29 April 1972
are just a few people who are worth it that you contradict them."
Biography written by Sofia Carlsson
she doesn't look like a bull, she was born in Bendorf, outside Koblenz,
in the sign of the Taurus - 29 April 1972, and was given the name
Claudia Hess. She grew up with her parents, Doris and Hans, and
her brother, Andreas, in Westerwald outside Koblenz, and that's
basically all that is known about her childhood... apart from the
fact that she used to listen to Modern Talking in the 80s, just
like millions of other girls.
is a trained Businesswoman for Foreign Trade and Wholesale Trade
Foreign Correspondent Clerk, and worked as a director's secretary
assistant at a road construction company, which she really liked,
before she passed training at Sony/ATV Music Publishing. This was,
however, before she met the man she would marry. Now she's supervising
the paperwork of Thomas Anders Music GmbH, and she says that even
though her work only includes papers, she is always informed about
what's going on in the studios.
the spring of 1996, she was with three of her friends at the brasserie
Faustus on Elzerhofstrasse in Koblenz. Not too far from them sat
a man who thought Claudia looked like the woman of his dreams, so
he walked up to her table and asked "Hello, where are you from?".
She knew who he was, but didn't know he lived in Koblenz, or that
Faustus was his favourite restaurant. She treated him as a very
nice and agreeable man, and not at all like a superstar. The brasserie
soon became their favourite, and every time she went there, she
would meet this man "by chance". On her birthday, he gave
her a big bouquet of red roses, but was this man really Mr. Right?
Claudia wanted to be sure that his intentions were true, and her
friends warned her - "he's a superstar, he has a thousand women
and swims in champagne!", but she ignored them. She realised
his intentions were honest, and soon after that, they started calling
each other, and they could talk for hours! Her friends and relatives
were still warning her, but she decided to stay with Thomas.
was on a vacation with a friend on Ibiza when she reached her decision
of what to do with this newly begun romance. She was resting by
the pool, listening to Thomas' voice on a walkman, when the thought
struck her that the man on the tape was a real person, he was as
normal as you and me, and he could very well be the sort of man
she could see herself with in the future. When she got home, they
met again, and she was invited to dinner at his place, and on that
night, the 6th of August, her heart was truly captured. She only
planned to stay for maybe 15 minutes, but stayed a lot longer than
that. Thomas had cooked macaroni with cheese and mushrooms for her,
and had promised to sing live for her. He sat at the piano, performing
Barry Manilow's "Mandy" for her.
did her parents think about their daughter's popstar boyfriend?
"They are always travelling and they change their girlfriends
like you change your underwear!". However, since Thomas courted
her for four months, both her parents and she herself were convinced
that he wasn't just playing with her. Because of this, you would
perhaps assume that the first meeting with Mr. and Mrs. Hess was
a total disaster? You would be wrong! He was charming and respectful
as usual, and this is what everyone who gets to know him knows him
did her friends react to her boyfriend? She still has contact with
her old friends, she says, and adds: "When you have "old"
friends you can be sure that they like you, because you are what
you are and not, because Thomas Anders is your boyfriend, or now
your partner in life. You always have to find out the reason, why
people treat you with respect and why they are nice. Unfortunately,
people look more at money and success, than at the character."
was one problem in their way to happiness, though. Thomas was still
officially married with Nora Balling, even though they had been
living apart for three years. In order to settle this, Thomas and
Claudia flew to Los Angeles to meet and talk to her. Nora had no
objections to part officially, and the divore was officially through
on the 20th of February 1999. Thomas and Nora are still friends
and keep in touch, and Claudia doesn't seem to mind this very much:
"Sometimes she gets at me, if she rings, but she is always
July 15th 2000, the couple was married in Stromburg, not far from
Koblenz, so nowadays, Claudia Hess is Claudia Weidung, and she of
course gets the attention that goes with it. But being the center
of attention isn't always fun, as she says: "We also have problems
in, for example simply going to the swimming-pool or to the cinema,
because nearly everybody would like to talk to us and we are always
watched. Sometimes it is OK, but sometimes it really gets on my
nerves." Modern Talking fans need not worry that she will become
"a new Nora", because she stays out of everything concerning
is interested in skiing, reading, home decoration, music (pop, latino
music, melancholic soundtracks and chill-out music), travelling,
and golf. If you want to want to invite her to a dinner, you should
serve roast duck on a green salad, topped with raspberry vinaigrette,
and apple juice or mineral water to that would be the perfect beverage,
or just "anything without alcohol". She is 168 cm's tall,
has blonde hair and blue-green eyes. Her favourite book is "Wer
Liebe verspricht" by Rebecca Ryman, her favourite movie "The
Mirror Has Two Faces", and her favourite actors are Romy Schneider,
Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte, and Steve Martin. She says that drugs
are no solutions for your problems, and that she is very religious,
although she has problems with the Catholic church, like Thomas.
Her favourite places are at home, Los Angeles, and Ibiza.
of her two mottos is "Always look to the front, never look
back", which in my opinion sums up this biography. Let's not
look to the past, but to the future!