Karen Mok: My husband tries to fatten me up

Slender singer fed extra Béchamel sauce when spouse cooks pasta

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Photos: Unusual Entertainment, artiste’s social media

Karen Mok fears her husband’s cooking. Not because it’s terrible, but because he adds an extraordinary amount of rich Béchamel sauce in his pasta dishes — his speciality.

“I wouldn’t allow him to be my personal chef while I’m on tour,” the 46-year-old Hong Kong singer said. “He thinks I’m too skinny so he tries to fatten me up. But how can I eat such food when I’m on tour? All that fat would kill me!”

During her trip here to promote her album Departures last April, Karen said her German husband of five years, Johannes Natterer, had applied to be the private chef for her Regardez World Tour because he couldn’t bear to be apart from her for too long (he’s based in London, she in Hong Kong).

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“He would be happy to be the chef on tour, but there are so many people in the crew, he couldn’t possibly cook for everyone,” Karen said. Instead, Johannes is pitching in with miscellaneous duties.

Around the world in 80 days
Karen spoke to local media on March 11 via video link from Hong Kong to promote her concert in Singapore on April 9.

“I’d been meaning to return to Singapore to hold a concert, but somehow plans kept falling through and it was upsetting,” Karen said. Her first solo concert in the country was in 2001.

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The singer’s Regardez World Tour kicked off in Taipei last September and has visited major Chinese cities including Shenzhen, Suzhou and Xiamen. After its Singapore stop, it’ll move to Macau, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US.

Explaining why her tour was covering so much ground, Karen attributed it to the 3-month round-the-world trip she took with her husband in October 2014, during which the couple visited eight countries across the globe.

“The world is so vast, so a few months of travelling it aren’t enough!” she said. “I hope I can continue travelling through my work.”

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