LOVE CONQUERS ALL: The tall girl, not-so-tall guy edition

We round up eight couples in showbiz that have gone against the norm – and their height differences

We round up eight couples in showbiz that have gone against the norm – and their height differences
We round up eight couples in showbiz that have gone against the norm – and their height differences
24 Feb 2016

We round up eight couples in showbiz that have gone against the norm – and their height differences

Photos: TPG/CLICKPHOTOS, artistes’ social media, file photos

You know what they say: true love conquers all.

While these couples didn’t have k-drama worthy dramatics (power tripping mother-in-laws, terminal illnesses and amnesia, anyone?) in their way, they went against the norm and paired up despite the ladies being taller than the men.

Others might not think that it’s a big deal – but not every guy would say yes to dating a girl taller than he is (even if she banished all forms of heels); likewise, not every girl would say yes to dating a guy she has to peer down at (even if he stacks layer after layer of shoelifts in his high-top sneakers).

Recently, Mediacorp actress Jesseca Liu admitted that she was in a stable relationship, and while she declined to reveal the identity of her mystery man, many have speculated that it is fellow artiste Jeremy Chan, who was last seen in Super Senior. His and her height respectively: 168cm and 172cm.

The pair was recently spotted in Chinatown shopping for New Year goodies and later revealed that they are looking to open a café together and were in the area to look for a coffee maker. Calling Jesseca a future business partner and good friend, Jeremy stopped short at calling her his girlfriend.

Regardless of whether or not the two are just friends or a little more than that, speculation will continue to simmer until the two reveal their respective partners. In the meantime, we take a look at showbiz pairs that have went against the norm and showed that height truly doesn’t matter.

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Wong Cho Lam ♥ Leanne Li
Wong Cho Lam ♥ Leanne Li
24 Feb 2016

Wong Cho Lam ♥ Leanne Li

His height: 162cm
Her height: 175cm
Height difference: 13cm
Relationship status: Said ‘I do’ last February

Wong Cho Lam proposed to then-girlfriend Leanne Li in front of thousands of people at the TVB Anniversary back in 2014. Walking on stage with a bouquet of red roses and diamond ring in hand, they changed their five-year relationship status from dating to engaged.

The modelesque Leanne once confessed, “At the beginning, I couldn’t accept (the height difference) but after thinking deeper into it, looks are only skin-deep and being able to connect well is the most important. Cho Lam is the most courageous of all the suitors I’ve met.”

The biggest obstacle in the couple’s relationship is said to have been Leanne’s parents, who wanted someone who matched their precious daughter in all ways – including looks. In the spirit of true love, Cho Lam’s sincerity is reported to have moved them so much that they couldn’t help but say yes to their son-in-law.

She also tries to minimise her usage of high heels to bring them closer (literally) to each other and makes the effort to bend to match his height when taking photos together. All together now: aww.

Donnie Yen ♥ Cecilia Wang
Donnie Yen ♥ Cecilia Wang
24 Feb 2016

Donnie Yen ♥ Cecilia Wang

His height: 175cm
Her height: 181cm
Height difference: 6cm
Relationship status: Tied the knot in 2003 and have a son and daughter

Height isn’t the only thing that’s different about this couple – Donnie turns 53 this year, while Cecilia will turn 35. The pair, that has an 18-year age gap between them, met in May 2003 and held a low-key wedding just three months after. In the following year, they became parents.

To celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary, the couple decided to shoot their wedding photos once again. In the photos, the two’s passion and love for another was evident, eliciting envy from many netizens on their ability to sustain their relationship.

They were in town in January to announce that they have become Resorts World Sentosa’s brand ambassadors for the integrated resort. At the event, when he was asked what the most romantic thing he has done for his wife is, his simple answer was this, “Happy wife, happy life”.

Related: Celeb Crushin’: Donnie Yen

Jet Li ♥ Nina Li
Jet Li ♥ Nina Li
24 Feb 2016

Jet Li ♥ Nina Li

His height: 169cm
Her height: 173cm
Height difference: 4cm
Relationship status: Married since 1999 and have two daughters

Jet and Nina first met on the set of 1989 movie Dragon Fight. After a decade, they tied the knot in a low-key ceremony in Los Angeles and Nina announced her retirement from showbiz shortly after.

The pair has made sacrifices for each other, with Jet turning down Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon – which later became a hit – and five other Hollywood movies to look after his wife, especially when she was pregnant.

When asked about her thoughts about marrying Jet, Nina declared, “I haven’t lived my life in vain!”

Gary Chaw ♥ Wu Sou Ling
Gary Chaw ♥ Wu Sou Ling
24 Feb 2016

Gary Chaw ♥ Wu Sou Ling

His height: 173cm
Her height: 176cm
Height difference: 3cm
Relationship status: Said ‘I do’ in 2008 and have a son and daughter

Sou Ling gave birth to the couple’s son in August 2008 and only registered their marriage after both their children were born. Gary knew that she wanted a romantic wedding and promised multiple times in interviews that he would ensure she got just that.

While he might have taken years to get down to it, he surprised her with a romantic proposal in January, which she accepted. Inviting about 30 of their closest friends and family, he was assisted by 100 Song For You staff to secretly film his wife for a day, editing that footage to include a hundred ways of saying ‘I love you’.

Three days later, he invited her to a theatre with the excuse of attending a screening, where he got down on bended knee and popped the question. The pair are said to be holding their banquet in about six months.

Gary has previously mentioned that Sou Ling was dating someone else when he was pursuing her and proudly declared, “I managed to snatch her from him!” While the pair was secretly dating, he’d bring her along on trips as a stylist and shared a room with her while maintaining that they lived separately in front of everyone else.

Chapman To ♥ Kristal Tin
Chapman To ♥ Kristal Tin
24 Feb 2016

Chapman To ♥ Kristal Tin

His height: 165cm
Her height: 168cm
Height difference: 3cm
Relationship status: Married since 2005

It took him five years and 30 rejections for Chapman to finally get Kristal to say yes to his proposal – on his 31st attempt. They were friends for seven years before graduating from the ‘just friends’ stage and as a result, know each other very well.

It wasn’t love at first sight and they were the epitome of “really good friends” before realising that they saw each other as more than friends.

Kristal previously revealed, “We met a lot but I never thought of being together with this person (Chapman). One day, I woke up and I don’t know how or why I suddenly felt that I wanted to date him.” Back then, she referred to her now-husband as a fickle man who had lots of girlfriends.

“I know very well about his past… After getting married, I don’t want there to be a feeling where we’re tying each other down. Instead, I just want a promise that we’d cherish (our relationship). We give each other a lot of space and allow the both of us to live our own lives,” she explained.

Related: Chapman To just wants to be himself

Daniel Wu ♥ Lisa S.
Daniel Wu ♥ Lisa S.
24 Feb 2016

Daniel Wu ♥ Lisa S.

His height: 185cm
Her height: 187cm
Height difference: 2cm
Relationship status: Said ‘I do’ in 2010 and have a daughter

At the towering height of 185cm, we reckon Daniel Wu thought that he’d never have to worry about this problem – until he met his wife, Lisa S. Standing at an impressive 187cm, she revealed that she was the one who pursued her beau. After knowing each other for eight years, they tied the knot at a quiet ceremony in South Africa.

She added, “I personally feel that when you like someone, you’ll have to spend more time around him.” While she was at a mutual friend’s party, she took the initiative to introduce herself and coincidentally worked together on a cover shoot soon after. She went with him to the movies and three months later, the pair became an item.

When members of the media called Daniel short, Lisa quickly stood up for her husband and quipped, “In my experience, there’s no difference in a guy that’s 170cm and 190cm once we get into bed”.

Peter Chan ♥ Sandra Ng
Peter Chan ♥ Sandra Ng
24 Feb 2016

Peter Chan ♥ Sandra Ng

His height: 162cm
Her height: 164cm
Height difference: 2cm
Relationship status: Have never officially registered their marriage but have a daughter together

To Peter Chan and Sandra Ng, getting married isn’t a big deal. He turns 54 this year and she, 51 – far from the “ideal” age for marriage that many cling to.

Defying conventions seems to be the name of the game for this couple – Peter, who is a director, is said to have rejected many an actress but clicked with Sandra because of their similar interests and unique compatibilities.

Sandra clinched the Best Actress award at the 40th Taiwan Golden Horse Film Awards in 2003 and tearfully thanked him in her acceptance speech. Once she returned to Hong Kong, he got down on bended knee and proposed to her with a diamond ring, confirming their relationship. Sandra, however, declared that she never had the intention to get married.

When asked for the reason, she shared, “I don’t want to get married because I don’t want to wear a wedding dress, I don’t want to have a party and neither do I want to have a banquet. I just want to have a baby – I really like children to the point of madness.”

Simon Yam ♥ Qi Qi
Simon Yam ♥ Qi Qi
24 Feb 2016

Simon Yam ♥ Qi Qi

His height: 179cm
Her height: 180cm
Height difference: 1cm
Relationship status: Tied the knot in 1997 and have one daughter

Dubbed as a golden couple due to their striking looks, Simon Yam and Qi Qi, together with their 10-year-old daughter are often the subject of the public’s interest. While he’s above average in height, he loses out slightly to his wife in this department.

When they first met, Simon was a box office champion but he didn’t stand out from Qi Qi’s many suitors apart from his warm-looking appearance. His consideration and pampering towards her eventually won her heart and the rest, as they say, is history.

Another aspect that is said to have solidified his place in her heart was the amount of trust he had in her: he set up a joint bank account, which he allowed her to use freely and without question.

Qi Qi, however, doesn’t like using his money and refuses to spend a cent, even on his credit card. Her declaration? “I have my own money to use!” Asked if she feels that Simon loves her more than she loves him, her response was, “Love is always a two-way street”.

Dubbed the ‘money-snatching couple’, this pair is a hot favourite among advertisers and have seen their bank accounts grow fatter through various endorsements that they collaborate on.

This story first appeared on toggle.sg/ch
Story by Dion Tang

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