13 Aug 2018
Romeo Tan spills on the first love confession he’s ever received
Video: Goh Wen Kai
Romeo Tan might be the leading man of many fan’s hearts – in the looks department, we’ve seen many comments on how handsome he is. It’s no secret, however, that he hasn’t always been Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome, as he’s previously revealed his chubbier self from his younger days.
Even before his glow-up (yes, puberty did do him well), however, he already received his first love confession at the age of 14, as the actor told us during the Say Cheese press conference earlier this month.
However, it wasn’t happily ever after for the pair, as Romeo sheepishly admitted that his puppy love didn’t last long – perhaps, in part, because he only accepted her suggestion to start dating because he didn’t know how to reject her.
“I was at the bus stop, and there were a lot of other students around us. This girl suddenly asked me, ‘Do you want to date me?’ and at the time, I was so shocked that I didn’t know what to do. I never expected that someone would approach me like this, and it was also the first time that someone had confessed to me. I was rather chubby when I was in secondary school, so I didn’t think that I stood a chance!” Romeo chuckled.
He continued, “I didn’t know what to say, so she continued with, ‘Does this mean that you’re saying yes?’ And I finally managed to reply her with, ‘Um. Okay, we can try it out.’ That’s how we started our puppy love.”
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How did Romeo’s puppy love turn out?
Sad to say, this was probably the highlight of their relationship as they didn’t contact each other much following the dramatic public confession. “We sort of just drifted apart and ‘broke up’ like that,” Romeo shrugged.
This was just one of the yes-man things that Romeo has done throughout his schooling years, as the 33-year-old revealed that it was only until he entered polytechnic did the cruel realities of the world hit him.
“When it came to our FYP (final year projects), it seemed like everyone wanted each other to die,” he laughed. “It was only after that did I realise that I can’t just say yes to whatever that people ask me for help with.”
While we were chatting, we also asked Romeo about the cryptic message that he updated on his Instagram a day before the press conference, and had to ask if it had anything to do with the Hong Hui Fang-Pan Ling Ling debacle that was ongoing at the time.
The post read, “Triumphing over others doesn’t mean that you’re good. Failure doesn’t mean that you’re not good enough. Our only opponent is ourselves.”
He clarified that it has nothing to do with the two veteran actress’ feud, and that it was something that one of his mentors sent to him as a form of encouragement. He shared that he has a few of such mentors in showbiz, but stopped short of naming them, saying that it’s a “top secret” matter that he can’t divulge.
“As I spend more time in showbiz, my field of vision becomes narrower and narrower. I might only be able to think of what my goal is, but not the process, and might even start comparing myself (to others), and feel jealous that others are more popular than I am,” Romeo admitted. “All these are possible happenings, so these mentors of mine share some of their thoughts with me (…) and I want to share them with my fans as well.”
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What’s next for Romeo?
After wrapping Say Cheese, Romeo has yet to officially announce his next project, something we also asked him about.
“I’m currently discussing my next project, which is a short film,” Romeo let on. “Mediacorp is thinking of launching a project where actors go behind-the-scenes [as directors]. For my project, I hope to be able to direct, edit and personally select the actors I want in the project. For scriptwriting, I’m not sure if there will be enough time, but hopefully, I’ll be able to do that too.”
While details are yet to be firmed up, Romeo also revealed that he will likely cast new faces should the project pull through, chuckling that we shouldn’t expect to see Rebecca Lim, Ian Fang nor Elvin Ng in his project, with the simple reason being that they’re “too expensive” to hire. If all works out, this will also be Romeo’s directorial debut.
Apart from this exciting development, there’s more to come from Romeo as well. He shared that he will be participating in a drama which will be co-produced by two countries (although he declined to reveal which), and would only hint that it’s a project that he has “anticipated for a long time”.
With these projects still hush-hush for now, we’ll be hoping to hear more good news from Romeo really soon.