Taiwanese hiphop group Machi was all the rage back in the early noughties, propelling its members like Jeffrey Huang, Stanley Huang and Nicky Li to stardom.
Also making a name for himself was the group's youngest member, Andrew Chou aka Machi Didi (or Machi Little Brother), who was all but 13 then.
The US-born Andrew is now 31, and as it turns out, happily married.
Recently, Taiwanese media revealed that Andrew had registered his marriage in Clark County, Nevada with his manager, Nicky, on June 9, 2016.
Back then, there were already rumours that they had tied the knot, but Andrew only admitted that they had been dating for four years.
Nicky has since confirmed the good news to the media... albeit five years later.
“It's not that we didn’t want to go public, but our elders wished for us to hold a wedding ceremony, so we didn’t want to go public before the wedding happened,” she explained.
Reports also shared that the couple have just returned to Taiwan, after visiting relatives in the States.
Andrew also wrote a short post on Facebook, where he shared a couple of pictures of their “impromptu wedding ceremony” at the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada.
“She doesn't want expensive dates or gifts. We are happy just being together... we wouldn't trade it for the most extravagant wedding in the world. I don't say she's my wife, I say she's my soulmate,” he wrote.
Taiwanese Singer Ou De Yang Was S$1.4mil In Debt, Then He Released His Hit 2003 Song ‘Lonely Northern Hemisphere’
Remember Taiwanese singer Ou De Yang? The 51-year-old, whose English name is Ocean Ou, was known in the noughties not just for his crystal clear vocals but how he spent years keeping his face hidden from the public.
Instead, he used a cartoon character to front his album covers and music videos because he wanted everyone to focus on his vocals and not his looks.
His biggest hit was, of course, 2003's 'Lonely Northern Hemisphere', which you definitely would have sung at least once in the karaoke or in the shower.
But did you know that Ou De Yang's life was turned around by that very song?
In 2002, the singer was NT$3mil (S$1.4mil) in debt because of failed investments, and he had to rely on friends and his manager to help him release that track.
And as fate would have it, the tune became a massive hit and Ou De Yang's popularity skyrocketed. Job offers came pouring in and he managed to clear those debts in double quick time.
These days, the singer is doing well in China, where he performs regularly in concerts and makes appearances on variety shows. In April, he established his own studio there, a sign that he would be based there for the foreseeable future.
It's often said that Ou De Yang's popularity dipped after he revealed his real face in 2005 and some netizens believe that's the reason the singer moved to China.
Said one netizen: "It’s because we’re too fixated on good looks that we often overlook talented musicians like De Yang (…) But I’m happy to know that he’s doing well because his voice is one that deserves to be heard.”
Olympic fever has hit Taiwan. It's the first time they have sent a men’s gymnastics team to the Games in 56 years and though the guys did not make it to the group finals, one gymnast has caught the attention of netizens, not for his performance, but his looks.
Netizens are saying that 19-year-old Hong Yuanxi really looks like Taiwanese host Dee Hsu’s eight-year-old daughter, Alice Hsu, pointing out their curly hair, single eyelids, and thick lips.
Even Dee thinks so too.
Yesterday (Jul 25), the mother-of-three shared the meme of Alice and Yuanxi on Facebook with this caption: “Son, mum and [your] younger sister are waiting for you at home! Thanks for your hard work.”
Within half an hour, the post received more than 30,000 likes and hundreds of comments.
"No wonder I found him so familiar. Mystery solved", “I thought he looked like [Korean actor] Kim Soo Hyun, but it’s actually Alice”, “Would like to find out if papa Hsu is happy that the house is no longer a female dormitory”, and "You should be his stepmother? This will haunt Alice,” were just some of the comments from amused netizens.
Four hours after her post, Dee uploaded a video joking about how proud she is of Yuanxi and that he is the best big brother.
When Dee asked Alice if there's anything she wanted to say to her "brother", Alice replied "the guy with the afro?" before laughing.
Wait, there's more
Soon, netizens started sharing other Hsu family lookalikes in the Olympics including Chinese weightlifting champ Hou Zhihui, who clinched the gold medal in the women's 49kg category.
“Don’t forget, you have another daughter," wrote one netizen, while another asked: "Do you have one more [daughter] in China?"
Alice isn’t the only one in the family with a doppelgänger in Taiwan’s gymnastics team.
Several netizens pointed out that gymnast Ting Hua Tien looks a lot like Dee’s eldest daughter, 15-year-old Elly. What do you think?
Eric Suen Slammed For Setting A Bad Example For Kids After He Posts Vid Of Him ‘Robbing’ A Jewellery Store
‘90s pop idol Eric Suen, 48, has been raking in crazy big bucks ever since he started focusing on his career as a live streamer in China. According to reports, he can earn nearly HK$1mil (S$175,000) in gifts with just a two-hour broadcast.
So why was he recently caught robbing a jewellery store on camera?
A while ago, a video of a man barging into a jewellery store and threatening the terrified-looking shop assistant with what looks like a gun started circulating online. The thief was shown making off with a large number of gold bars.
What made this particular crime so interesting were the words “Singer Eric Suen exposed sneaking into a jewellery shop late at night” stamped over the clip along with a photo of the Hongkong star.
Needless to say, netizens were baffled at why a popular celebrity would need to resort to such a desperate act, and all kinds of speculations spread like wildfire on the internet.
When the rumours got too out of hand, an inside source came forward to clarify that the video was actually a short film created by Eric himself to promote his live stream channel.
Sure enough, another clip of the scene shows Eric grabbing a hairdryer — nope, not a gun — and rushing into the jewellery store, hoping that the staff would allow him to plug it in somewhere so he can style his hair in preparation for an upcoming broadcast.
The ‘gold bars’ that he was shown ‘stealing’ in the CCTV footage were also revealed to be chocolates, which he happily shared with the sales assistant.
The truth behind the dramatic video was met with mixed reactions from netizens.
On one hand, there were those who praised the short film for its creativity and for standing out amongst other promotional videos seen in the past. After all, it certainly succeeded in getting people to talk about it, right?
However, some also accused Eric of going too far with this publicity stunt, which could potentially set a negative example for children. Eric has yet to respond to the controversy.
Taiwanese Professor, Who's Said To Look Like Fann Wong, Urges Public Not To Forget About Helping Stray Animals During COVID-19
Did you know that there’s a professor at the Taipei University of Marine Technology (TUMT) who’s known for looking like Fann Wong?
Wang Youting, or Tanya Wang, teaches pet care and grooming at the university, and has been dubbed “Fann Wong’s copy” and the “Fann Wong of TUMT” by netizens.
Do you see a resemblance?
As you can probably tell from her job (and social media feed), Tanya is a huge animal lover and has kept all sorts of pets, including cats, dogs, tortoises, guinea pigs, and even a pair of Roman geese.
She’s also very passionate about animal welfare issues. In a recent interview, she urged the public not to forget about strays and do their part for animal charities amidst Taiwan’s COVID-19 resurgence.
“Although we’re unable to gather in groups, there cannot be a decrease in donations and care!” she declared.
Before the pandemic, Tanya used to take her students to animal shelters to bathe and groom the dogs there every semester. However, they’re unable to do so now under the nation’s Level 3 COVID restrictions.
“Our furry friends need even more help than ever during this pandemic,” she said, adding that while it’s important to adhere to the guidelines and not gather in groups, those who are able to should help out where they can ‘cos “acts of love cannot be stopped”.
For example, she suggested volunteering to bring strays out for walks and clean their environment, saying, “Maintaining hygiene is also a form of epidemic prevention.”
Another way to help out is by spreading the word about animals looking for forever homes since the Animal Protection Offices are not open to the public during the Level 3 alert.
“In addition to taking care of the shelter animals, the staff have also been running an online adoption community, so they need even more people than ever to share these adoption notices,” said Tanya.
It's not uncommon for mega rich celebs to start trust funds or leave huge inheritances for their kids, but don't count Taiwanese host Jacky Wu as one of them.
The 58-year-old shared in a recent interview with Taiwanese media that he has no intention on leaving any of his wealth for his four kids.
While speaking to the media about the seventh anniversary of his hit variety show Mr. Player, the topic of Jacky's possible retirement came up.
He said “I’m almost 60 but I don’t feel like I’m that age yet (…) I started out in showbiz when I was 16 or 17, and have spent almost my entire life in front of the camera. I’m very touched that the world still finds me relevant but I think it’s more important that I live my own life.”
He continued, “If I do retire from showbiz, I’ll probably end up doing research and development. I like working in a factory environment.”
He then surprised everyone when he said he would donate all his money to charity. Jacky explained, “My kids don’t need their dad to leave any money for them. They can make a living for themselves. They’re able to contribute to society on their own.”
Jacky has four children, Sandy, 30, Vivian, 28, Olivia, 25 and Rick, 22.
Sandy and Rick have followed in their father’s footsteps and are in showbiz, though Rick got into trouble in 2018 for making a bomb threat which he later said was a joke.
While its unclear what Jacky’s net worth is, he’s consistently on the list of top earning Taiwanese celebrities.
Last year, he made NT$88mil (S$4.15mil) from hosting alone, which, FYI, is a far cry from what he used to earn before COVID-19 hit.
In pre-pandemic days, he’s estimated to make between S$5mil and S$8mil from hosting and millions more from his many endorsement deals.
Jacky is also the boss of multiple businesses, including a talent agency, and has fingers in F&B, retail and even LED manufacturing.
You know you’ve made it as a celeb when you get your own wax figure at famed wax museum Madame Tussauds.
Just look at this snap of Ah Jie Zoe Tay posing next to her Madame Tussauds figure.
Or this snap, of Fan Bingbing and her wax doppelganger.
But apart from getting immortalised in wax at a Madame Tussauds museum, celebs also run the risk of getting their likeness replicated by less-than-skillful wax artistes, whose work can be found in various bootleg wax museums.
And more often than not, these C-list wax figures end up looking more horrifying than pleasing.
Recently, this wax figure (see below) of Chinese actress Yang Mi has gone viral, not for how good it looks, but for how terrifying it is.
Just take a look at it.
Does anyone else get a faint White Chicks vibe from the figure?
But thanks to this wax model, the spotlight has been cast once again on the many other horrifying wax iterations of various celebs.
Can you guess who they are supposed to resemble?
Japanese Singer Masako Mori, 62, Denies Rumours That She's Dating A Fan; Says She Filed A Police Report Against Him Instead
Japanese singer Masako Mori, 62, announced her retirement from showbiz two years ago but her fans are still crazy over her. So crazy, in fact, she had to seek out the help of the police to handle an overzealous fan.
Recently, Japanese media outlets alleged that Masako was in a relationship with a male fan. The fan, who was referred to as Mr A, is reportedly in his 40s, and reportedly first came into contact with Masako at a concert in 2018.
From then on, the fan reportedly volunteered to work for Masako for free, manning the merchandise booth at her concerts.
It was alleged that Masako and the male fan then got closer to each other, and developed a romantic relationship.
According to these reports, they would often meet at Mr A's apartment, or backstage at Masako's concerts. Masako was also allegedly planning on moving in with the fan after announcing her retirement from showbiz.
The reports have caused a huge uproar in Japan.
However, Masako has since denied the reports. According to the singer, while she did entertain Mr A at her apartment once, the two of them have never had a physical relationship. She also pointed out that Mr A was once suicidal, and had emotional difficulties.
According to Masako, their relationship deteriorated after she announced her retirement in 2019, and she gradually distanced herself from Mr A.
However, in February this year, she was stalked and harassed by Mr A, causing her to make a police report. Eventually, Mr A promised to stop contacting Masako after he was warned by the police.
Masako was previously married to Japanese singer Shinichi Mori, whom she divorced in 2005. The couple has three sons together, and their eldest is Taka, the lead vocalist of popular Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK.
The Internet loves uncovering celeb doppelgängers, but sometimes, the stars do the work for us.
Elvin Ng, 40, did just that today (Jul 21) when he posted a pic of him with Ah Ge Li Nanxing, 56 on Instagram.
“When I was young, people would say that I look like Nanxing da ge," Elvin wrote. "I’d always respond with, ‘No lah, we don’t!’ but deep inside, I’d feel really pleased. Do you think we look alike? I’ll be really happy if you say we do."
Judging by the response his post got, Elvin's going to be a very happy camper today. Comments seen on his post include those praising both actors for their good looks and those who think Elvin and LNX "look like brothers.”
A netizen also suggested that Nanxing and Elvin play brothers in a drama together (how has that not happened yet?!), which we agree would be pretty interesting. (P/S: They've acted opposite each other in dramas The Ultimatum (2009) and C.L.I.F 4 (2016) but have never played siblings.)
Unfortunately you might have to wait a while for that to happen as Nanxing will be playing Carrie Wong's father in upcoming Mediacorp drama The Peculiar Pawnbroker. The drama, which will air later this year, also stars Romeo Tan.
It’s been 19 years since Pierre Png donated part of his liver to his then-fiancée and now-wife, Andrea De Cruz when she suffered liver failure after taking slimming pills Slim 10. And we’re happy to report that she is doing really well health-wise.
Yesterday (Jul 20), Andrea and Pierre, both 47, took to their Instagram to share the results of a recent health checkup.
And we’ll just let this GIF of the couple speak for itself.
According to their doctor, Andrea’s heart is “very strong” and her ECG results are “as normal as it can be, a textbook ECG”. In other words, a very, very good result.
According to Andrea's caption, she's been on immunosuppressants, which are medicines that lower the body's ability to reject a transplanted organ, for close to two decades.
"All I needed to hear after almost 20 years on immunosuppressants! Thank you [Doctor] and your wonderful team for spending so much time with us and putting us at ease! We couldn’t have asked for a better result or a better team to see to our concerns! “ gushed Andrea in her caption.
Of course, such good news must definitely be celebrated, right? If the GIF above wasn’t enough to convince you of how happy Pierre feels, the comment the actor left on Andrea’s post should do the trick.
Like Pierre, the couple's followers and friends, including ex-Mediacorp host and ageless wonder Benedict Goh, also left comments sharing their joy.
"This is the best piece of news ever!!!” one netizen wrote, echoing the sentiments of many.
Back in 2002, after Andrea had just received the liver transplant, the couple were told that Andrea’s body "might reject the liver after 20 years”. However, in 2018, Pierre shared in an interview that they had met with a health professional, who told Andrea that her liver will "last however long she wants it to last, as long as she keeps herself in good health”.