With father Willy Alberti (whose real name is Carel Verbrugge) and uncle Johnny Jordaan, you can safely say that Willeke grew up in a special musical family. It doesn’t take long before she follows in her father’s footsteps. She played in her first musical when she was eleven. But everything comes to an end, and next month Willeke will go on a solo tour for the last time before ending her 65-year career.
That she can go on stage again is a relief for Willeke, who fell into a black hole when corona started. “You’re the first to know that you’re doing well, and I’ve had a really good feeling that I haven’t been well lately,” she says honestly. Not only could she no longer perform, her children and grandchildren were not allowed to visit because of corona. And that was very hard for the Amsterdam native.
For Willeke, her family means everything. She therefore becomes emotional when presenter Art Rooijakkers asks about her son Johnny, who is accused of assault and attempted murder by his ex Shima Kaes. “I have said: no one should touch my children, nor my grandchildren, nor my daughters-in-law and son-in-law. And that’s all. It only makes me very sad when things are said that make me sad, because I know how it works.”
Rooijakkers Over The Floor can be seen every Thursday at 9.30 pm on RTL 4 or look ahead at Videoland.
In the broadcast Willeke also opens a book about her love life: