‘Me, live outside the Achterhoek? No, Zutphen is already too busy for me’

To Drood

BACKGROUND – In Veur de Drood, well-known Achterhoekers answer sensitive questions and infernal statements. Today, Dion de Brouwer (29) is GPFan’s presenter and known for his wildly popular YouTube gaming channel TeVeelGeraagd.

By André Valkeman

1) My mental mood is:
“Both mentally and physically good. I play a lot of sports and had a lot of fun presenting GPFans. The season is over, but there will still be news about that motorsport, so we can move on with that.

I look back on a very busy time. In addition to working on Too Much Requested, I went on a trip to the Balloon World Cup in 2022. That game is a one-on-one match where you have to hold up a balloon with the two of you. A game you may have played against your brother or sister as a child.

The balloon must not touch the ground. You take turns touching him. Whoever is late, drops it on the ground, loses. It is played in a mock room, an arena with furniture and other household items as obstacles.
Daniël Lippens, SLAM! DJ and my friend, were allowed to comment on the Dutch and decide the Dutch. He asked me because I was athletic enough and have a judo background, which meant I had to be competitive. His words, huh, haha.
In the international tournament, with countless countries, I was stranded in the quarter-finals. I lost to a Spaniard who eventually won the cup. The game hit me. I want to make it big in the Benelux and maybe participate in that World Cup again.”

2) I’m mostly like ‘mien va/mo’:
“My dark eyebrows… The darkness of my appearance… That’s dad. Southern European DNA once entered his line.
The character is a mother. Stubborn. Don’t be afraid to open your mouth about anything. It sometimes clashes between the two of us. Also beautiful. It confirms that I look like her. We can discuss at length, for example, about political matters.”

3) My biggest fear is:
“Losing your family or someone you care about is of course everyone’s biggest fear. In addition to that fear, I have the fear of losing control, which I also find terrifying. For example, I have emetophobia. Fear of throwing up makes you lose control of your body. And I don’t like to drink too much either, of course that’s also a loss of control.”

4) After death there is:
“The eternal nothingness. I understand that some people like to think differently. People always want perspective. But I believe the light goes out, it stays out, and you don’t notice it.”

5) I want to remain an influencer for the rest of my life:
“I don’t feel like that. I feel more like a creator. I create content, I create things. If you classify it as an influencer, I’ll be an influencer for a very long time. Forever? No, not that.
People often say: when should you apply for a real job?! My work cannot be defined for everyone. I don’t laugh at them, but it is often the older generation who say it.
When they hear that I make a living from it, the questions disappear. I generate revenue through ad revenue, merchandise and game promotions.”

6) I can live outside the Achterhoek:
“To be honest: no. I’ve lived in the Achterhoek all my life. I lived in Zutphen for a while, also the Achterhoek of course, only it’s relatively urban for our region. Very nice, but I longed for a quiet neighborhood . Zutphen was almost too busy for me. Now I live in Lochem.”

7) Humans are monogamous:
“In my relationship it is and was. But that is a human need, an intention, not biology. If two individuals do not want to give up freedom and still want a relationship, then a non-monogamous relationship is also a solution. The most important thing is to make agreements about this and to comply with them. Cheating is hurting someone.”

8) This is why I cried for the last time:
“It was five years ago. My parents’ cat died. I laugh now because it’s not a person, a cat seems like such a small thing. He died so sad that my parents were on vacation. Then I had to bury him. “

9) People with an accent are:
“Beautiful. My parents raised me without a dialect, but my in-laws speak very flatly. No matter the dialect, it gives a person a warm character.”

10) This is what is written on my tombstone:
“I think, but I’m only 26, that something will come out of: ‘I’ve lived’. I have not put anything off and have lived my life as exuberantly as possible. I even said to my boyfriend recently, ‘if I drop dead on the spot, I’m at peace with it’.”

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