Rainie Yang posted a bizarre string of Instagram posts earlier this month, leading to speculation that her marriage to fellow singer Li Ronghao is in trouble. Although she clarified that there’s nothing to worry about, netizens were not quite convinced.
We, however, were very much convinced that all is well between the newlyweds, especially after her latest concert, Youth Lies Within, that was held at Singapore's Star Theatre on November 9.
After two decades in the biz, Rainie decided to bring things back to basic with this tour, choosing to use less elaborate costumes and stage props as compared to her previous tours and focusing on her music instead.
The result was a cozy (well, as cozy as it can get being in a venue with a couple of thousand other fans), session with the 35-year-old. She even ventured off the stage and sang her hit song, ‘Ideal Lover’, while walking around the first floor of the theatre.
Apart from her trademark silvery voice, there was something else about Rainie that hasn’t changed over the years - her wit.
Seeing the fans in the audience pointing their phones at her throughout the show, she asked the cameraman for help to pan in to an unflattering angle of her, which made her look as though she had a double chin. She deadpanned, “If you have footage of me at bad angles looking like this, you can keep it for memories, but don’t upload it! I’ll blacklist you if you do!”
She then asked the cameraman to take another shot of her, this time from a higher angle. “If your photos or videos are taken at flattering angles, please go ahead and post it!” she added, evoking a chorus of laughter.
She also asked the fans how many had attended Ronghao’s Singapore gig, which was held a month ago. The overwhelming show of hands had her wondering why they have the same fans, quipping, “Aren’t there too many people who were present at both concerts?”
During the show, Rainie also asked the fans to pick songs that they wanted to hear next, which was met with the entire hall chanting Ronghao’s name and the title of his iconic song ’Li Bai’.
“Whose fans are you guys?” she laughed. “Whose name are you chanting right now? Police, drag them all away!” She also refused to sing ‘Li Bai’, declaring her husband’s song “too difficult to sing”.
While she didn’t talk about her marriage directly, she radiated happiness throughout the concert - especially during her performance of ‘We Deserve Happiness’.
“I felt a bit sad when I sang this song back when I was single,” she confessed. “Now, when I sing this song, I feel especially blessed. I hope to share this happiness with everyone here.”
This show, being her first since becoming Mrs. Li, had us seeing a very different Rainie Yang. Not only did she bring her A-game in terms of her vocals, the pure happiness that radiated from her as she looked completely at peace with where she is in life had us thinking that whatever it was that sparked her Instagram outburst isn’t what everyone feared it would be.
We do have one request, however. Rather than having a concert in Singapore a month apart, can she and Ronghao perform here together in the near future? We’re sure that all their fans - especially those who are fans of both artistes - would love to see it.