These 5 Famous Dutch Have a ‘Modern Relationship’

For some well-known Dutch people, the traditional ‘little tree animal’ is not a problem. They chose, consciously or not, a more modern view of a love relationship. Think of a lazy relationship – Live separately together — where you don’t live together, but are together, a long-distance relationship or an open relationship where you leave each other free to experience other flirtations and romances. From Angela Groothuizen, who is one of the few celebrities who is honest about her open relationship, to Sylvie Meis about her ‘modern marriage‘: these celebrities found their own way to a happy relationship. By the way, did you know that outside our small country there are also many celebrities with an unconventional relationship?

5 famous Dutch people with a ‘modern relationship’:

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Katja Schuurman and Niek Schrijvershof

After sharing her first photo on Instagram, it should be clear: Katja Schuurman is happily in love again. But even though she was ready for privacy after her breakup with Freek van Noortwijk, she talks in her podcast ‘Schuurman & Spigt’ about her current relationship with 29-year-old Niek Schrijvershof, which takes unconventional forms. Her boyfriend spends most of his time in Ibiza, so they don’t live together: ‘Actually, I really like it too. Of course, I have tried the traditional form of a relationship in every possible way. I think; marry, live together, child and I don’t know. I actually don’t think it’s the ideal form for me at all’. She does talk about one and the same partner in her podcast, but she loves being alone: ​​’As far as I’m concerned, just with someone, but not on each other’s lips all the time.’


Angela Groothuizen and Rob Mooij

One of the few celebrities who is open about her open relationship is Angela Groothuizen. She made no secret of the fact that she and her husband Rob Mooij – with whom she has been together for over 30 years, but recently took a break – had fun with other men. In an interview with de Volkskrant Magazine, she said of her husband’s other partners: ‘I think it’s fine because I have leftovers,’ explains Angela. ‘I have so much happiness and love and everything I want, I’ve had enough. Do you understand? And I won’t get in his way, my dear, in the one life he has. With nothing.’ Here’s how you can see it.


Steven Brunswijk and Ayla Guiaux

Three weeks after his marriage, comedian and presenter Steven Brunswijk was ‘caught’ French kissing another woman at Amsterdam Pride. The juice channels were overflowing, but Steven was quick to offer his own statement: “People who saw me kiss another lady… And Ayla [zijn vrouw, red.] was next door kissing another lady! Hard to imagine for many of you, but that’s okay. You’re not free until you don’t fit into a box.’


Carice van Houten and Guy Pearce

Speaking of unconventional relationships, Carice van Houten hasn’t chosen the easiest path either. She fell for Australian actor Guy Pearce, forcing them into a long-distance relationship. They have a house together in Amstelveen – which really looks like it came straight out of a living magazine – but the Aussie actor can’t quite leave his homeland just yet. Carice said of this in Harper’s Bazaar: ‘We see each other as much as possible, but we have a very complicated life pattern; we work separately, irregularly, in different countries. Logistically speaking, it is a complicated puzzle that is also constantly changing. Well, never a dull moment.’


Sylvie Meis and Niclas Castello

She in Germany, he in Switzerland. Sylvie Meis and her husband Niclas Castello live deliberately apart from each other, she said in an interview during Robert Rodenburg’s program ‘Open Map’. She describes their marriage as onemodern marriage’ where they both work hard and see each other on holidays and weekends. She has a monogamous relationship, says Sylvie: ‘It’s not about freedom during the week, and at the weekend I have a boyfriend.’ She is not afraid that the distance will worsen their relationship. ‘I’ve learned as I’ve grown up that if something is ‘yours’, it should stay with you. So I don’t have to be afraid of losing it, because if so, that was it never meant to be.’

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