Sorry, again there has
been some delay..
Here we go again!
DA: do you think
you're a good father?
Helmut: "Actually you
should ask my daughter. She's 14 by now and she wants to live her
life anonymous and autonomous. I understand and respect. But I do
believe that for me it's better to be a good father who really
wants to educate his daughter, than a father who's her best
friend. I am strict but righteous."
DA: your daughter
wants to live anonymous, might not be that easy when Lotti happens
to be your father..
Helmut: "'We'll see.
This happens to be my "lijfspreuk". The one I use so very often
for so many things in my life.."
DA: you're hiding your
Helmut: "The older I
get, the more I realize that one has to cherish real love. "Real
love doesn't ask, real love isn't loud"..
This happenes to be
a line, late Carol's dad read us during our wedding ceremony...
But of course I won't "go incognito" hidden behind sunglasses
and I won't close up my girlfriend. I won't feel paranoide. I try
to live my life as normal as possible as I actually always did."
DA: you more often
mentioned during this interview that you're quite a "complicated
person", still everyone in Flanders think that you're the perfect
Helmut: "Which I
actually am! (smiles) I guess I am a well behaved man. This is
what possible mothers-in-law do appreciate, although there have
been moments that I felt like some "hurried wild" and this for me
as being not that "stress steady", wasn't that nice. When I all of
a sudden am surrounded by 30 or 40 people, I want that someone
saves me and gets me out of it."
DA: what should
potential mothers-in-law should keep in mind?
Helmut: "My healthy
dose self assurance."
DA: what are your good
Helmut: "I am
generous, able to forgive and social, just until I am getting
tired or hungry. (!?) Oops Helmut.. What
does this mean?
egocentric, not egoistic. Because I am that much occupied with
myself, I sometimes don't see what happens around me.
DA: one more good
quality: you're not that poor, on the contrary, still you're not
"throwing away" your money. Boats, limousines, it apparently isn't
your "kind of stuff".
Helmut: "But I don't
have any problems with people who do race in a Ferrari. I once
happened to ride in this kind of car, the one of Frank
Vandenbroucke (Belgian famous biker/cyclist) and I did like that
kind of "sophisticated gocart" and it made such a noise, but it's
less comfortable however."
DA: sometimes you do
spend a lot of money however?
Helmut: "Yes, in
particular for useful things. Then I often pay sometimes even too
much, cause I am not a "haggler"."
DA: it must be
fantastic living without worries concerning money?
Helmut: "That's true,
but then you'll get other sorrows. "What do I do with all the
money, how do I spend, to whom it has to go when I am not alive
That's what sometimes is bothering me, one never know
what happens tomorrow."
DA: sometimes thinking
about the moment when you'll not be singing anymore?
Helmut: "The day I
can't sing or are not allowed to sing anymore, I am going to write
songs for others."
DA: being a manager
Helmut: "Oh no,! I am
a real bad businessman and I don't think that I ever would be able
to manage an artist. This is why I do have so much respect for my
DA: to finish, soon
you'll be leaving for America for a kind of "minitour". What are
Helmut: "It's America!
It's wonderful to perform over there as a "small Flemish man"!
It's a kick!
DA: you're right! Good
luck for "The Crooners"!
Guess this once
again was another great, honest, open and interesting interview!
Thanks Helmut and try not to worry too much, as we here say:
"pluk de dag"!
No one knows what tomorrow brings and it might
be good that way..