Actresses who relocated for love

The ones who left their hometowns for love and family's sake

L-R: Yvonne Lim, Madeline Chu, Ivy Lee and Zheng Wanling
L-R: Yvonne Lim, Madeline Chu, Ivy Lee and Zheng Wanling
04 Sep 2015

L-R: Yvonne Lim, Madeline Chu, Ivy Lee and Zheng Wanling

Remember erstwhile actresses like Madeline Chu, Ivy Lee, Florence Tan and Cassandra See? These former stars of yesteryears decided to let their acting careers take a backseat in the name of love and marriage; coincidentally, most of them are now based abroad with their families too. We check out some of these famous faces who have relocated for love.

Yvonne Lim, currently based in Taiwan and possibly the US in future
Yvonne Lim, currently based in Taiwan and possibly the US in future
04 Sep 2015

Yvonne Lim, currently based in Taiwan and possibly the US in future

On this very day, one year ago, local actress Yvonne Lim tied the knot with her Taiwanese beau, Alex Tien, in Singapore (Happy first anniversary!). Three months later, in December 2014, the couple welcomed their first bundle of joy, AJ (or Alex Junior), and after the Star Awards ceremony this year, Yvonne and baby AJ relocated to Taiwan to be with Alex who is based there managing his family’s footwear manufacturing and export business. When AJ is much older, a migration to the US is on the cards too, says Yvonne, as Alex holds citizenships in both countries.

Unlike numerous actresses who have completely gone off the radar after getting married and having kids, this is not a permanent departure from showbiz. In fact, while she’s relishing in the joys of motherhood now, she still makes it a point to regularly update friends and fans about life in Taiwan via snaps on her social media account. She did not rule out plans of a comeback because she “loves acting” too much, but the question now is when?

Watch: Will Yvonne Lim want a second kid this year?

Ivy Lee, currently based in Hong Kong
Ivy Lee, currently based in Hong Kong
04 Sep 2015

Ivy Lee, currently based in Hong Kong

At the height of her fame, Ivy decided to quit acting in November 2009 and migrated to Hong Kong in 2010 with her four kids so that the family can be with her director husband, Raymond Chow, who is based in China. Although she currently resides in Hong Kong, the actress regularly flies back to Singapore for catch-up sessions with ex-colleagues like Hong Hui Fang, Zoe Tay and Vivian Hsu, just to name a few.

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Cassandra See, currently based in Hong Kong
Cassandra See, currently based in Hong Kong
04 Sep 2015

Cassandra See, currently based in Hong Kong

After ending her marriage of three years to a German called Christian Schuler in 2003, Cassandra and her son Lukas moved to Hong Kong after she started dating a Korean man who was a high-level executive working in Disneyland Hong Kong, according to local news reports in 2013. This motor-mouth actress still regularly takes on ad-hoc showbiz projects and was last seen playing host to Quan Yi Fong for Channel U’s Home Away From Home.

Watch Home Away From Home on Toggle.

Madeline Chu, currently based in Tokyo
Madeline Chu, currently based in Tokyo
04 Sep 2015

Madeline Chu, currently based in Tokyo

She rocketed to fame in 1988 after starring in Mystery, a local supernatural drama that (we believe) is the sole perpetrator of inciting fear for butterflies and moths in most 20 and 30-something year-olds today. The former air stewardess who graduated from acting class with Pan Ling Ling in 1988 decided to quit showbiz in 1996 after getting married and migrated to Taiwan in 2005 with her family. She now plays the role of a full-time housewife and mother to two daughters (pictured above) in Tokyo, Japan, and was last seen on TV in ChU’s Home Away From Home and Star Reunion in 2012.

Watch Home Away From Home on Toggle.

Zheng Wanling, currently based in Panama
Zheng Wanling, currently based in Panama
04 Sep 2015

Zheng Wanling, currently based in Panama

This bubbly actress quit full-time acting after marrying her diplomat husband in 1998. She subsequently had a daughter and the family moved to Panama, South Africa, after her husband got posted overseas. In 2012, on a variety programme featuring erstwhile actors and actresses, Wanling shared that life as the wife of a diplomat is relatively stress-free and easy. Apart from her yearly visits to Singapore, Wanling also made a special appearance with On The Fringe co-star Yang Li Bing, at the Star Awards 2012 Show 1, as award presenters.

Florence Tan, currently based in Hong Kong
Florence Tan, currently based in Hong Kong
04 Sep 2015

Florence Tan, currently based in Hong Kong

The 1997 Star Search winner bade goodbye to the TV station after she married a Taiwanese businessman in 2006 in Taiwan. She gave birth to a pair of twin daughters (pictured above) three years later and relaunched her acting career in China in 2012, making a comeback in Mystery in the Palace. The mother-of-two has gone on to act in dramas like Tears of Woman, A Happy Life and Women of the Tang Dynasty, including a cameo role in MediaCorp’s 2012 blockbuster Joys of Life. She recently guest starred in several variety shows such as the debut episode of Home Away From Home and Mars Vs Venus.

Photo: Florence Tan via Facebook

Watch Home Away From Home on Toggle.
Watch Mars VS Venus on Toggle.

Ong Lay Pheng, currently based in Hong Kong
Ong Lay Pheng, currently based in Hong Kong
04 Sep 2015

Ong Lay Pheng, currently based in Hong Kong

The former model-actress and 1990 Star Search contestant (Chew Chor Meng counts as a batchmate too) got acquainted with Hong Kong actor Francis Ng at a Hong Kong discotheque in 1998, sparks flew and the rest as they say is history. In 2001, the couple tied the knot and welcomed their first kid Feynman in 2008. The trio made their first public appearance as a family in Singapore at the 2012 Star Awards Show 2 awards ceremony.

Vivian Hsu, currently based in Singapore
Vivian Hsu, currently based in Singapore
04 Sep 2015

Vivian Hsu, currently based in Singapore

Vivian is our lion city’s very own celebrity daughter in-law. After she married Indonesia-Chinese businessman Sean Lee in June last year, the Taiwanese actress packed her bags and moved to Singapore to be with her husband and two daughters from Sean’s previous marriage. The couple’s family unit expanded when they welcomed their third child, a baby boy called Dalton Lee, in Singapore last month after a difficult pregnancy.

Photos: TPG, Vivian Hsu

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Valen Hsu, currently based in Korea
Valen Hsu, currently based in Korea
04 Sep 2015

Valen Hsu, currently based in Korea

The Taiwanese singer married the love of her life – an S.M. Entertainment executive who is called ‘Mr. Big’, at a romantic wedding ceremony held in Korea and at the venue where drama Hotelier was filmed, one year ago on Sep 12. Shortly after their marriage, Valen moved to Korea to live with her in-laws and is said to be highly favoured by her father in-law who “sides” with her whenever she quarrels with Mr. Big.

Photo: TPG

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Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia, currently based in Hong Kong
Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia, currently based in Hong Kong
04 Sep 2015

Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia, currently based in Hong Kong

This Taiwanese beauty and Asian screen siren faded out of the limelight in 1994 and relocated to Hong Kong after she married her businessman husband Michael Ying (pictured above). The couple have two daughters and Brigitte, who commemorated her 60th birthday with a huge and star-studded bash in Hong Kong last year, recently did her first runway walk for the August 29 episode “When Idols Become Supermodels” of Chinese reality programme, Up Idol.

Photos: TPG

Zeng Huifen
Zeng Huifen
04 Sep 2015

Zeng Huifen

Best remembered for her role as Ah Gui in Samsui Women, Zeng Huifen retired from acting in 1996 and migrated to the US in 1997 with her two children and engineer husband (not pictured) after the latter got posted to Texas.

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