Kiss­ing cousins

Willem and Amorey kiss it up when their feel­ings take over.

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Cousins don’t nor­mally pucker up for a make-out ses­sion – but that’s what’s hap­pen­ing with Willem and Amorey (Markus Hay­wood and Kris­ten Raath). And it’s all thanks a night of sing­ing and shoot­ers!


“Willem and Amorey have al­ways been close as cousins and he’s been like a bit of an older brother,” says Markus. “They en­joy each other’s com­pany and joke around and com­pete in drink­ing games.” It ac­tu­ally just starts as in­no­cent fun on Thurs­day 22 June when they’re out drink­ing at a club and sing­ing karaoke. Later that night, they creep home though the Wel­man man­sion – Amorey lives in the main house and Willem in the cot­tage. He tries to go up the stairs and take her to her room be­cause she’s tipsy, but Amorey spins around and they’re face-to-face, tipsy and gig­gling. Boom – they kiss!


The break­fast ta­ble is su­per un­comfy the next morn­ing, on Fri­day 23 June. “Amorey is em­bar­rassed about the night be­fore,” says Kris­ten. “She doesn’t know what came over her to kiss her cousin – it’s a big mess!” Later that day they have a chat in Op­piekoffie, blame the al­co­hol and put their kiss in the past. Eas­ier said than done, be­cause by that evening, they’re kiss­ing again – and this time with­out al­co­hol.


They ig­nore each other over the week­end and on Mon­day 26 June, Amorey asks her mom Mari­aan (Deirdre Wol­huter) what she thinks about cousins be­ing in a re­la­tion­ship. “It catches her by sur­prise and says that while it’s not re­ally il­le­gal, it’s not morally right and it would cause a fam­ily scan­dal,” says Kris­ten. That only con­fuses the young­ster even more – she likes her cousin but the fam­ily won’t ap­prove. Markus adds that his char­ac­ter’s just as con­fused, but Willem has a plan: get drunk with a pretty young girl and take her to bed to for­get about Amorey.


Markus and Kris­ten have been a cou­ple since Jan­uary 2017 and they’ve over­loaded their so­cial me­dia pages with pho­tos of them out and about to­gether. “We started chat­ting about it late last year and I’m re­ally happy,” says Markus. Kris­ten adds that “there was no point cov­er­ing it up – so we just came out with it and there’s no scan­dal [Laughs].”

Willem and Amorey are lock­ing lips.

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