The Trinidadian-German musician has continued to make music since 1992, but it is his hit single ‘What is Love?’ that people remember. That being a given, Haddaway can’t understand why nobody bothered to answer him.
“It was a heartfelt question. I really shouted those words: WHAT IS LOVE??!! It was very clearly enunciated. But no-one answered me. I even re-released the record a couple of times, and still nothing. Science hasn’t helped. Neither have romance novels. Or agony aunts. What is love? Seriously, what is love?!”
According to Haddaway, he did receive a couple of letters from fans telling him that they knew what love was, and that they felt it for him. However, he feels they didn’t really answer the question, and as one of them has now been arrested for stalking he suspects they didn’t really know the answer anyway.
Two years ago, Haddaway joined a support group for fellow sufferers of the same situation. The group’s leader, David Coverdale from the band Whitesnake, spoke to us:
“All our stories are different. Haddaway was asking about the nature of love on a very primal level. Fellow member Lou Gramm from Foreigner wanted to know what love was in general, but then he never really phrased it as a question so that’s why he never got an answer. I myself wanted to know if love was a specific emotion that I was feeling, and had been searching for. We have all had our hearts broken, and are still confused about love. This group gives us hope.”
The original group was formed by Bob Marley. Haddaway also says people continue to hurt him despite specifically asking them not to.