Jacob Haugaard on the secret behind 40 years of marriage: I’m just giving Ilse all the money

He knows full well that he is a lucky ace. That he and his wife have broken the code to a long and good marriage. It shines out of them both.

“One of the scams is that you do what you are good at and stay away from what you are not good at,” is the simple explanation from Jacob Haugaard, who has long ago acknowledged what he is definitely not good at. .

Money.

“That’s why I just give them to Ilse. I’ve shoveled the money over to her. I do not interfere at all, “laughs the well-known entertainer, who also calls his wife Ilse Wilmot his finance minister.

“In economics, the future is built in, and I do not have to deal with it, because then everything starts to go wrong,” he explains.

Throughout his long career, Jacob Haugaard has made good money. Really good money. And he remembers how from his working-class upbringing he had learned to paint the hell on the wall, take the money worries and worries in advance.

“Thirty years ago, Ilse said: ‘you can not just shut up. As long as we have known each other, it has only progressed ‘. “

“At first I was extremely angry, but when I thought about it, I could see that there was something about the talk.”

Since then, Ilse Wilmot has taken care of the money matters.


May 12, Jacob Haugaard turns 70. The same day he and Ilse Wilmot have their 40th wedding anniversary.  And the date coincidence is not accidental.  It should make it easier for him to remember his wedding day.  Which does not always succeed.

May 12, Jacob Haugaard turns 70. The same day he and Ilse Wilmot have their 40th wedding anniversary. And the date coincidence is not accidental. It should make it easier for him to remember his wedding day. Which does not always succeed.
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“Because every time I go into the bank to withdraw money, I’m so much a street boy yet that I laugh all the way out of the bank, thinking ‘then they jumped the hell out of it again’.”

“And every time Ilse shakes her head at me and says ‘it’s your own money, man’. I never get used to that. “

“I always think that if they give me money, there must be some scam involved. That’s the kind of driving bug I have. And then I just do not have to deal with money. “

“And Ilse is also much better at using them than I am,” he laughs.

In recent years, his wife of 40 years has also served as Jacob Haugaard’s manager. And now that the children have long since flown from the nest, the pair have more time together. Often, when Jacob goes out to perform, Ilse comes along.

‘Then we have cozy walks and talk in the car and I help him stay awake on the way home. Then I will probably say, as I know, that he will be dizzy, and then we will come home very quickly, “says Ilse Wilmot with a well-satisfied smile.

Because after so many years of marriage, none of them hide the fact that they know exactly which buttons to press to achieve what they want.

“You are eddermame as combative as I am,” laughs Jacob Haugaard, acknowledging that the waves can easily go high between them.

“I’ve always been the kind of person who put it all into roulette. And when I do it with Ilse, when I love her so much, I also have to find myself in that I sometimes hate her just as much. “

But above all, they know how to cherish each other. During the long corona shutdown, I just got confirmation of how good they are together.

Of course, they have had their crises through a long marriage. Not least the one caused by Jacob Haugaard’s alcohol abuse, which 30 years ago made Ilse leave him. For a week.

Since then he has been sober.

“Part of my sobriety is that, for God’s sake, I must not decay too much, because then I suddenly smoke out of the tangent, completely indifferent to it all. So I always have to remember to be vain. “

‘It’s Ilse too. She is always delicious. It is also important to remember. Even though I’m turning 70 and we’ve been married for 40 years, I must remember to tell Ilse that she looks good. Bake on her, “says Jacob Haugaard and smiles at his wife.

First lovingly. So mischievous.



They laugh well together. But the waves can also go really high between Jacob Haugaard and Ilse Wilmot. “We can both go completely Latino-like crazy in our heads.”
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“We both have a lot of temperament. Almost southern, can get completely Latino-like crazy in the head. “

‘Yes, we’re probably both a little too much, a little too disturbed in the wheelhouse, have way too much energy. In many ways, it is unbelievable that it has gone so well. “

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