Gary Chaw needs his kids more than they need him

The Mandopop singer admitted that he pesters his wife to have more babies

Gary Chaw needs his kids more than they need him
Gary Chaw needs his kids more than they need him
04 Oct 2017

Gary Chaw needs his kids more than they need him

Photos: Tammi Tan, Gary Chaw/Facebook

We were given a quick warning before heading in for our interview with Gary Chaw in Johor Bahru a couple of weeks ago: “Don’t ask him anything about his divorce rumours.”

Not that we were intending to, nor needed to – the Malaysian-born, Taiwan-based singer’s marriage to Wu Sou Ling is still going strong, thank you very much. In fact, Gary happily admitted to us that he’s been pestering the missus about expanding their brood, which includes the couple’s 9-year-old son Joe and 7-year-old daughter Grace.

“I just feel like I want to have lots of babies!” exclaimed the 38-year-old. “My kids are growing up and may one day no longer need me anymore, and I have to accept that, but at the same time, I will miss them being babies who need their daddy. I rely on them more than they rely on me.”

Because of this, the Mandopop star tries his best to make time for his children despite his busy schedule. “I go to my son’s football practices and my daughter’s ballet classes whenever I can,” he said, adding a self-deprecating remark that made even his minders chuckle, “I’m becoming an uncle! (laughs)”

Gary’s latest jet-setting venture will have him flying in and out of his home country until December to serve as a judge-slash-mentor on reality singing competition The Voice. While he is clearly ecstatic with the gig, it means having to be away from his family again - and his little boy Joe has recently learned to show his displeasure at his papa’s absences, as Gary detailed on Facebook last month.

“He’s not upset, he’s just getting older and knows how to express himself now,” Gary clarified when we asked him about the post. “I want to spend more time with my son, but I also want him to understand that I’m doing a job that I love and he should be supportive; however, at the same time, I don’t want to focus so much on my career that I neglect my own son, because that ain’t right. So it’s important for me to strike a balance.”

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Gary Chaw needs his kids more than they need him
Gary Chaw needs his kids more than they need him
04 Oct 2017

Gary Chaw needs his kids more than they need him

When asked if Grace has expressed similar sentiments as her older brother, Gary chuckled with a dismissive wave and said, “She’s very independent; she’s been independent since she was 4 or 5 years old.” He went on to explain that Joe, like him, is more sensitive, sentimental and in tune with his artistic side.

“Many people ask if I see him going into showbiz, and I think he’ll probably be a producer, director or photographer, someone involved in the backstage side of stuff,” Gary continued. We detected a smidge of fatherly pride on his face.

He went on to share that whenever Joe is at any of his concert rehearsals, the little lad will watch everything closely and proceed to give feedback such as, “Daddy, I think the music should be as loud as possible!” And yes, Gary does listen to his son, as “kids have the most sincere and honest advice”.

While Joe clearly seems more inclined towards the behind-the-scenes workings of the industry, he and his younger sister have become mini celebrities in their own right, thanks to their stint with their dad on popular reality show Dad, Where Are We Going?. Gary even went as far as to proclaim, “They’re much more famous than I am, not joking about that!”

And Gary and Sou Ling clearly have no qualms about their children being in the spotlight (judging from their frequent updates on their heavily-followed social media pages). But just like any other parent, Gary is concerned about how they handle themselves when he’s not around.

“It’s fine if I’m with them and you want to take pictures of us, but it’s when I’m not there that worries me, so I have to rely on my wife to teach them how to protect themselves and say ‘no’ while being polite,” he explained. “So far it’s been okay because they’re good kids – thank God they’re not like me, because when I was young, I was really naughty! (laughs)”

Click through to see more adorable moments between Gary and his family!

Gary's daughter turns 7
Gary's daughter turns 7
04 Oct 2017

Gary's daughter turns 7

We cannot stop gushing over how adorable and angelic sweet Grace is! The little girl had her birthday last month, and her mum shared a cute story about how Grace was so excited to turn 7 that she woke up at 4.30am to announce the "good news".

Joe is all smiles at his 9th birthday party
Joe is all smiles at his 9th birthday party
04 Oct 2017

Joe is all smiles at his 9th birthday party

Gary's son turned 9 in August this year, and his parents threw him a pool party. The lad was clearly in high spirits - look at that laugh and grin!

Give Daddy a kiss!
Give Daddy a kiss!
04 Oct 2017

Give Daddy a kiss!

We love how even their pet pooch looks like it wants some loving too.

A day out with the kids and the dog
A day out with the kids and the dog
04 Oct 2017

A day out with the kids and the dog

Even the family pup got to join Gary, Joe and Grace on their outing, which looks like it involved slurping down bowls of delicious beef noodle soup. Yum!

Gary and Grace cuddle at home
Gary and Grace cuddle at home
04 Oct 2017

Gary and Grace cuddle at home

"What is happiness to you? This is what my happiness of the day", wrote Gary, who looks thoroughly content to be relaxing on the sofa with his daughter lying comfortably on his back.

Gary's kids play with animal filters
Gary's kids play with animal filters
04 Oct 2017

Gary's kids play with animal filters

Animal filters make just about anyone look cute, but the effect seems ten times more potent on already-adorable children.

A father-son day out
A father-son day out
04 Oct 2017

A father-son day out

After weeks of being busy with work, Gary finally had some time to bring Joe to Sunway Lagoon in Kuala Lumpur, where they enjoyed the pool and rides.

This is what family bliss looks like
This is what family bliss looks like
04 Oct 2017

This is what family bliss looks like

Gary wrote "Going to sleep with a smile on my face" as the caption for this photo, and we can see why. Doesn't this picture put a smile on your face too?

Grace enjoys a day out with her parents
Grace enjoys a day out with her parents
04 Oct 2017

Grace enjoys a day out with her parents

Wherever it is this family is headed (or where they came from), Grace looks overjoyed to be out with both her papa and mama.

Gary sells two paintings by his kids
Gary sells two paintings by his kids
04 Oct 2017

Gary sells two paintings by his kids

A few months ago, Gary and Sou Ling took part in a charity event, where they sold two drawings by Joe and Grace. What do you think of their artwork?

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