Andie Chen, Kate Pang go independent

The couple admitted that they’re fearful, yet hopeful while embarking on a new chapter of their lives, after deciding against renewing their respective contracts with Mediacorp

Andie Chen, Kate Pang go independent

Celebrity couple Andie Chen and Kate Pang announced on their respective social media platforms this morning (November 1) that they have ended their respective contracts with Mediacorp, and thanked the company for their blessing as they move on to the next stage of their lives. 

Andie’s contract was up on October 1, whereas Kate’s expired on October 31.

The actor wrote, “Most of my 10 years in acting, I was attached to the company. They have given me a start in my career, a channel to explore my passions and most importantly they played a big part in the formation of my family.”

Kate shared similar sentiments, musing, “I’m thankful to Mediacorp for guiding me along every step of the way and grateful to the bosses and managers for their love. As I close this chapter of my life today, it doesn’t mean that the gratitude also comes to an end. I still feel the same way, and my home is still my home. I’ll always remember this place that gave me a stage to stand on, and room to grow.”

Toggle spoke to the couple via a phone interview, where they shared more about how they made this milestone decision, addressed the elephant in the room by clarifying if what happened at Star Awards 2017 affected their decision, and where they will go from here.

Read on for more.

Was Andie’s decision affected by him missing out on a Star Award 2017 gong?

This is probably the question on everyone’s minds after Andie went back home empty-handed despite being nominated for the Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes categories, and the 32-year-old cleared the air once and for all with his reply.

“Actually, this incident made me grow closer to the company,” he chuckled. “After the magazine report came out, we started communicating a lot better, and as a result, we got to understand one another better as well. Our relationship is pretty good.”

Sharing that he feels that he grew up in Mediacorp, given that his first acting gig was when he was 11 years old, he went on, “Mediacorp is like my first love. When I was discussing the possibility of not renewing my contract, I admitted to the management that I really love the company. After all, it’s been a part of my life since I was really young, and I grew up in the comfort of it.”

“I feel very happy despite (having to go our separate ways), because when we were still in discussions, they gave me a very warm reaction, and understood where I’m coming from. What’s more important is that they support me, which makes me feel very relieved. I might not be an artiste who’s under the company any longer, but we’re still in a very good relationship and there will definitely be opportunities to work together in the future.”

(Continued on next page: So, why did 'Kandie' decide to go independent?)

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