We were married in 4 months and it wasn't shotgun: Vivien Ong

We were married in 4 months and it wasn't shotgun: Vivien Ong

Her World magazine's June 2014 cover girl, Singapore model Vivien Ong, has relocated to the Big Apple, walked in New York Fashion Week and got married, all before the age of 23. She chats with us about love, life and her career end game (hint: it's not modelling!)


 First of all, congratulations on getting married. You must get this a lot, but why did you decide to settle down at such a young age?

Many of my friends were asking me if it was a shotgun marriage! (Laughs.)

What happened was this: My then boyfriend (model Steven Patenaude) and I walked past the Manhattan Marriage Bureau where musical group Pink Martini was performing and getting couples to dance along.

We joined in, and I thought "wow, it'd be so nice if we could just get married now", but I kept it to myself as we'd only been dating for about four months.

Later that night, Steven admitted that he'd had the very same thought.

We gave ourselves some time to think about it, and two weeks later, knowing we still felt the same, we got married!

My mom was thrilled for me - she adores Steven and loves that he's such a stable influence in my life.

That's so adorable. How did you guys meet?

He was a friend of a friend.

She happened to be the only person I knew when I first moved to NYC in March last year, and she brought him along when we decided to meet for coffee.

It's terrible, but I actually had him written off as a "dumb male model" when we first met, and wasn't keen on speaking to him at all!

It wasn't until after getting to know him better that I realised what a down-to-earth guy he was. We started hanging out by ourselves and eventually started dating.

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