Joshua Tan goes public with new love

The actor told us more about his girlfriend, whom he has been dating for seven months

Joshua Tan goes public with new love
Joshua Tan goes public with new love
28 Jul 2018

Joshua Tan goes public with new love

Photos: Joshua Tan, Zoen Tay/Instagram

If you’ve been keeping a close watch on Joshua Tan’s Instagram, it seems that he’s been spending more time as of late in Australia. The reason: he’s in a long-distance relationship with someone who’s currently enrolled in medical school there.

Cue a chorus of awws.

The 27-year-old spoke to Toggle in an exclusive interview while he was Down Under, shedding light on his relationship with 21-year-old Zoen Tay, who also hails from Singapore but is currently based in Australia for her university education.

“I actually flew over here to celebrate our seventh monthsary,” Joshua grinned over the phone (seriously, we couldn’t see him but we could almost see his smile, probably stemming from his blooming love life) “I’m still filming (You Can Be An Angel 3) right now and this is the only four-day window I could find to fly here, so that’s what I did.”

Before you assume that him going public means that a proposal - and (gasp) wedding is in the works - Joshua clarified that he’s not quite ready to go down on bended knee yet. “We feel that we’re ready (to go public). We’ve known each other for more than a year, (our relationship) is quite stable and there’s no need for us to hide any longer,” he shared.

“Only the people that we wanted to know about the relationship knew about it - the people closest to us, our friends and families. We didn’t want to put pressure on our relationship. Some people might be skeptical (of us) because of my job, especially since actors have a certain reputation,” he explained.

Joshua Tan goes public with new love
Joshua Tan goes public with new love
28 Jul 2018

Joshua Tan goes public with new love

“We just wanted to make sure that we were stable and ready for the next step. We’ve been talking about it, and although it will definitely put pressure on her, I think she’s ready and I hope that there won’t be any negative pressure on her.”

How they met was also something out of the movies: Zoen was back in Singapore for her winter break when her best friend decided to introduce the both of them to each other. “He trains at the same Muay Thai gym as I do. He arranged for us to meet and we did. We hung out and things just progressed naturally,” Joshua said.

As for what he likes best about his girlfriend (who, by the way, is the first that he's gone public with), Joshua chuckled before he expressed, “It’s a double-edged sword. The things I like about her also frustrate me at times. She’s very strong willed, independent, but she can be stubborn at times. That’s her strength, but it can be frustrating as well. I wouldn’t say that it’s her weakness but it’s a two-way road and she’s very clear about what she wants.”

Joshua also surprised us when he revealed that he has met her family - three days after they started dating. “They’re aware of the stereotypes (about actors) but they kept an open mind. They also came to watch my musical, Flying Through Time, and I’m really happy that they’re very supportive of us.”

Zoen has also met the rest of the Ah Boys - although Joshua let on that Maxi was the first to know about the relationship. “I actually think he got to know her even before I did,” Joshua mused. “He was just really happy and supportive, and he still is.”

Another change that we noticed on Joshua’s Instagram - apart from the frequent trips to Australia - is that Joshua has started posting a lot more cooking updates. “It’s something I enjoy doing and she enjoys eating as well. She hasn’t had food poisoning so far so I guess that’s a good sign,” he laughed. “It’s also my way of spending time and loving her, so I guess it all works out.”

Click on for more (adorable) photos of Joshua and Zoen!

Joshua Tan goes public with new love
Joshua Tan goes public with new love
28 Jul 2018

Joshua Tan goes public with new love

Joshua Tan goes public with new love
Joshua Tan goes public with new love
28 Jul 2018

Joshua Tan goes public with new love

Joshua Tan goes public with new love
Joshua Tan goes public with new love
28 Jul 2018

Joshua Tan goes public with new love

Joshua Tan goes public with new love
Joshua Tan goes public with new love
28 Jul 2018

Joshua Tan goes public with new love

Joshua Tan goes public with new love
Joshua Tan goes public with new love
28 Jul 2018

Joshua Tan goes public with new love

Joshua Tan goes public with new love
Joshua Tan goes public with new love
28 Jul 2018

Joshua Tan goes public with new love

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