Former make-up artist DWDD wants to talk to Matthijs van Nieuwkerk

Make-up artist Jelleke van Rijkind is one of the few former employees who is known by name and surname in the illustrious Volkskrantarticle on the culture of fear The world goes on tells. Bee Beau the make-up artist opens a book.

Van Rijkind tells Beau van Erven Dorens that she is “very relieved”. “I am very happy that the story has finally been told. I am the journalists of de Volkskrant very grateful. I’ve been hoping for years that someone would pick up on the story and now it’s here.” She didn’t hesitate for a second whether she wanted her (real) name with the article. “When I tell my experience as a permanent make-up artist of Matthijs, it is immediately clear that it is me. I’m not afraid, so I’m fine with my name in the paper.”

Former make-up artist at Beau: ‘In the beginning it was fun and exciting’

The make-up artist has known Matthijs van Nieuwkerk for a long time. She worked before the start of The world goes on been working with the presenter for three years, including at Dutch Sports. In the first years nothing was wrong. “In the beginning it was very fun and exciting,” she says. Things turned around in 2005, although she finds it difficult to indicate one specific point. “I think it has crept in slowly. I feel it came when another editor-in-chief came, Dieuwke. You noticed that Matthijs was much more tense, that he had anger outbursts quite often.”

She regularly drove tense to the studio. “Then I thought: how am I going to find him? Is he happy, is he relaxed? It also happened that he had a good day and was very charming. I always held on to that. That I thought: oh luckily, he is still as I know him from before. Then you can move forward.” But he also often had bad days, according to Van Rijkind. “Then he came from the editorial office and he was angry and grumpy. Then he would sit in the chair and just feel everything like: something happened and I shouldn’t ask too much. I always found it very difficult to do his make-up and hair. You literally touch someone, so you really feel the tension.”

Van Rijkind does not think that Van Nieuwkerk alone is to blame for the culture of fear. “It’s how we all treated him at The world goes on. We put him on a pedestal way too much. No one has ever been critical of him. I think that was very wrong.”

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In September 2011 the bomb bursts. “Suddenly he wanted to see my hairdryer. He thought maybe it was because of my hair dryer that his hair wasn’t set properly. Then I thought: I’ll go along with that, but of course that doesn’t make any sense at all. I showed my hair dryer a day later and he looked at it a bit, but I don’t think he knew what to do with it either. He was just looking for something to kick me out. I felt that very well at the time.”

What she fears happens. Two days later, Van Rijkind receives a call from production. “They said: ‘You don’t have to come anymore.’ Why, they did not know and did not find out. They asked Matthijs the reason, but he did not want to say that.” To this day, Van Rijkind has no idea why she was sent away. “Of course I didn’t let it go. I emailed him, called him, used all sorts of ways to get in touch with him. It did not work.”

After Van Nieuwkerk kicks her out, she can continue to do the guests. “But he no longer wanted to see me, so I was no longer allowed to work in the large make-up room, only in a kind of large cubicle. Then I said: this is really going too far, I’m really not going to do this.”

A few months later, she bumps into Van Nieuwkerk during the Summit 2000. At that time a publication had just appeared in Privé about the atmosphere at The world goes on. Despite the fact that Van Rijkind did not participate in this, Van Nieuwkerk thinks so. “I came there with my suitcases and Matthijs started shouting: ‘You are responsible for that Private piece. I don’t want to see you anymore and you have to get out of here.’ Where everyone was present, because there was a kind of pre-discussion / rehearsal going on. Then I wanted to talk to him, but that really wasn’t possible anymore. He was very angry.” When she returns home, van Rijkind calls her lawyer and together they manage to sleep an amount before her departure from the fire. In return, she is not allowed to talk about it. “That has eaten away at me for years.”

‘I would like to talk to him’

She is doing well now, although she has to leave The world goes on left traces. “I feel very safe. I have another job, a permanent contract and I am completely out of the world of TV. The burden I have now is that I still have a voice in the back of my head that says: it could just be over. That feeling is still there after all these years.”

“I would really like to talk to him,” she says. What would she say then? “Matthijs, do you have any idea how you damaged me and all those others? It would be very good to talk to us and say sorry. To show that you are really sorry, because that is still lacking.”

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