We will not make this up even when we wished to. A few of this yr’s leisure information have been so loopy, they belong on the telly.
Under, AsiaOne writers keep in mind essentially the most jaw-dropping and eye-rolling information that occurred in 2019.
Netflix’s first actuality collection on younger Singaporeans and their struggles generated numerous feelings from native viewers, principally disbelief.
Bryan Lim: I’m so torn about this as a result of Singapore Social was a complete mess that my buddies and I nonetheless discuss (at the least it made its mark differently) however Sharon Au getting warnings from HR as a result of she emailed her French colleagues after work may have occurred to any certainly one of us.
The previous Singaporean TV host-actress bought a tradition shock quickly after beginning work in Paris, when her colleagues reported her to human sources for sending work emails and textual content messages after working hours.
(Author needs to stay nameless for causes of job safety): I kinda want work-life steadiness was really given the identical stage of significance right here as they do in France. I am jealous.
Clara Grimonia Lim: This bought me feeling WTF however in a extremely great way. Personally, I feel generally we must always take a leaf out of the French’s e-book in relation to work-life steadiness, I say as I sort this at 7:54pm.
The Singaporean singer-actor bought a divorce this yr, reportedly due to his romantic scandals; was charged with theft (together with a pack of cigarettes and a lighter); and was additionally arrested for inflicting annoyance to the general public.
Tan Thiam Peng: They are saying unhealthy publicity for a celeb is healthier than no publicity. Aliff Aziz is unquestionably difficult that conjecture. He has spent the higher a part of the yr in destructive information and simply typically misbehaving in public – as a substitute of blessing us along with his vocals. It appears to be like like he must get his act collectively earlier than his pop profession is irreversibly undone.
The personal messages between the 2 younger native actors have been leaked illegally in Might, and the salacious contents embody unabashed flirting – Carrie has a boyfriend whereas Ian was rumoured to be relationship fellow actress Rebecca Lim – and dissing Malaysian actor Lawrence Wong.
Kwok Kar Peng: Has nobody realized from Edison Chen’s intercourse movies leak in 2008? Nothing is personal anymore. After all, the one one who broke the regulation is the one who leaked the messages, however Carrie and Ian ought to know higher. It is a horrible means for our two younger actors to study a lesson on constancy and stabbing somebody on their again.
First, the Taiwanese singer-songwriter was reported to the police by his spouse for drug abuse. Every week later, he informed the media he is having an affair with a live-streamer and shall be divorcing his pregnant spouse.
Joey Lee: The person even IG-storied his arrest by the police and the one appropriate response to that’s “WTF.” I can not think about being within the footwear of his pregnant spouse and having to be the one to name the cops on him, a lot much less being served divorce papers the very subsequent week and studying that he is dishonest on her even earlier than the separation is finalised. I had no concept this breed on males existed.
UNEXPECTED NEWS THAT WENT VIRAL
The catchy headline caught the readers’ consideration to learn extra about this native actress’ experiences filming Loopy Wealthy Asian and the Toggle collection Final Madame.
Bryan: My editor did not assume it might go viral and I used to be decided to show him mistaken. And I did. I am a fan of hers and she or he is an absolute delight. Even Irene Ang (founding father of Constance’s artiste administration company, Fly Leisure) stated she is going to go far.
Whereas she made her showbiz debut greater than a decade in the past, native freelance actress Meixin is hardly a well-known face to viewers right here. She talks about her stifling early days and the way she’s slowly gaining a foothold right here.
Kar Peng: She’s been in showbiz for such a very long time however juniors have turn into extra common and recognisable than her. It felt like her former administration company compelled her into the damaged mould of a stereotypical demure woman with impeccable etiquette. However critically, Singapore ladies have been introduced as much as be who they wish to be, and never what conventional society expects them to be. We’re completely satisfied to be loud, tomboyish, and outspoken.
The headline says all of it. Jaw drop.
Joey: I believed this plot was from a Taiwanese drama solely to seek out out that is actuality. This one will also be labeled below WTF as a result of I can not think about being in her place and having to chop off two of the closest folks in life at one go.
THE BIGGEST REVEAL
He used to spend as much as $5,000 a month on 4D.
Joey: Whereas Mark Lee has at all times performed up the ‘Ah Beng’ character, I by no means anticipated him to be a gambler and open up about it. I feel it is actually courageous of him to reveal this soiled previous of his in a bid to warn others to not fall into the identical entice.
Issues have been as soon as so unhealthy after their divorce that their daughter Eleanor modified her surname to her godfather’s.
Lam Min Lee: Over time, the story of TV host Quan Yi Fong and actor Peter Yu has unfolded like a household drama. From their excessive profile break-up, her citing their daughter Eleanor single-handedly, to him admitting that he has an estranged relationship with their little one.
Most of us would count on the pair to be on unhealthy phrases. Properly, even the manufacturing crew tried to forestall each of them from assembly one another whereas they labored on totally different tasks on the similar location. Who would’ve identified that the pair would have a pleasant trade after they bumped into one another? After their assembly, Yi Fong even revealed that she had already forgiven her ex-husband. Does it really feel like a closure of types to a household saga?
Zhou Jie, the break-out star of the Chinese language drama from greater than 20 years in the past is now a profitable farmer-businessman.
Trini Ng: I cherished watching My Truthful Princess once I was younger and this piece of reports got here as a shock to me. In any case, Zhou Jie’s former co-stars — Vicki Zhao, Ruby Lin and Fan Bingbing — grew to become extra profitable within the leisure trade after the drama, so I assumed the identical of him. Truthfully, I am simply completely satisfied to see that ‘Er Kang’ has lastly stopped chasing after ‘Zi Wei’ and has settled down doing what he loves.
WHAT MADE US GO AWWW
Going from Para Para Sakura to Child Shark is not precisely a traditional profession development for a Hong Kong Heavenly King, however he did it anyway to impress his daughter.
Trini: Can folks cease this Child Shark nonsense already?
A single mum of two was struggling along with her loss-making meals stall, and the Hong Kong celebrity specifically patronised it to create publicity.
Joey: It is at all times heart-warming to see proof of how celebs are common people in spite of everything, and this story made me see Chow Yun Fatt differently. Earlier than, he was just a few mega Hong Kong star, however now I will keep in mind him for his down-to-earth and approachable self. He used his fame for good. This single mum’s story was inspiring as a result of she additionally put in numerous arduous work and managed to succeed by means of her personal culinary expertise, not simply because Chow Yun Fatt visited her stall.
The 44-year-old Taiwanese model-actress immediately introduced in June that she has married Akira of Japanese boyband Exile.
Kar Peng: What’s extra wonderful than her lastly discovering her happily-ever-after, is them managing to pak tor and register their marriage with out the media and public discovering out. It is also a bit hilarious how the abroad media painted Chi-ling’s former squeeze, former F4 idol Jerry Yan because the unhappy, shocked ex. Does she have a factor for boyband members?
When the 2 wee ones could not see daddy on stage with all of the razzmatazz in his Shanghai live performance, Jay held a non-public live performance for them the very subsequent day, full with dancers, stage lighting and costumes.
Rainer Cheung: I like how seemingly and needlessly further Jay Chou is in no matter he does for his spouse and kids, but it looks as if essentially the most regular factor ever to him. And contemplating his previous, it is fairly heart-warming how he’d actually go the space only for his youngsters.
Earlier than their little boy Zed got here alongside, folks have been badgering the golden couple on after they have been going to have Junior. Christopher noticed how a lot the general public strain was weighing on Fann, so he informed her repeatedly that he did not need youngsters to alleviate her stress.
Min Lee: The strain to have youngsters is actual. Even Fann was not spared after she married Christopher in 2009. She was as soon as so eager to have a toddler that she regarded like she wished to “kidnap” them. The sight broke his coronary heart and he informed her that he did not desire a child anymore. Finest husband award, anybody?
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