Dutch man, 69, starts legal fight to identify as 20 years younger

Emile Ratelband. Credit CEN

Ratelband reasons that he lives in a society where people can change their genders, so, to him, it only makes sense that he can change his age.

Another motivation for changing his age is the fact that the father of seven has another two children on the way, both by surrogates.

Mr Ratelband, who was born on March 11, 1949, says he feels at least 20 years younger and is pushing for his birth date to be altered to March 11, 1969 or later.

The 69-year-old also spoke to The Washington Post, and said he is not concerned that his comparison of an age change to a sex change may be offensive to transgender people.

Ratelband is a pensioner and has said that if he does get to legally change his age, he will stop claiming the pension.

"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 the news agency.

When I'm 69, I am limited.

However, the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper reported that the court was sceptical of the lawsuit, saying there was no legal way to allow someone to change their date of birth.

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", Ratelband told British newspaper The Guardian.

The court is due to deliver a written ruling within four weeks, according to the report. If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different vehicle.

As the Cut points out, "luxurious" might be a euphemism - in a translation by CNN, Ratelband says, "When I'm 49 with [this face], then I'm rammed".

Ratelband said during the prosecutor told him "we need to know your biological age to control you", which he said is "exactly the problem".

"Who were your parents looking after then? I can take up more work", he continued.

Mr Ratelband, a media personality and motivational guru, converted to Buddhism earlier this year and is a trainer in neurolinguistic programming.

And he added that a change to his age would also be good news for the Dutch government as he would be renouncing his pension until he reaches retirement age again.

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