THE HAGUE - A Dutch court Monday (Dec 3) slapped down an attempt by a self-described "young god" just shy of his 70th birthday to slash his age by 20 years to enhance his prospects in life and love.
In an unprecedented case, the Arnhem District Court told "positivity guru" Emile Ratelband it will not adhere to his request to shift his birthdate two decades later to March 11, 1969.
"Mr Ratelband is at liberty to feel 20 years younger than his real age and to act accordingly," the judges said.
"But amending his date of birth would cause 20 years of records to vanish from the register of births, deaths, marriages and registered partnerships," it said, adding that "this would have a variety of undesirable legal and societal implications."
Ratelband, a well-known life coach who specialises in "self awareness training", previously said he felt discriminated against because of his advanced years, adding that while he did not need dating apps, the custom of giving his age to a prospective lover was cramping his style.