“I’m ready for a house, tree, animal. I am looking for a woman who is loyal, with whom I can share stories. And maybe even get married,” said Jean-Pierre Roosberg (31) this week in the TV program Long live love† In the popular date show, the Zwollenaar was looking for true love. His match: peer Jaleesa. Did it become something between them?
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Let’s go to the beginning first. The Zwollenaar was ahead of Long live love – a love experiment in which singles get to know each other in a minimum of 24 hours and a maximum of four days – specified by a friend. “We were both in a break up and spent a lot of time together. She told me she was going to sign up for the TV show. If she could also register me. First I said no, then yes. We just do it for fun.”
‘I am a pleasant addition to your evening’
His girlfriend took the lead and filled in a description of Jean-Pierre. “It started with lyrics like: ‘I’m Jean-Pierre, also known as JP. I am a tropical surprise and cozy addition to your evening, and sometimes almost one with your furniture. I have a huge passion for sports and dancing. I also like to joke.’ Now you shouldn’t think that I speak a spicy word of French because of my name,” he says with a wink.
A few days later the program makers called. Whether Jean-Pierre likes dating. “I said no, I hate it. But then they asked if I like it as a social experiment. Maybe then I’ll get answers to questions I’m looking for. I let myself be persuaded and I went on the adventure.”
Girls with red hair
The result of his dating adventure was on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 June SBS6 to see. In the TV program, the resident of Zwolle says that he is looking for a woman who is adventurous and open-minded, who gives resistance and who is ‘a little different from the rest’. Jean-Pierre is always fond of blondes and brunettes, but also likes girls with red hair. He is lucky: his date is Jaleesa the same age.
Although the date goes pretty smoothly, the Zwollenaar makes a revelation. “In my experience, people are not monogamous,” he says. “I would never rule out an open relationship, but more so at an older age, when you are really played out.” Jaleesa’s face twists: “Interesting”, she says. After that, their date doesn’t bloom anymore and she decides not to extend the adventure. “I think it’s a pity that it has to be this way”, says Jean-Pierre, just before saying goodbye. “You could also have asked what I mean by that”, referring to his view on an open relationship. That’s all there is to it: both Jean-Pierre and Jaleesa leave as singles.
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‘Is your relationship boring? Make it negotiable’
Looking back on his adventure, Jean-Pierre is satisfied with how he was portrayed by the program makers. He only feels that he could not explain his view on monogamy well. “I often hear around me that as you get older, things get boring in a relationship. If you discuss this and fulfill your wishes in this way, you will surely find a way out. Then you don’t have to cheat, for example. Most say they are monogamous, but when it comes down to it, they all fall into the trap,” says Jean-Pierre.
There are temptations everywhere, says the Zwolle native. “On billboards you see Secondlove and in my DM (Direct Messages, ed.) I get messages from women who are married. How can I still think that we can be monogamous in the Netherlands.”
When Jean-Pierre explained his view on monogamy when parting with his date Jaleesa, he said she regretted it. “She was quite sad about this and I comforted her. That is not on the picture. Later we contacted each other and she indicated that she regretted her choice. She genuinely thought I was a nice guy.”
If he’s asked again on a dating show like Long Live Love, he won’t join again. “They expect a lot from you, but you don’t get much in return,” he says. For example, according to Jean-Pierre, the date was in reality almost 48 hours instead of 24 hours. “I gave so much energy and did activities with her. For example, we played darts, shuffleboard, table tennis and table football and did about five chat-spot questions. We also went in the hot tub, did karaoke, cooked together and danced. I saw nothing of it. For the rest I am well placed.”
Long live love again
Despite the fact that it did not yield Jean-Pierre the love of his life, he does have a date experience richer. “It was a fun adventure and here I am Long live love very grateful for that.”
His dating adventure in Long live love can be seen here and here (episode 2).