Although Hong Kong singer-actor Aaron Kwok had shared that he does not intend to try for a third child any time soon in June this year, media outlets are reporting that the 54-year-old has since changed his mind.
The reports claim that Aaron is now actively “trying to convince” his wife, Chinese model Moka Fang, to try for a third child as he wishes to have a son. The couple, who tied the knot in 2017, has two daughters together, two-year-old Chantelle and Charlotte, who was born in April this year.
In order to convince Moka, Aaron reportedly splurged on an extravagant gift for the 32-year-old: an Hermès handbag worth TW$500,000 (about S$22,000). Additionally, Aaron also promised a cash gift of TW$4 million (about S$180,000) as further incentive for Moka to bear him a baby boy.
According to the reports, Moka even shared with her close friends that Aaron had never given her a bag worth more than TW$400,000 (about S$18,000) before, and that she was thrilled to receive her new designer arm candy.
Since then, Moka is said to have become more receptive to the idea of trying for a son, with her only worry being that she would end up giving birth to another girl. As a result, the couple has since scheduled an appointment with doctors and is actively seeking advice from their close friends.
Veteran Hong Kong musician and composer Michael Lai passed away yesterday (Dec 1) at the age of 73.
He was best known for composing numerous hit songs for movies and television dramas, including the theme song for the 1980 drama Fatherland, the 1987 movie Rouge, and the 1980 movie Gone With the Wind. Having worked together with Hong Kong singers Anita Mui and Leslie Cheung early on in their careers, Michael was hailed as the “Godfather of Music” in Hong Kong.
In May this year, he was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia, but he recovered soon after. However, his health took a turn for the worst a few months later. Yesterday, a post was made on Michael’s personal Facebook page by his assistant, confirming his death.
“Following the wishes of Boss Lai, we will not reveal any details about his illness, and we hope to be able to handle his after-death matters discreetly,” the post reads.
In 2017, Michael hosted the music programme 50 Golden Classics alongside Hong Kong actress-singer Karen Tong, Hong Kong singer Raymond Cho, as well as his good friend and former flame, Hong Kong actress Nancy Sit. He left the programme in March this year due to illness.
When contacted for a comment, Nancy shared that she had visited Michael in the hospital a day before his passing. She revealed that the 73-year-old passed away peacefully, surrounded by his close friends and loved ones.
“The whole night, everyone sang songs that Michael had composed, especially ‘Xin Gan Bao Bei’,” she said, referring to the 1988 track that was originally performed by Anita Mui. “Michael had requested for me to sing that song during his concert last year. Accompanied by a group of his musician buddies, we sang that song for him at his bedside. Although his eyes were closed, we could feel that he was listening to the song with delight.”
Yoga Lin hopes to start next viral video trend by getting people to confess their love with his song
The long wait for Singapore fans of Mandopop star Yoga Lin is finally over. After more than seven years, the Taiwanese singer will be returning to our sunny shores for a full-fledged concert on April 25, 2020.
The IDOL World Tour to celebrate his 10th year in showbiz will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium and according to the 32-year-old, who was here for a press conference on November 25, it is totally worth the wait.
“It’s the kind of show where you’ll come out feeling like ‘I watched this concert and it’s something I know that couldn’t have been missed for the world.’,” he laughed when he was asked to describe his show.
Through his performance, Yoga hopes to share what the word ‘idol’ means to him.
He let on, “If you’re my fan, you’ll probably fall even deeper in love with me after watching the show. If you’re not a fan, you’ll want to become my fan after you attend it.” We don’t know where he gets this confidence from, but our curiosity has definitely been piqued.
He also mused that he is seriously considering the press conference host’s suggestion to use his latest track, ‘Otomen’ as the background music for those who are confessing their love to their crushes. “We can all use the same hashtag and watch every single video to see if the couple gets a happy ending or if someone ends up getting slapped. I think this is a pretty good idea,” he laughed. The song’s lyrics talk about how after meeting a special someone, he thought of buying a house, having kids and building a family together.
Using that as a confession song could be the sweetest or the weirdest thing ever, however, as those present warned - but either way, Yoga quipped that he hopes the trend will take off and go viral.
The 32-year-old also teased that he might possibly be preparing something special for his Singapore audience, but declined to divulge more details, which led to excited screams from the fans present.
You didn’t read that wrong - there were fans present at the press conference, and when the floor was opened for them to ask Yoga questions, we were especially tickled by the way the singer handled his fans.
“Your friend wanted to come up here with you, right?” Yoga asked a fan who he picked to come on stage to take a selfie with him. “I’m going to take a photo with you now and you guys can end your friendship after this.”
When another fan offered him macarons after asking if he enjoys eating desserts, he deadpanned. “Will I be alright after eating this?”
His tongue-in-cheek way of bantering with fans came especially useful when yet another fan posed a question to him: Will his wife, Kiki Ting, along with his one-year-old son, Kubee, be in the audience at the Singapore show?
“I refuse to answer this question,” Yoga chuckled with disbelief. With baby number two on the way (and possibly born by then), it might be hard for the singer’s family to make it all the way here for a show.
Even without his family in the audience, we’re pretty sure he’ll give his best on stage, as evidenced by his performance at the StarHub Night of Stars 2019 the day before his press conference. After his first song ‘Otomen’, he took out his in-ear monitor, which is what musicians use to listen to the stage instrumentation for live performances, and quipped, “This in-ear is acting up today. Let’s just do without it.” Even without of his earpiece, he pulled off a stellar performance of ‘Fairy Tale’, and the quick two-song set impressed us so much that like his fans, we can hardly wait to see what Yoga has in store for us at his show next year.
Yoga Lin IDOL World Tour in Singapore is slated to take place on April 25, 2020, 8pm at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets are priced at S$228, S$208, S$178, S$138, S$108 (excluding booking fees) and is now available on SportsHubTix.
Following reports that the late actor Godfrey Gao had been “working for 17 hours straight” prior to his demise, a number of celebrities have come forward to discuss the dangers of overwork, including Taiwanese singer-actor Aaron Yan, as well as Taiwanese actresses Alyssa Chia, Vivian Hsu and Chinese actress Kitty Zhang.
Godfrey had collapsed in the middle of filming Chinese variety show Chase Me on Wednesday. Although he was rushed to the hospital, he could not be resuscitated and passed away the same day.
Aaron shared a post he had written back in 2017, where he penned his thoughts on a case where an individual’s epilepsy was triggered due to overwork, causing a car accident.
“When I heard that the accident happened as the driver’s epilepsy was triggered due to overwork, I found it hard to accept. This is because accidents like this are preventable. As long as the filming schedule is finalised beforehand, everything can be completed more efficiently, and the end product will be of a higher quality,” he wrote.
“Often, a huge event happens because we ignored a number of smaller events,” he wrote in his post, going on to share more about the butterfly effect.
“Let’s stop indulging these small mistakes, letting them go just because they were not done with malicious intent. If we continue to ignore this and remain indifferent, eventually, we will still have to suffer the consequences of our own actions,” Aaron added.
Similarly, Alyssa also shared her thoughts on her own social media accounts, writing, “(A life was lost) in exchange for the celebrity’s dedication to their work”. Sharing her feelings upon finding out about Godfrey’s passing, Alyssa expressed that in addition to shock, she felt devastated, and very reluctant to bid goodbye to Godfrey.
“I can only imagine the pain and torture his family and loved ones are going through, I really feel terrible,” Alyssa said.
Vivian also expressed her condolences, writing, “To all my celebrity colleagues, from today onwards, let’s only work hard, and not put our lives on the line. Let’s work together to get our health back.”
Continuing on, she shared more about the hardship and trouble that celebrities go through behind closed doors.
“It’s common practice to work for two days straight without sleep, our days and nights are turned upside down,” she shared, going on to reveal that she once went seven days without sleep, causing her to faint.
Vivian then went to to share that she did not notice how badly she was treating her body until she started caring for her father when he was was ill 10 years ago. After that, she began to prioritise her health, in order to repair the damage she caused to her body.
Kitty also wrote in an online post, “Other than the working hours, (we are also at risk of) formaldehyde poisoning from our working environments, as well as various unreasonable and dangerous filming requirements, that are beyond our wildest imaginations. (Unlawful) intimidation, explosions as well as cyber violence (from netizens)… can we thoroughly regulate (all these)!”
In other related news, filming for Chase Me has been cancelled completely, and it has been reported that the production crew of the show will be dismissed. Additionally, it is said that the authorities plan to review all sports-themed programmes, regardless of whether they will air on television or be broadcasted online.
Chinese singer Li Ronghao has never been one to blow his fuse easily, and has always been known for his calm and steady personality.
However, it seems like the singer has had it with his management agency, taking to Weibo yesterday (Nov 28) to post a tirade against them.
Ronghao had shared earlier that he “has something to announce on December 5”, along with a picture of his many music awards and trophies.
His fans, who did not sense that there was anything amiss, replied asking if he was about to hold a wedding banquet with Taiwanese singer-actress Rainie Yang. The couple had registered their marriage in September this year.
Half an hour later, the singer uploaded another post, ranting against his management agency, as well as the various music streaming platforms in China.
“I just want to ask all the mighty music streaming platforms, as well as my amazing manager, is it that hard to release a song? I've been waiting since September, and now you’re telling me that nothing is confirmed yet. Whenever I ask, you’ll say that everything has a process to follow, what’s up with that? Fending me off with the same answer of 'it’s in process' everyday, [saying that] there’s nothing wrong.”
“You can continue running around the office with your ‘processes’, if the song cannot be released on December 5, I will post the song online myself! (Do you think) that I’ll really be unable to move forward without you guys?”
The singer’s last album was released a year ago, in October. It is understood that his upcoming single has been ready for release since May this year, with the launch date getting pushed back time and again.
After 10 years, the Ip Man movie franchise will be coming to an end, with the release of the final movie, Ip Man 4: The Finale, later this year.
At a press conference for the movie in Beijing on Wednesday (Nov 27), Hong Kong actor and martial arts star Donnie Yen announced that he will be bidding goodbye to the world of kungfu films with the end of the Ip Man movie franchise.
Donnie shared that he’s extremely proud of the movie, saying, “Movie franchises typically don’t last beyond the first two sequels. When you go on to shoot the third instalment, the quality of the product will usually go downhill. But for Ip Man, the first three movies were very well-received by the public. I believe that we wouldn’t disappoint the public this time as well.”
Despite this, Donnie shared that it's time to give up on kungfu films and focus on other genres.
“As an actor and movie producer, after shooting so many films, I have some movies that are well-received by the public, and others not so much. While on this path full of challenges, I’ve shot quite a number of kungfu flicks. Prior to Ip Man, I had always preferred shooting period movies. When I knew that I was going to do Ip Man, everyone wondered how someone with an image like mine could film Ip Man. But now, the roles are reversed. Now that I’ve filmed Ip Man, how can I go on to take on other movie genres?” he questioned.
“As an actor, we have to constantly look forward, this is the only way of life. We have to look ahead and explore, improve, this is the meaning of life,” Donnie said, expressing his desire to branch out and try something new.
Earlier this year, TVB actor Raymond Lam reportedly applied for December leave to get married.
There were photos showing his fiancee, Chinese model Carina Zhang, and his mother visiting a wedding boutique.
A fan-club celebration of Lam's 40th birthday, which falls on Dec 8, was cancelled.
But with Hong Kong now hit by pro-democracy protests, he has told reporters that the wedding, said to be set for Dec 8, is now postponed.
The delay comes in the wake of other postponements and cancellations of events by other celebrities such as singers Jay Chou and Eason Chan .
Lam, 39, one of TVB's most popular artists and touted as the station's most eligible bachelor, and Zhang, 29, have dated for more than a year.
They filed for marriage in September.
Observers have noted that his parents have given the thumbs up to Zhang because she is devoted to their son.
She has posted photos of her cooking for the busy actor during her Hong Kong visits.
Lam's mum and dad apparently did not like his former girlfriend, Hong Kong actress Karena Ng, 26, whom he dated for five years.
There were reports that Ng was eyeing his family's wealth.
According to the marriage registration document, Zhang has moved in already to Lam's luxurious apartment in Pok Fu Lam, which he bought four years ago for HK$60 million (S$10.5 million).
The couple may move to another place after their wedding, with reports of her checking out a bigger unit - in the ritzy Mid-Levels residential area - that has a price tag of more than HK$100 million.
It was not a small, trivial matter for the TV viewers.
Now, with more than 400 people lodging complaints, TVB artist Priscilla Wong, 38, is facing a big headache, after she made fun of fellow actor Tony Hung's masculinity.
In a True Or False segment in a recent show to mark the Hong Kong broadcaster's 52nd anniversary, she said she had seen Hung, 35, in the buff.
She then put up her pinkie to indicate the size of his genitalia.
Wong revealed that her information was first-hand - the duo had once visited a public bath in Turkey to shoot a travelogue.
After her expose drew howls of protest from viewers, Wong conceded that she had behaved inappropriately on the show, reported the HK01 portal.
"I shouldn't have said things that stepped over the line.
"Watching the playback, I realised how disrespectful I was," she said, adding that she will be more careful in future.
Hung has laughed off the matter, telling reporters that what Wong had said should be taken lightly.
The two have been friends for a long time.
"She actually didn't see me naked, unless she peeked and I didn't know. I'm not upset with her at all," he added.
His girlfriend, Inez Leong, is not offended either, reported the 38jiejie portal.
The 31-year-old model told reporters that Wong was only doing her part to make the show entertaining, and that she was happy with Hung's physical attributes.
News of Taiwanese actor Godfrey Gao’s passing came as a shock to everyone yesterday (Nov 27), with reports sharing that the 35-year-old had collapsed in the middle of filming Chinese variety show Chase Me. The show pits celebrity contestants against each other in a battle of physical strength and endurance, with Godfrey making a guest appearance in an upcoming episode.
According to eyewitness reports, Godfrey’s heart “stopped for three minutes” following his collapse. After 10 minutes of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), the doctor managed to get the actor’s heart beating again, and Godfrey was rushed to the hospital.
However, Godfrey could not be resuscitated upon arrival at the hospital, and passed away the same day.
Follow-up reports have claimed that the actor had been “working for 17 hours straight” prior to his demise. It is speculated that the midnight filming hours contributed to Godfrey’s fatigue as well.
Reports have shared that Godfrey’s rumoured girlfriend, a non-celebrity named Bella, is currently in Zhejiang, China, together with Godfrey’s family and the two CEOs of Godfrey’s management agency to identify the actor’s body.
Following the news of his demise, Godfrey’s close friends and celebrity colleagues could only express their shock and dismay, and many took to their social media accounts to express their condolences and pay tribute to the late star.
The Taiwanese-American singer-actress, who had just met up with Godfrey two days ago, expressed her disbelief upon hearing the news. She shared that the duo had made plans to meet again on Friday (Nov 29) for Taiwanese ex-basketball player James Mao’s wedding.
“We are still in shock and disbelief. We just saw you a few days ago and told you to be safe during the show recording, and we’re supposed to see each other at [James]’s wedding. How can this happen so sudden?? How? Why??!! G, we love you, and we miss you dear brother. Rest well (sic),” she wrote in her caption.
Godfrey was set to be a groomsman at the Taiwanese former basketball star’s wedding tomorrow (Nov 29). James uploaded a broken-hearted emoji on his Instagram Story, adding a second caption in English, “This is not how it's supposed to be. We [were] supposed to go snowboarding in February. I'm supposed to see you in two days. We [were] supposed to grow old together. Why [are] you leaving me so early? I love you always my brother. I’m heartbroken and speechless. We will have a glass of whiskey again one day together. Rest in Heaven.”
Calvin Chen and Johnny Huang
Calvin, who was part of Godfrey's team during filming for Chase Me, uploaded a group picture in the wee hours of the morning today (Nov 28).
“We only met for a while at the airport. Even though there were plenty of empty seats on the plane, we insisted on sitting together, chatting about work, our lives, and the future. Even though we don’t keep in contact much, we still had loads of topics to chat about. I guess it’s because you’re just so easy-going and cheerful. I never thought that this group picture we took before filming started would be our last picture together. Rest in peace, Godfrey! We’ll always be with you,” wrote the Taiwanese singer-actor.
Johnny, who was reportedly one of the first to alert the staff of the actor’s condition when he collapsed, also cancelled an upcoming live broadcast that had been scheduled to take place tomorrow to celebrate his birthday out of respect for Godfrey’s passing.
The duo had just worked together on upcoming drama We Are All Alone, which is set to broadcast next year.
In a Weibo post, the Chinese actress recounted the last time she had met Godfrey.
“We bumped into each other two days ago at an event, and you struck up a conversation with me, asking me if I was thirsty before taking off to get water for me,” she recalled. “You’ve always been so gentlemanly, with a passion for life, who dotes on animals. You’re bashful, and it takes a while for you to get comfortable, but when filming wrapped, you hugged each and every one of the production crew, and made a pact with me to bring me around to sample the delicacies of Taiwan when I visit.”
“When we were in Paris, you become so excited when talking about the movie that you were about to film. You were always so professional and such a good co-star, taking care of everyone around you. You were such a good person, rest in peace.”
The Malaysian-born actor, who had been in Paris together with Qin Lan and Godfrey, posted a number of pictures that Godfrey had taken of them during the trip.
“He took these photos, [and] even said [that] he will show me around LA next time when I visit. Life is fragile and strong, cruel and compassionate at the same time. Rest in peace my friend,” he wrote in his caption.
Blackie Chen and Christine Fan
Godfrey had been a groomsman at Christine and Blackie’s wedding in 2011. When Christine first heard that Godfrey had collapsed, she uploaded a post with the caption, “I’m really so worried.” She later deleted the post. Then, after the news of Godfrey’s passing was confirmed, she uploaded a picture of a black background with the caption, “My heart has shattered.”
Similarly, Blackie uploaded a picture of a black background, with the caption, “Extremely sad... you’re just like an angel on earth.” He later uploaded an old video of Godfrey playing basketball with the caption, “Today’s a day where hearts are shattered everywhere. This is a video that I especially cherish, the day we first met 15 years ago. I remember you were just 20 then, you had just returned from Canada, looking for an opportunity. 15 years later, I’ll never forget your progress, your modesty, and kindness.”
“We’re all devastated, and can’t bear to part with you,” the caption continues. ”Thank you for being in this world and giving us so many beautiful memories. We’ll always remember you. Let’s meet in heaven.”
The Taiwanese model-actress, who worked with Godfrey in the 2013 movie 101 Proposals, uploaded a post on her Weibo, sharing her dismay.
“Too sad… your honesty, your hard work, your modesty, the way you were so detached from all worldly affairs, your good sides, and the positive aspects of yourself that you didn’t even know about. I can’t bear to believe that this is true, but you’ve since spread your wings and flown off. My dear Godfrey, rest in peace,” she wrote.
The Taiwanese singer-actress starred alongside Godfrey in the 2009 drama, Momo Love, playing a pair of siblings. During a press conference for one of Cyndi’s new albums, Godfrey had made a surprise appearance along with some of their other co-stars to show their support.
Upon hearing the news, Cyndi uploaded an all-black picture on her Instagram, along with a crying emoji and a broken-hearted emoji.
The Taiwanese host uploaded a picture taken together with Godfrey, along with the caption, “So devastated! Thank you for leaving me such beautiful memories. We will meet again!”
It looks like we now know where Show Luo may have inherited his star quality from.
The Taiwanese singer-actor’s mother, Lin Hsiang Lan, recently made a surprise appearance on the latest episode of variety show Sing or Spin, and the 62-year-old completely stole the spotlight despite it being her first time on a variety show.
Sing or Spin, which is hosted by Show, Taiwanese singer-actress Ella Chen, and Chinese host Xie Na, invites contestants from all walks of life to appear on the programme, where they have to showcase their singing chops.
Show’s mother gamely took on the challenge, confidently presenting her rendition of a song. As she took to the stage to a burst of applause from the audience, she even blew a number of kisses towards them, to the delight of everyone.
After her performance, she took part in a short interview with the hosts, where she shared a couple of stories about her youth.
Show revealed that his parents used to be part of a band, with his dad taking on the role of drummer and emcee, while his mother was the lead singer. They often performed during special occasions and festivals. At that time, Show’s mother even forbade him from calling her “mum” as she was afraid that the band’s fans would object to it.
She then shared an anecdote from those days, revealing that she once instructed Show to walk further away from her. However, she could not help but to keep turning towards her son, as she was worried about him.
Finally, as the show came to an end, Show’s mother took to the stage once again to sing a second song. This time, she was joined by her son, who accompanied her with a dance performance.