Speaking to the Scars And Guitars, she notes (as transcribed by Blabbermouth): "We are in touch, and recently more, because she came up with the really horrible news of being sick [Jansen recently revealed she was battling breast cancer, but has since announced she is now cancer free]. So I've been in touch with her. But ever since she joined Nightwish, I was there for her...I hope she's fine and everything is great with her and she's happy. That's what I wish. Now and then when I am in Netherlands, if I have concerts in Netherlands, she's poking by and so on and so on. It's really, really nice.
"In general, hey, I feel in metal, we are sisters in metal," she adds. "We all are like sisters in metal. We actually do support each other, all of us.
"When I started in metal, I felt a little lonely, because there were not too many girls around in the festivals I went; I was mainly the only girl all around," Tarja continues. "And nowadays it's so incredible to see so many female vocalists. They approach me - if I do not recognize them, they approach me - they come and talk. And it's really lovely. We have this really beautiful connection and a lot to share. And that is also… I really enjoy it so much nowadays. It has changed a lot."
Tarja Turunen left Nightwish under acrimonious circumstances in 2005. She was replaced by Anette Olzon, who left the band herself in 2012. Floor Jansen fronted Nightwish for a number of live shows that year before officially joining the band soon after.
This week, it was revealed that Nightwish featured in a recent episode of The Simpsons, with 2015 track Yours Is An Empty Hope making an unlikely appearance in the longrunning animated series.