EXCLUSIVE! Janez: "We're having a boy"

2014-07-09 07:00


Anyone who's seen Janez Vermeiren on their TV can tell you that the guy is not only a hottie, but he's a romantic at heart. Often reserved and sometimes cautious about discussing his personal life, The Juice got to speak with the TV hunk about life at home. 

Grab a tissue. This is gonna get emotional.

Janez! There's a baby on the way! When does the little one arrive?

Juliana is expecting any moment now. The doctors have said the end of the month into early August. But we are in that stage where the baby can come at anytime. So, the bun is basically cooked!

How exciting! We know you said earlier on in the pregnancy that you guys wanted it to be a surprise but do you know the gender?

It's a boy! We've discussed a couple of baby names already but haven't decided on anything yet. Juliana likes the name Benji or Benjamin and I have some ideas. We'll make the decision when the baby is born and we lay our eyes on him. He'll support Belgium, I won't allow him to support anyone else, that's what I do know!

That's so cute! Has he caused mommy any weird cravings?

He likes cold things and citrus it seems. Juliana has been craving things like frozen yogurts and stuff,  but it has to have a citrus taste to it -  so like lemons and naartjies. She's had a good pregnancy, she's been exercising and eating what she wants. A lot of women would be worried about their weight, but she's been having fun with it.

And how's daddy doing? Are you excited?

I am. It feels like my first time! It's been difficult though (the pregnancy) because I've had to step away from the camera and launch new programs for the SABC and that's kept me in Joburg from Monday to Friday virtually every week for the last 3 months.

Oh no. How's Juliana taking that?

It's been tough on her, obviously, because I feel like there's been no support from my side. But I've made a concerted effort to come down to visit with her and my son. It's been hard because she only really has me on Saturdays and Sundays. I have to keep reminding myself that I'm doing this all for us, it's for our future.

Of course. And how is your son dealing with everything?

My son is excited, really excited. He's over the moon. Obviously we've been doing a lot of planning and talking about the new baby,  but he's old enough to understand it now. The only problem was that obviously we needed the baby room close to our bedroom so he had to move downstairs. He has a much better room now, so he is happy about it. He's not jealous or anything, he's just really excited to become a professional baby sitter.

We bet! Juliana is gorg and we remember a couple of years ago you described your ideal woman as 'a cross between Penelope Cruz, Adriana Lima, Giselle Bundchen and Cindy Craford'. Have you found that in her?

 Yes I did! I did! I found myself a crazy, beautiful Brazilian. She keeps me on my toes. Brazilians have huge personalities but it keeps me on my toes. I like a challenge.

She's a keeper! When will the wedding bells be ringing for you two?

Probably after all of this craziness has settled down. We haven't really put a date on it. We wanted to do it before she gave birth but with me starting my new adventures, it was a little difficult. So I'd rather do it once the dust is settled.

Makes sense to us. Finally, you guys split up a while ago and then got back together. What changed?

You get that after you go out for so long.  It was a case of us both having itchy feet and going our own way and then realising we weren't happy and so we resolved that and now we are not looking back! Sometimes you need a scare to realise what good you have already.


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