Dutch showman makes global headlines with 'I'm 49 not 69' court case

69-year-old... sorry 49-year-old Emile Ratelband. Credit CEN

69-year-old... sorry 49-year-old Emile Ratelband. Credit CEN

On Tinder, he says he gets no responses from prospective ladies - all because of his age. "If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different vehicle", he said, according to a translation by The Guardian.

"I feel much younger than my age, I am a young god, I can have all the girls I want but not after I tell them that I am 69", Ratelband told AFP on Thursday.

Emile Ratelband, 69, said he feels discriminated against for his age.

A pensioner has begun a battle to legally reduce age and be recognized as being 20 years younger than his actual age so he can go back to work and achieve greater success with women on Tinder.

The Arnhem city court is expected to deliver a decision on Ratelband's case over the next four weeks. Do you think this man should be allowed to change his name?

Mr Ratelband, who is a famous motivational speaker and media personality in The Netherlands, was born on March 11 1949.

However, he explained that allowing people to change their birth date would create problems from a legal point of view. If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different auto.

Ratelband said while he was initially greeted by "jeers" from magistrates, he now believes his lawyer -famous criminal lawyer Jan-Hein Kuijpers had "unsettled" the judge.

Ratelband told AFP that telling his real biological age to a prospective date was cramping his style.

Ratelband, who converted to Buddhism earlier this year, told the Telegraaf that he is not suffering from the Peter Pan syndrome and has been checked out by a doctor to make sure he will 'be able to deal with this major step'.

The judge argued what would be of Mr Ratelband's first 20 years if he was to delete them from his documents.

The pensioner also said he would renounce his pension if he switched his birth date.

He said: "For whom did your parents care in those years?"

Ratelband's lawyer, Jan-Hein Kuijpers, said it was high time for the reversal of age.

Naturally, the court is sceptical of the matter because no legal mechanism now exists allowing a person to change their birthdate.