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Koen Wauters returns with his family back to 1979: Finally, really time for each other, in the past that was so
TV "I have no more time to lose and wants the years that made me only spend on things that makes me happy", says Koen Wauters (51), which initially did not jump to take part in the VTM program 'Greetings from'. But to his children, Zita (13) and Nono (12) to please, he agreed anyway. So is the family Wauters tonight teruggeflitst to 1979.

In 1979, was Koen Wauters twelve, as old as his son Nono now. But it was also the year in which his wife, Valerie De Booser (39) was born. It was a period in which the legs still wider, the hair is more and more golfden and punk echoed on the dance floor. Tv-evenings were filled with programs like 'The Muppet Show' and 'The man from Atlantis', while the news was dominated by Margaret Thatcher, the first British prime minister was. But that could the 12-year-old Koen Wauters don't care. As the youngest in a family of six children, he slipped as zondagskind through life, preferably for talk. "I remember a lot from that time because that was the first year that we moved from a rijhuisje, that really was too small for eight people, to a building", says Koen Wauters, who grew up in Sint-Genesius-Rode. "I have only good memories of that time. Nevertheless, it was quite an exciting period, because the Flemings fought plenty against the French. My dad was very bright with bezig.De district where we are moved, was built for the Flemish to the Flemish Border to lure. And that was boycotted by the Walloons. As a little boy was me that little care, but during the elections we were called 'paste' for our pa, who was then a councillor was. And that made for tense situations if we Walloons encountered."

Back to 1979 means for Koen also a happy reunion with the Renault R4, the car that his parents at that time reason. "In the past we climbed, sometimes with eight people in that little cart, but that is now no more. (laughs) The home of the filming was a lot more modern than my parents ' house. At home for example, we have never had a dishwasher."

Smartphones return

smartphones were not yet on the order and they then had to be turned in at the start of the recording. Something that even the teenagers, not for resentment resulted. "On the contrary. They found it even amusing. A whole weekend had Zita and Nono of their mom and dad alone, and we were really working together on. Our children are anyway not overly active on social media, that they may not of Valerie and me." Time to be bored, there was not. "We cooked, games played and I have the kids learn to drive in a Renault R4. We also played games such as 'Pong'. That's nothing in comparison with 'Fortnite', but Zita and Nono have yet amused. They have especially enjoyed the get-together, I think. We had finally time for each other. That was the past really so. Also the clothes and driving, they found fun. We have the weekend ended in the bumper cars, something we used to be with the family Wauters really like to do."

It were also the children who Wauters on the line went to participate in the program. "It was not the first time that I have for this program is asked, but the previous times it did not seem possible by our busy schedules. The conclusion that I have drawn after that weekend in 'Greetings from' is simple, but oh-so-sincere: such moments we should more often stop, and then I just put my calendar block. That's really something I need to learn."

Zita popular

And not only Koen is struggling with a busy schedule, Zita is when the youth is already more popular than her father and also Nono is emerging gradually to a host. "The pleziert me that they do the things they gráág do. And if they happen to be known to be, then so be it. But Valerie and I are trying them to avoid the pitfalls of the showbiz. One of them is that they are not allowed to exaggerate. The school is still in first place and in addition they can certainly not too quickly 'burned out' get. Therefore, we say to a lot of things to 'no'."

age difference

Funny detail: Valerie was not even born when Koen twelve. "That made the pictures extra special. They saw many things that she knew not for sure what tv programs are concerned. Oh, and in the meantime, we are so used to the age difference. Age is never an issue. It was just funny to her in those old clothes to see", says Koen. In the summer of 2019, the couple fifteen years married. "That is certainly something to cherish. When Valerie and I, our relationship started, had only a few money on the put that we would stay together. But look, after all these years we have, however, been proven."

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But 2019 also promises a lot of good

Although Koen intends to make it somewhat easier to do, also promises 2019 a busy year for the presenter. The shooting of the second season of "winners" are almost over. Therein helps Koen again, people (at first glance impossible) to achieve the goal. In addition, there are new series of 'The Voice van Vlaanderen', 'Belgium's Got Talent' and 'What a year!'. Musically, comes in the autumn a new album of Clouseau. "In 2019, I know what has been done," says Koen.

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