Don't be surprised if you spot Cecilia Cheung and her two sons enjoying a hearty meal of laksa or chicken rice at your neighbourhood kopitiam. After months of speculation and hearsay, it is confirmed: Cecilia is now residing in Singapore with her kids.
In an interview with a local media, the mother of two confirmed that she has been living in Singapore for as long as two months. The 33-year-old said that Singapore's lack of paparazzi culture appealed to her as she wanted to give her sons, Lucas and Quintus Tse, 'a normal life' and a 'normal study environment'.
She and ex-husband Nicholas Tse are the next celebrity parents to enroll their two sons in a Singapore school. Nicholas confirmed this piece of news at a press conference for his film, As The Light Goes Out, in mid-December.
The Hong Kong model-actress was first spotted with her sons Lucas, 6, and Quintus, 3, at a game arcade in Singapore last November, and was rumoured have scouted out a few Singapore schools then. A few weeks later in December, she was again spotted '“ this time at Sentosa '“ enjoying family time with her ex-husband and their two sons.
In the interview, she heaped praises on the local education system and shared that her two boys will start school in late January. 'They are really excited and I'm also really excited,' she said.
Cecilia added she is now able to live like a 'normal person' due to the lack of paparazzi in Singapore. Apart from being able to go out with a bare face and 'wearing whatever I want to wear', Cecilia also shared that she can have her fill of local food (laksa and chicken rice) at coffee shops and street stalls.
On top of caring for her two sons in Singapore, the svelte actress has been actively helping out at a local volunteer organisation for the past three weeks '“ she volunteers as much as up to three or four times a week when she does not have to fly back to Hong Kong. At the organisation, she would help to prepare and pack food for the needy and elderly, and would even interact with her fellow volunteers.
Approachable and friendly, she would also oblige to photo-taking requests put in by fellow volunteers and strangers, but on the condition that they do not upload these photos online. 'Here, when people ask to take pictures, they really respect my requests and keep the photos to themselves, like I asked them to,' she said.
Other celebrities who have enrolled their kids in Singapore schools include international action star Jet Li.
First Canada, now Singapore huh