh im a mega-massive QOTSA fan so this doesnt concern me that much anyways :D
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THE-N3CR0M4NC3R Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Very late reply from me but cant help it..

Nightwish have really lost a lot of their fan base with the so called "dismissal" of tarja..
Her voice and Tuomas's writing are what made that band..

They will never be the same again :(
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PoofyPoncho Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
She has the better voice, out of her and Annette. I mean both are beautiful women, but I gotta be honest. Tarja, was an 8 outta 10, but her voice makes her a 12 outta 10. So Tarja, if your hubby and you ever get in a, well I don't wanna bring that up, but.. Yeah, haha, if anything ever happens, come to me, I will love on ya :D. Besides all of that, Tarja's voice, is friggin God Given. She is a Goddess voice, and it was what made NIGHTWISH imo.. Damn, I love NEMO, by NIGHTWISH, my favorite song. Just too damned good. :D
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Artcandie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Im not sure whom i believe tarja or the band. either way it's a great loss, although the new lead singer has a pretty good voice.
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Gindege Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will miss her voice within Nightwish...I dont exactly understand what went wrong and if the group overreacted to her behaviour or not (actually, they kinda did...it's really mean what they did to her). Oh well, nobody is perfect I guess and such famous bands do get a lot of pressure...it's hard to stay together. I went to a concert of nightwish yesterday, their new singer is pretty good and the band still has lots of power =).
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Most-Haunted-Freak Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008   Writer
She is an awesome singer - y did she leave Nightwish?? xx
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chiyuko Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007
It's kind of sad that they gave her their letter after such an amazing concert, and Tarja said that she was so happy, too... But I wouldn't really blame the others for making their decision, if what they said was true. But I wonder why they involved her husband? o__O

Well I hope that Tarja will be successful in her solo career. (: She is an amazing singer, but I will miss her songs with Nightwish. It makes me a bit sad to know that they will no longer perform new songs together.
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DoomBlackDragon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
It because Nightwish wanted her as a sex slave. She would not sleep with them so they booted her out and brought in a chick that would. It clear as day to anyone who can read between the lines.
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the-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Sorry for replying late to this. x) Her husband's a businessman. Apparently, he got involved with the band, you know... And Tuomas, and the other guys didn't agree with that, obviously.
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chiyuko Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Oh I see~ thanks! 8D
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the-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
No problem. :)
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XxSilverFalconxX Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007
that is so very unfortunate, she has such an amazing voice, and it's a shame they had to basicly kick her out of the group....
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TarekIshmal Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007   Photographer
I love Tarja's contributions to Nightwish, but... they're right. Money is a necessary evil, but it's an evil that need to be restrained. Tarja is an incredible singer and I hope that she does great in her vocal career, but it saddens me greatly that she screwed up her chances with Nightwish.
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FlamelessNight Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007   Digital Artist
Nightwish is never going to sound the same without her.
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Final-Flo Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007
Couldn't she have stayed if they made the letter less angry, and at least if they wouldn't have involved her husband in it.... :(
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Valgrindar Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
I guess it sucks that they lost her voice, but honestly, she was a terrible band member.
They went out of their way to do TONS of shit that she requested, and would ONLY benefit her. She fell victim to that stupid dream of fame and fortune.
Good riddance!
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Valgrindar Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
My apologies; I didn't look carefully at the top. I got the link from Wikipedia, and I was viewing this merely as a metalhead; not a specific fan of Tarja.
So please, do not accuse me of wasting my time by commenting on something I don't even like.
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DoomBlackDragon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Tarja is the victim of their abuse. It clear they only saw her as a sexy toy. Anna most likely takes the band member at the same time. It like the only time she got their cocks out of her mouth is because she is on stage singing.
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hinapeach Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
i love tarja! poor girl
thx for posting it teehee
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hinapeach Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
thx if been looking for that lol!
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smallflame Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GOD! tahts messed up. I want to give her a huge hug and say am so sorry plus hehe. I got a real Atorpharge of her hehe for my b-day hehe. she did it special for me
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ThePhenomNemesis Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
no one can be her and no one can be like her
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naruzo Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
yeah i really miss her voice on nightwish music
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Tangib1e Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006
Also, no one can really like her for what she did. But of course, she has lots of other great qualities. I think.
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firemage7342 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007  Hobbyist
forgive me for coming in at a late time on this, i was checking out nightwish via a reference from a friend, but why exactly was she fired? i hear too many rumors, so i wanted to know the real reson.
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chiyuko Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007
Sorry to randomly reply (and months after XD), but you can read the reason in the open letter by the other Nightwish members here --> [link]
I still believe that Tarja is an amazing singer, but I will truely miss her songs with Nightwish.
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firemage7342 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007  Hobbyist
yes, she was an excellent singer. and thank you for the link. ^^
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chiyuko Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
^___^
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AshlieNelson Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
This is so sad :(
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