Vivian Hsu Hasn't Seen Her Singapore-Based Husband In Almost Two Months 'Cos Of The COVID-19 Outbreak
As countries across the globe continue to reinforce their travel bans to curb the spread of COVID-19, families living and working in separate parts of the world have, sadly, been forced apart.
Among those who have to be away from their loved ones for the forseeable future is Taiwanese actress Vivian Hsu, 45, who left her businessman husband, Sean Lee and her two stepdaughters in Singapore when she flew to Taiwan for work at the end of February.
The Singapore-based star was back in her home country for a myriad of reasons: to announce her return to music by releasing a new single 'Yours Always', to promote her movie Little Big Women, to shoot a commercial for a brand she endorses, as well as to film the drama Who's By Your Side.
As filming for the drama is expected to last for at least 90 days, Vivian decided to take her son Dalton along with her to Taiwan, as she figured that Sean and the rest of their family could visit them anytime.
But as the pandemic worsened and both Taiwan and Singapore started to exact strict travel restrictions, it became clear that Vivian would be unable to reunite with her family for the near future.
According to Vivian, the last time she saw her family was a month and a half ago. Lucky for her, she has her three-year-old son by her side, right? Well, not quite. The star revealed that she left Dalton in the care of her family in Taipei while she films the drama in Taichung, which is located almost three hours away.
"During the COVID-19 period, I think there should be as much adult supervision as possible so that the children do not run wild. D is currently staying in Taipei with my mother and sister, and my grandmother cooks him his meals daily. And I make it a point to go back to Taipei once a week to see him. He is happy and healthy, and I have no worries” Vivian said, adding that she has also arranged for classes such as music, piano and sports to occupy Dalton’s time.
Ever since her recent COVID-19 scare, Vivian has been very careful when it comes to outdoor shoots. She said that the crew have their temperatures monitored twice a day, frequently wash their hands with soap, wear face masks and take vitamins. The set is also cleaned and disinfected daily.
"A strong immune system is one of the most important things to have during an epidemic. On set, we are provided fruits, which are rich in vitamin C. We also ensure that we wear face masks at all times when we’re not in front of the camera,” Vivian revealed.
Vivian may be far away from her family now, but her celeb pals have made sure that she's feeling loved. Take Jerry Yan and Weber Yang, for example. According to Vivian, the Taiwanese actors would visit the set with food and drinks.
“The crew has a strong bond and we are quite close. Everyone is staying united despite the virus. Other than just wearing masks, the director and main cast will take turns to treat everyone to meals..." Vivian said, adding that she has no plans to return to Singapore before filming wraps.
“I’ll have to finish filming the show first [before returning to Singapore]. Luckily, my husband is supportive and understanding. We video call every day to update one another about our day. I guess we can only have each other in our hearts now,” Vivian said. “During this pandemic, we can only focus on our health and safety.”