Boris Becker announced his engagement to Dutch model/girlfriend Sharlely “Lilly” Kerssenberg this Saturday on the German TV show “Wetten, dass…?” Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson were on hand to witness the announcement and cheer on as Becker took a Wimbledon-style leap through a flaming heart. Was this an act of contrition for that three month engagement Boris had with another woman last summer?
Here’s the YouTube video, which I’m sure is even better if you know some German. If you just want to see the leap through the flames, fast forward to the end.
People magazine gives us a translation:
With tears in his eyes, tennis legend Boris Becker, 41, announced that he and his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Sharlely “Lilly” Kerssenberg, 30, will marry on June 12.
“We’ve been together for nearly four years and had our ups and downs. … Last summer I lost my way, but she took me back again,” said Becker, on the German TV show Wetten, dass…?, referring to his three-month engagement to Alessandra “Sandy” Meyer-Woelden, 25, a jewelry designer and daughter of his late manager, Axel Meyer-Woelden.
Wetten, dass…? host Thomas Gottschalk, a friend of Becker’s, joked on the live show, “No, not again?” before wishing the pair all the best. Becker then invited him to the wedding.
Becker and the Dutch Kerssenberg, a sometime model, plan to wed in St. Moritz, Switzerland, the swank ski resort town where in January they had first confirmed that they were together again.
Kerssenberg told Gottschalk that Boris’s ex-wife, Barbara Becker, 42, is very happy for them, and revealed that Barbara and her fiancé, Arne Quinze, 37, an artist from Belgium, may have something more in common with them: “They’re getting married on the same day!” (However, Barbara Becker and Arne Quinze were not on the show to confirm.)
Alles gute and viel glück! You two are going to need it. . .