Amsterdam, 2016

Amsterdam, 2016


Young lovers Stijn & Carlijn have been together for almost eight years, after falling in love at the tender age of fifteen. What’s their secret? ‘We have no unrealistic expectations of each other. We just do our own thing and let each other be.’

At what moment did you know you were in love?
Carlijn: ‘My heart skipped a beat whenever I saw him, I knew  then that I had fallen madly in love with him.’
Stijn: ‘Straight after we first met. I couldn’t stop thinking about her….’

Which character trait of the other are you jealous of?
Carlijn: 'He’s so incredibly creative, I wish I could have some of his creativity sometimes.'
Stijn: 'Her perseverance and ability to always keep on going, no matter what struggles come her way.'

When was the last time you were extremely proud of your partner?
Stijn: ‘Carlijn always stays focussed and doesn’t let things get to her. That’s something I’m super proud off.’
Carlijn: ‘Whenever he has one of his creative outbursts. I find it so attractive whenever I see his enthusiasm.’


What is the most annoying thing about your partner?
Carlijn: ‘I can’t think of a character trait I dislike, but I can tell you there’s one thing I just don’t like: his toes.

‘Who would she play in a movie?

Nobody, there is only one Carlijn’ - Stijn

Has your relationship changed you as people?
Carlijn: ‘Absolutely! Stijn never pretends to be someone else. He cares about other people’s opinion but he will never change his way in order to be liked by other people. I used to care a lot about what other people thought of me and it was him who taught me to stay true to myself. He made me realize just how lucky I really am.’
Stijn: ‘Being together with someone for such a long time, you’ll inevitably change. Carlijn has helped me tremendously to accept the good with the bad and to put things into perspective.’