Hans de Booij, the 64-year-old Dutch singer known for his popular 1980s hit song Annabel, recently opened up about his struggles with loneliness during an appearance on the Valentine’s Day episode of First Dates.
Speaking to an audience of 325,000 viewers, de Booij revealed that he had recently experienced a “huge attack of loneliness.”
The singer, who spent eleven days in the hospital with COVID-19 last year, said that the experience had made him more willing to try new things, leading him to say “yes” when a friend suggested he appear on the show.
De Booij was paired with a 62-year-old pediatric nurse named Irma, whom he described as “attractive.”
Irma discovered de Booij’s musical background during their date and began singing his hit song, Annabel.
The two also bonded over their experiences with music and loneliness, with de Booij revealing that he is currently writing songs on the topic.
De Booij shared that he had grown up feeling lonely, as he was the only surviving child of his mother’s five pregnancies.
“From that loneliness, you automatically write songs,” he joked.
Despite the serious conversation, the date went well, and the two agreed to a second meeting.
They both expressed a desire to learn more about each other without cameras.