How EXO’s Chanyeol impressed us in Singapore

We had a brief chat with the South Korean idol when he was in town for Prada’s Spring-Summer 2019 Party

How EXO’s Chanyeol impressed us in Singapore
How EXO’s Chanyeol impressed us in Singapore
06 Apr 2019

How EXO’s Chanyeol impressed us in Singapore

Photos: Tammi Tan

Here’s something we learned first-hand - literally - about EXO’s Chanyeol when he was in town for last night’s (Apr 5) Prada Spring-Summer 2019 Party: he has a nice, firm handshake.

It’s no trivial observation. A strong grip is a sign of warmth and confidence (plus a whole load of other positive traits), which the 26-year-old South Korean singer-rapper-actor displayed during our brief group interview in a cosy private space within the boutique.

Now, our chat almost didn’t happen. We, as well as several other local media, were supposed to have a doorstop interview with Chanyeol on the black carpet at the atrium of Paragon Shopping Centre. However, overwhelmed by the massive turnout of fans that had gathered to catch a glimpse of the idol, his manager decided to pull him away prematurely for what we were later told was for the sake of the crowd’s safety.

Thankfully, the event’s organisers (shout-out to Directions Group!) managed to convince Chanyeol’s handlers to allow us and a few other previously shunned reporters a few precious moments with him (thank you, manager). Soon, we were being escorted into the aforementioned cosy private space within the boutique, where Chanyeol quickly stood up to politely greet us.

That sight alone already left a fantastic first impression on us, long before we shook hands.

(Continued on next slide: What we learned from our chat with Chanyeol)

What we learned from our chat with Chanyeol
What we learned from our chat with Chanyeol
06 Apr 2019

What we learned from our chat with Chanyeol

During those four or five fleeting minutes, we covered a surprisingly wide range of topics, namely fashion, travel, and music. And just like his attitude and actions, most of his answers impressed us.

Our question to Chanyeol was, “Besides yourself, who in EXO do you think has the best sense of style?” He didn’t need much time to think it over before naming the band’s youngest member, Sehun (whom he adorably referred to as “Sehunnie”). “He knows how to look his best when he’s dressing up, and he helps me a lot in that sense,” he explained.

The second query addressed the huge bags he’s sometimes seen with when he travels. As it turns out, this guy just likes to be well-prepared. “When you’re travelling, you never know what situations you might run into, so that’s why I always try to pack a lot of things so I can be ready for anything,” he said, adding that he also always has his notebook with him because he works a lot.

His answer to “which musical artist do you want to work with?” quite frankly surprised us (in a good way). “If given the chance, I would personally love to collaborate with Billie Eilish,” he shared. “I listen to her music a lot when I’m free, and I like her voice, I think it’s great.”

Last but not least, the topic shifted back to the theme of fashion when Chanyeol was asked if his personal style has been influenced by his costumes as an EXO member. "I prefer to dress comfortably when I’m not working, so how I look on stage and on a normal day are completely different," he said.

Well, you know what they say: get you a man that can do both. And this man certainly does both casual (e.g. oversized hoodies) and chic (e.g. thousand-dollar suits) very well. Right?

Click through for more pictures of Chanyeol and local celebrities at the Prada event!

Chanyeol arrives to the Prada event
Chanyeol arrives to the Prada event
06 Apr 2019

Chanyeol arrives to the Prada event

Chanyeol makes his way to the photo wall at the Prada event
Chanyeol makes his way to the photo wall at the Prada event
06 Apr 2019

Chanyeol makes his way to the photo wall at the Prada event

Chanyeol looks dapper in a suit at the Prada event
Chanyeol looks dapper in a suit at the Prada event
06 Apr 2019

Chanyeol looks dapper in a suit at the Prada event

Chanyeol looks dapper in a suit at the Prada event
Chanyeol looks dapper in a suit at the Prada event
06 Apr 2019

Chanyeol looks dapper in a suit at the Prada event

Chanyeol speaks to reporters at the Prada event
Chanyeol speaks to reporters at the Prada event
06 Apr 2019

Chanyeol speaks to reporters at the Prada event

Zoe Tay
Zoe Tay
06 Apr 2019

Zoe Tay

Fann Wong
Fann Wong
06 Apr 2019

Fann Wong

Lawrence Wong
Lawrence Wong
06 Apr 2019

Lawrence Wong

Qi Yuwu and Joanne Peh
Qi Yuwu and Joanne Peh
06 Apr 2019

Qi Yuwu and Joanne Peh

Rebecca Lim
Rebecca Lim
06 Apr 2019

Rebecca Lim

Desmond Tan
Desmond Tan
06 Apr 2019

Desmond Tan

Sheila Sim
Sheila Sim
06 Apr 2019

Sheila Sim

Carrie Wong
Carrie Wong
06 Apr 2019

Carrie Wong

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