SINGAPORE - Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung has settled down in Singapore with her two sons, she confirmed to Life! in an exclusive interview.
Speaking in a mix of English and Mandarin, the 33-year-old beauty said that she has been living here for "about two months" already.
"I chose Singapore because there's no strong paparazzi culture here. Even though I like Hong Kong and China, and I have many fans and supporters there, the paparazzi there is too strong.
"Singapore is not like that, and I want my two boys to have a normal life and a normal study environment." School starts "later this month" for her sons Lucas, six, and Quintus, three, she said.
'They are really excited, and I'm also really excited. I think the education system here is really good."
She did not say which school she has enrolled her sons in, but Life! understands from a source that it is an international school.
Last month, her actor ex-husband Nicholas Tse, 33, said at a movie press conference in Hong Kong that their sons would be attending school in Singapore.
The family has been spotted here in recent months, including at a restaurant in Eunos and in the Hougang neighbourhood.
Yesterday, Cheung agreed to a quick interview on the condition that there would not be any photos taken of her and published.
She spoke as she was on her way out from doing four hours of community service at a local volunteer organisation, where she prepared and packed food that would later be given out to the needy.
She has been helping out at this organisation regularly for the last three weeks.
"When I don't have to fly back to Hong Kong for work, I will go maybe three to four times a week," she said.
Earlier, this reporter had observed her incognito, as she cheerily bustled around the organisation.
Friendly and down-to-earth, she would often greet other volunteers with a "happy new year", and would offer tips to the newer volunteers.
"When you pack the scrambled eggs into the boxes, make sure that you break them up into small pieces, otherwise some elderly people will not be able to chew them properly," she told a young volunteer with a grin.