Sylvie Francoise Meis is a Dutch model and TV personality. She was married to footballer Rafael van der Vaart and took his last name.
Her measurements are 34-28-34. She has appeared in the television series “Costa!”
In 2009, Sylvie revealed she was suffering from breast cancer and underwent surgery and chemotherapy to fight the disease. She said, “All the luxuries in the world are no protection against that moment when you are told the diagnosis. Then you are just a woman.” She added, “For me, it was as if a bomb had gone off in our lives. Whether you are rich or poor, beautiful or ugly, young or old, cancer knows no boundaries.”
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Due to chemotherapy, Sylvie lost her hair and wore a wig. Her husband convinced her to appear on the German version of “Strictly Come Dancing” without it.
Sylvie van der Vaart has a child, Damian Rafael van der Vaart. The baby had to be born before the start of the World Cup in Germany, because the father wanted to be present at birth.
She is divorcing her husband after he admitted to hitting her on New Year’s Eve 2012. He said, “It was very foolish of me. I’m an idiot. I’m very sorry. It should never have happened.” The pair had been married since 2005. The couple had been dubbed “the new Beckhams” because of their attractiveness and successful careers.
Sylvie van der Vaart said in 2010, “With my independence I take away the pressure from him to look after our family and to sort everything out for us. I think that’s great…I am proud of the fact that I don’t have to hide behind my successful husband.”
As to the groupies that would follow her husband, she said, “I find it funny most times, but obviously there are limits. They can look…but no more.”
Since the divorce, the Daily Mail reported that her neighbors were trying to drive her away from her home in Germany. One sign read “Terrible lady. Poor son – now that dad is no longer there.”
Sylvie still resides in Germany so that her son can be close to his father.