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What do actors Xu Bin and Apple Hong have in common?
Both of them—coincidentally—made things official about who they'd be spending the rest of their lives with on October 10 last week: Apple Hong secretly got married to her boyfriend of eight years after announcing her engagement two years ago while Xu Bin formally announced his upcoming marriage to his girlfriend of two years.
Former Mediacorp actress Apple caught us by surprise when she revealed in an interview with Toggle yesterday (Oct 17) that she had held a simple ceremony in her hometown of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sep 30 this year (the same day as fellow actress Tracy Lee’s marriage).
Apple got engaged with her mystery beau three years ago in 2015, when she relocated back to Singapore from China, where she was based at, all in the name of love. According to the actress, she was proposed to at home during a gathering with their friends. She subsequently shared a photo of a five-carat sparkler on her finger to announce their "engagement."
Explaining why she chose to register her marriage in Singapore on Oct 10 at 10am, Apple mentioned that she wanted to suit the auspicious date as the digits 10.10 translates to 'perfect' in Chinese and signifies a blissful union.
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The new bride mentioned that she has become less spontaneous after getting married and would always think twice about her family before rushing into any big decisions.
The 38-year-old also added that she and her Singaporean business man husband whose identity she declined to reveal, were not in any rush to have children and planned to let nature take its course.
Following her marriage and a one year hiatus from the entertainment industry, it seems that Apple’s next stage in her career would literally be the stage. She will be playing the female lead in an upcoming theatrical play, Sole Mate, which will be held in December.
(Continued on next page: Apple explains why she went on a one-year hiatus from showbiz)
Apple plays Margaret, a housewife and mother-of-three whose marriage has grown stale over the years. She seeks to get away from the reality of it by indulging in various activities during a vacation in Thailand.
“I felt like I had to really put in effort adapting to playing Margaret as our personalities were quite different. She is rather tied down with both her roles as a mother and a wife, while I am more care-free, almost like a bird with wings that does whatever it likes”, said Apple when asked if she felt very different from her character.
Aside from the challenges faced with her role, the 38-year-old actress also mentioned that despite being a veteran in the industry, she still felt like a new student when she first arrived on set. This was because performing live on stage was very different from her usual filming and she had to learn everything from scratch.
She added that she did not really know what to expect since it was her first time performing and singing in front of a live audience, with no room for mistakes.
The actress, who is currently a radio deejay, also cited the reasons for her break from acting as her wanting to devote more time to her family and her new marriage. She is also currently running a software company which helps hotels and restaurants handle their declining manpower. In addition, she also runs her own online fashion store, 'Starlistawardrobe', that sells second hand items.
Sole Mate, which is directed by artistic playwright Lim Hai Yen, speaks about the hidden pains, struggles and desires of three middle-aged women. Local talents such as Lorraine Tan, Tay Sia Yeun and Brian Ng will also be featured.
Catch Sole Mate from December 8 to December 9 at 8pm (Friday) or 3pm and 8pm (Saturday) at the Victoria Theatre. Tickets priced at S$85, S$75, S$65, S$55 (excluding booking fees) are now available on SISTIC.
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