Year in 2016: Asian celebrities who became parents

A non-exhaustive list of babies who joined the celebrity pack this year

Actors and actresses who have joined the ranks of parenthood
Actors and actresses who have joined the ranks of parenthood
28 Dec 2016

Actors and actresses who have joined the ranks of parenthood

2016’s showbiz scene can be summed up in a few words: scandals, deaths, marriages and, of course, cute cuddly babies. There was an inordinate amount of actresses getting hitched and having babies this year—we’re guessing the year of the monkey is a really good year to have a kid, and it looks like the trend is set to stay for the coming year too. But that’s another story for another time. Today, we celebrate all the famous folks who have joined the ranks of parenthood this year—welcome to the life of soiled diapers, interrupted sleeps and nightly feeds.

Sharon Chan and William Lui
Sharon Chan and William Lui
28 Dec 2016

Sharon Chan and William Lui

This Hong Kong TVB actress is just about the most active pregnant celebrity we’ve seen in recent times. Even towards her final trimester, she—with protruding belly, slender legs et al—made event appearances, did photoshoots and interviews AND even has an acting gig lined up waiting for her after she pops (ICYMI: she’s set to join the cast for the third installment of Heart of Greed). Sharon gave birth to a baby boy four days before Christmas (Dec 21), a date that was specially selected by her non-celebrity husband “William”.

What we know about their little bundle of joy: He has big feet (according to his mum’s description on Instagram), weighs 3.22 kilograms, and was born with a full head of hair.

Photos: Sharon Chan/Instagram

Michelle Chen and Chen Xiao
Michelle Chen and Chen Xiao
28 Dec 2016

Michelle Chen and Chen Xiao

The Legend of the Condor Heroes lovebirds welcomed their firstborn two weeks before the end of 2016 and gave him the nickname ‘Xiao Xing Xing’ in hopes that he’d lead a happy and bright life in future.

What we know about their little bundle of joy: Apart from a picture of his tiny fist as well as height and weight, which are reported to be 59cm and 3.9 kilograms respectively, little has been shared about ‘Xiao Xing Xing’. In fact his secretive mother was so fiercely protective over her baby bump during her pregnancy that she refused to share pictures of her bulging belly or talk about how far along she was into her pregnancy. 

Photos: Michelle Chen/Facebook

Wang Lee Hom and Li Jinglei
Wang Lee Hom and Li Jinglei
28 Dec 2016

Wang Lee Hom and Li Jinglei

Second-time parents Lee Hom and Jinglei welcomed another little princess, Wang Jiana, in September this year. The musician called it another of “life’s miracle” in a Facebook post where he shared a snap of them with their newborn in the delivery suite.

What we know about their little bundle of joy: We had a glimpse of her tiny fist when she was born and her limbs when she turned 1-month-old in November. If Leehom and Jinglei’s sparse updates of their firstborn is anything to go by, that’s the most we’ll be seeing of Jiana for the time being. 

Photos: Li Jinglei/Instagram

Barbie Hsu and Wang Xiao Fei
Barbie Hsu and Wang Xiao Fei
28 Dec 2016

Barbie Hsu and Wang Xiao Fei

The couple welcomed their second child, a boy called Wang Xilin, in May this year after getting married in 2011. Barbie had a difficult birth and was warded in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after suffering an allergic reaction to the pain-killers administered during labour, which resulted in dizziness and shortness of breath.  

What we know about their little bundle of joy: ‘Little meatball’, a nickname derived from his chubby cheeks, is said to be a mini-me version of his dad and older sister, Wang Xi Yue, and was once dubbed a Daniel Wu-lookalike by netizens. 

Photos: Barbie Hsu/Weibo, Wang Xiaofei/Weibo

Reen Yu and Vic Zhou
Reen Yu and Vic Zhou
28 Dec 2016

Reen Yu and Vic Zhou

These two are by far one of the most elusive celebrity couples around: Yes, they did share news of their marriage registration but the couple went incognito and was seldom spotted in public during Reen’s pregnancy, with the exception of one fan sighting of the parents-to-be checking out a postpartum care centre together.

What we know about their little bundle of joy: Fans at Vanness Wu’s meet-and-greet session in Taiwan had a first-hand glimpse of her tiny hands when the secretive dad sent in a video message to wish his F4 pal all the best with the release of his latest music single. According to “uncle Vanness”, who has seen pictures of Vic’s baby girl, she is said to share some resemblance with her dad.

Photos: Vic Zhou/Weibo

Aimee Chan and Moses Chan
Aimee Chan and Moses Chan
28 Dec 2016

Aimee Chan and Moses Chan

Aimee is like the baby machine that never stops birthing or the gift that keeps giving (OK, we jest). The actress has had three kids since marrying fellow actor Moses in 2013 and most recently gave birth to Camilla, her third child and only daughter, in April this year. The hot mama was in the midst of filming Let’s Eat when she was expecting and even shot a running scene not knowing she was pregnant.

What we know about their little bundle of joy: She has full cheeks and a round face, just like her mama. Other than that, the only other factoid made known about baby Camillia is her rapid weight gain, when she went from 3.6 kilograms to 7 kilograms, after her first month.   

Photos: Aimee Chan/Weibo

Andie Chen and Kate Pang
Andie Chen and Kate Pang
28 Dec 2016

Andie Chen and Kate Pang

There was Andie, Kate and Aden, and along came baby Avery on June 16 this year, sharing the same birthday as her dad. As with Aden, it was another unplanned pregnancy for the couple, who only discovered about the good news during their delayed honeymoon trip to New Zealand in October last year.

What we know about their little bundle of joy: Thanks to her social media savvy parents—who even have a YouTube channel of their own, Kandie Network, to share about their parenting journey—we’ve been virtual witnesses to RiRi’s baby milestones. If anything, she’s an exact replica of her older brother, Aden, and is shaping up to be the next big social media star.

Photos: Kate Pang/Instagram

Annie Yi and Qin Hao
Annie Yi and Qin Hao
28 Dec 2016

Annie Yi and Qin Hao

This mama has no limits: Annie had her second child at the ripe ol’ age of 46 and wants to continue trying for her third child after her body recovers so as to expand her brood with second husband and Chinese actor Qin Hao. Her road to pregnancy was not easy and Annie attempted various methods such as consulting a gynecologist and injecting ovulation drugs before she succeeded in conceiving naturally.

What we know about their little bundle of joy: With her mum being an active social media user, everything that one desires to know about Milly Qin (nicknamed Little Rice Grain), from her mood swings and sleeping habits to the type of homemade food she’s eating currently, is readily available online. Annie even conducts regular giveaways on her Weibo account to pass on brand new clothes that Milly received as gifts to her fans. We definitely approve of her eco-friendly ways.

Photos: Annie Yi/Weibo

Blue Lan and Jade Chou
Blue Lan and Jade Chou
28 Dec 2016

Blue Lan and Jade Chou

Ten months after they welcomed their first child (she is nicknamed ‘Little Basketball’), Jade discovered she was pregnant again—this time with a baby boy, nicknamed Blue Junior. After his wife gave birth in October this year, Blue openly discussed his intentions to undergo ligation to prevent unplanned pregnancies in the future as they plan to “stop at two”.

What we know about their little bundle of joy: Blue has gone on an indefinite hiatus on social media since he became dad for a second time. The only picture they have shared about Blue Junior so far is the picture of Jade cradling their newborn after giving birth. 

Photos: TPG/CLICK PHOTOS, Blue Lan/Facebook

Angelica Lee and Oxide Pang
Angelica Lee and Oxide Pang
28 Dec 2016

Angelica Lee and Oxide Pang

Having twins runs in Oxide’s family (he has a younger twin brother, Danny Pang), so it was no surprise when Angelica revealed that she was expecting twins early this year. She was based in her Malaysia hometown for most of her pregnancy and took on minimal jobs as it was extra tough to be carrying twin boys.

What we know about their little bundles of joy: The two boys are named Pang Jiyun and Pang Ziran and often make guest appearances on their mother’s social media feed where she shares about their first rollover or their first babble to each other in third person speak. 

Photos: Angelica Lee/Facebook

Linda Chung and Jeremy Leung
Linda Chung and Jeremy Leung
28 Dec 2016

Linda Chung and Jeremy Leung

The well-liked TVB actress stayed away from the limelight, temporarily relocated to Vancouver after her low-key wedding ceremony in February, and gave birth to baby Kelly in August. Although her entire pregnancy journey was kept tightly under wraps, Linda has been more forthcoming about her experience with motherhood in recent interviews done during a work trip to Hong Kong.

What we know about their little bundle of joy: Kelly, nicknamed ‘Guai Guai’, is said to be a very obedient baby and takes after her mum. Picture updates of her are far and few between as her parents would like to give her some “growing up privacy”

Photos: Linda Chung/Instagram

Siau Jiahui and ‘Mr T’
Siau Jiahui and ‘Mr T’
28 Dec 2016

Siau Jiahui and ‘Mr T’

Another local celeb who popped this year is YES 933 DJ Siau Jiahui, who is currently still on maternity leave and is due to return to work in January 2017. While the DJ has held back from sharing more details about her little girl’s name—just as how secretive she is with her husband’s name and face—that hasn’t stopped her from peppering her social media feed with snaps of Tomato’s milestones and funny faces.

What we know about their little bundle of joy: To quote Jiahui in one of her posts, “She has her dad’s nose” and her mother’s mouth—so maybe she’ll grow up to be a DJ like Jiahui…?

Related:
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Photos: Siau Jiahui/Instagram

Alex To and Ice Lee
Alex To and Ice Lee
28 Dec 2016

Alex To and Ice Lee

If Harlem Yu can be a dad at the age of 55 years old, guess it wouldn’t be a stretch for Alex to father a kid at 54. The singer never thought he’d have “another family member” when he married his 24-years-younger filmmaker girlfriend Ice Lee four years ago, but as fate would have it—and to quote Alex—“Life is full of magic and surprises.”

What we know about their little bundle of joy: TMI (too much information), but Alex Junior was once called the ‘King of poop’ by his dad (for obvious reasons) and there might be a small chance that he was made in Singapore, during the singer’s visit for the Global Chinese Music Awards last year, because he wanted Singapore to bring him and his wife “baby luck.”

Photos: Alex To/Weibo

Bianca Bai and Tang Tang
Bianca Bai and Tang Tang
28 Dec 2016

Bianca Bai and Tang Tang

Apart from posting an occasional snap or two of herself, the low-key Taiwanese actress has mostly kept her love and family life out of the public eye. She gave birth to her son in Hong Kong in end-June, did her confinement there and promptly returned to work two months later to promote her new film, looking nothing like a mother who just gave birth.

What we know about their little bundle of joy: Zilch. No details or pictures have been released about Bianca’s son and the actress has succeeded (so far) in giving him space and a normal environment to grow up in. Good job, mama!

Photos: TPG/CLICK PHOTOS

Jun Ji Hyun  and Choi Jun Hyuk
Jun Ji Hyun and Choi Jun Hyuk
28 Dec 2016

Jun Ji Hyun and Choi Jun Hyuk

Korean stars like Jun Ji Hyun are notoriously private about their personal lives – so when the actress gave birth in February this year, the news was released via her agency (she doesn’t have any social media accounts of her own). The paps didn’t try to get a picture of her newborn son, although they did uncover the high-end confinement center in Seoul, which charges S$50,000 a month, she was recuperating at. The actress resumed work three months after giving birth and shocked everyone with her slim and svelte post-baby figure.

Photos: TPG/CLICK PHOTOS

Wonder Girls’ Sunye and James Pak
Wonder Girls’ Sunye and James Pak
28 Dec 2016

Wonder Girls’ Sunye and James Pak

The former idol welcomed her second child, Elisha Park Ha Jin, in April this year, following her first pregnancy in 2013. While she’d still share pictures of Hailey (her first child) growing up on Twitter, Sunye has been on a social media hiatus ever since Elisha came along, choosing to privatise her personal Instagram account as well.

Photos: Min Seonye/Instagram

Han Ga-in and Yeon Jung Hoon
Han Ga-in and Yeon Jung Hoon
28 Dec 2016

Han Ga-in and Yeon Jung Hoon

After more than 10 years of marriage and multiple miscarriages, the couple finally welcomed their firstborn—a baby girl—in April this year. We know little to nothing about their kid with the exception of her nickname “Bolt” -- her dad hopes for her to take after the animated movie character and grow up healthily. 

Photo: TPG/CLICKPHOTOS

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Korean showbiz’s biggest scandals in 2016

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