First steeply up, then the deep fall. The life of the former artistic gymnast Verona van de Leur is like a roller coaster ride.
In the early 2000s, the young gymnast, born in 1985, collected medal after medal, cup after cup. The path goes steeply up. What should the young athlete stop? 2002 a great honor, Van de Leur is Dutch sportswoman of the year.
Cut. Just eight years later, Van de Leur is in jail for 72 days. She had blackmailed a couple. Behind her are two years of homelessness, shoplifting, a life from the car. And an indictment against their own parents, who had once built them up to be talented artists.
After leaving prison, the former athlete entered the porn business to earn money and was active there for eight years. “Always only with my friend, otherwise I wouldn’t have done it”, as the “Sun” now describes.
Parents are said to have enriched themselves with their success
What happened? In the English newspaper she now talks about the career break, back in the 2000s. This is in connection with the publication of her autobiography “Simply Verona”, in which she shows the crazy events of her life from super talent to homeless, to blackmailer, to porn actress.
As Van de Leur reveals, the growing pressure on her as a girl made it difficult: “If you are the best in a country, everyone expects something from you,” says the “Sun”. There is also an injury.
The reason for the crazy turn in her life is something else: the parents with whom she has not spoken for about ten years. It was she who had supported Van de Leur for years, whom the athlete had entrusted with control over her finances.
Her parents apparently squandered the collected prize money in the background of the young gymnast. “Money was a big driver for them, not for me.” Van de Leur begins to notice this in the autumn of her career, which she ended in 2008. She accuses her parents. “You feel needed,” comments Van de Leur now.
At the time, she got money back after the lawsuit, but that is quickly gone. And homelessness and crime quickly there. (fiq)