Patricia can’t remember much of the details surrounding the ‘disastrous’ event – which took place in 2017. Yet the consequences are still being felt. For example, she says that her trust has been ‘damaged for good’. Patricia explains that this has also changed her as a person: “I was a vibrant personality. Now in company I quickly think: let me say nothing.”
While it’s still a mystery to her how the perpetrators were able to steal private material from her phone, she doesn’t seem to understand why they wanted to harm her ‘so willfully’. “I didn’t know people could be that bad.”
What also hurt the singer a lot is that many colleagues with whom she ‘had a close relationship’ did not make themselves heard during that period. Fortunately, there were also people who supported the diva: “Gordon. He supported me, kept an eye on how I was doing. Linda de Mol also sent a beautiful letter, which I have often reread. I received flowers and cards from people whom I don’t even know and it affected me a lot when the former mayor showed up on the doorstep. In addition to kind words, she gave me a beautiful brooch.”
The two perpetrators got away with a suspended sentence. Michel V. was given a suspended prison sentence of one month and his co-defendant Ernst van der S. was sentenced to 50 hours of community service. The men also had to pay compensation to Patricia of 30,000 euros.