Photos: Tammi Tan
By the time Jeffrey Xu famously made his feelings towards Felicia Chin publicly known at this year’s Star Awards, they had already been dating for almost six months.
In fact, they had also already shared their first kiss, as the 28-year-old duke shared with Toggle at today’s imaging session for Mightiest Mother-In-Law.
“(It happened) in her car at the carpark of our church last November; you can say I made the first move,” Jeffrey divulged with a smile. “It just sort of happened while we were preparing to get down from the vehicle.”
Since confirming their much-speculated-about relationship in two high-profile magazine spreads, “Felifrey” (as nicknamed by 8 DAYS) have gone all out with the PDA (public displays of affection), whether on the streets or on their respective social media pages.
However, the considerate boyfriend makes sure to get his lady’s permission before sharing something with her in it. “I’ll show her and say, ‘Hey baby, is it okay with you if I post this?’ and if she’s not comfortable with it, then I’ll respect that.”
(Photos: Jeffrey Xu/Instagram, Felicia Chin/Instagram)
The newfound freedom is a huge relief for Jeffrey, as they “no longer have to do things in secret”. He’s also been lucky to receive congratulations instead of resentment from fans. “I would be disappointed if I found out that my fans were angry about my relationship, but so far there have been no negative reactions.”
Although it’s clear that the couple is still very much in the honeymoon phase (Jeffrey himself initiated the transition from talking about his drama role to his relationship by declaring himself “a man in love”), there are bound to be pet peeves. In this case, Jeffrey admitted that Felicia’s tendency to care a little too much about others – sometimes to the point of neglecting her own needs – is something he’s not particularly happy about.
That said, there have yet to be any big arguments between them. “At the most, we’ll just give each other the cold shoulder for a while.”
In Mightiest Mother-In-Law, Jeffrey plays Ken, the godson of Chen Li Ping’s character Liew Xiu Zhu. “Ken is someone who is all talk and no action,” he chuckled. “When I read the script, one scene that stuck out to me involves him trying to save a girl from bullies by flamboyantly running over and shouting, “LET. HER. GO!” before cowering in a corner when he’s threatened. (laughs) He’s quite different from my previous roles.”
Speaking of mothers-in-law, how are things between Jeffrey and his own prospective mother-in-law? “Felicia’s mum is very cute and loves to joke around; I suppose her impression of me is not bad, if I do say so myself,” he said with a laugh.
However, it may be a while before we hear any wedding bells. “I really want to get married, but I think I still have a long way to go in my career,” he mused. “I want things to be more stable so I can take better care of Felicia and be a responsible father in the future, so we’ll see how things go.”
When asked what kind of ceremony they have in mind, Jeffrey shared, “Felicia would probably prefer to have a simple one, but to me, a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime thing, so it’s very important. Perhaps we’ll have it in church.”
Felicia’s preference for down-to-earth celebrations was apparent when she had a small but sweet 32nd birthday party last week. “At first I pondered whether to organise something fancy and romantic, but all she wanted was a humble home-cooked dinner,” he said. “So Ian (Fang) came over and we cooked up a Shanghainese spread – I even did a video call with my mum so she could teach me how to do it properly!”
Jeffrey’s gift for his “Princess” was more extravagant: a hamper consisting of various items he bought from Shanghai that can’t be found in Singapore, including a scarf from a collaboration between a Korean fashion label and K-pop megastar G-Dragon.
But that’s not the last of the presents, as Jeffrey still has another item up his sleeve. “She can only get it if she goes to Shanghai because it needs to be customised,” he said. “She doesn’t know what it is yet [Ed’s note: And we promised not to give away too much!] but I suspect she can already make a guess! (laughs)”
Mightiest Mother-In-Law premieres April 18 2017, 9pm on Channel 8.