Artist marriages are not always doomed to failure

Artist marriages are not always doomed to failure
Artist marriages are not always doomed to failure
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Herman van Veen

Herman van Veen (78) has been with his third wife, Gaëtane Bouchez, eighteen years his junior, for more than thirty years. He met her in a taxi in Brussels. When they fell in love, Herman was still married to Marlous Fluitsma, with whom he has son Merlijn and daughter Anne. Before that, he was married to Marijke Hoffman, the mother of his son Valentijn and daughter Babette. Gaëtane did not always find it easy to live with Herman. “I share it not only with his children, his ex-wives, his family and his employees, but also with his audience,” she told Esta. ‘Sometimes I take a step back. For example, if it turns out that his dressing room is full of fans who want an autograph. Then I wait until there are two of us. Moments with him alone are rare, but that makes them extra valuable.’ According to Herman, their love is unconditional. “With her I find peace, with her I don’t need anything,” he said in the AD. ‘Not much is said during a walk. There is a smile. Watched. Pointed out. Look. Gosh. Yay. It’s beautiful, man. That love is always there. I love this woman very much. For thirty years.’

The article is in Dutch

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