Why is George Young still single?
He is considered one of the most eligible hotties in local showbiz and we wonder why he is still single. -TNP
SINGAPORE - He is considered one of the most eligible hotties in local showbiz and has been based in Singapore for more than a year now.
So how is it that Fly Entertainment artiste George Young, 32, is still single and available?
Of course, that's not to say that the grapevine hasn't been buzzing about his rumoured romantic links to Taiwanese-American model-host Janet Hsieh and local actress Rebecca Lim.
The British actor-host "swore" that he's dating neither woman, but he indicated that he is open to the idea.
He co-starred with Lim, 24, in the local TV series The Pupil 2 and co-hosted the travel series Fun Taiwan with Hsieh, 32.
Young told The New Paper: "I go clubbing with Rebecca alot and have meals with her, so naturally people who have seen us together would assume that there is something going on between us.
"As for Janet, we have been really good friends since 2004 and I have also confided in her about relationship stuff.
"I'm very happy with all the rumours as they are two very pretty girls. You never know, maybe something will happen, never say never."
Lim told The New Paper in a separate interview: "George and I hang out a lot together for drinks and meals, we're just friends.
"He's a very confident person. If he says I'm pretty, I have to say he's good-looking right? He is, lah.
"If he wants me, he better take action."
And why not? He may as well get a Singaporean girlfriend, now that his parents and brothers, who are in England, may move here.
Young - the eldest of four boys born to a Chinese father and Greek mother - said he has been in four relationships since he was 16.
Two of the women were British, one Japanese-Irish and one Swedish.
"My last relationship with my Swedish girlfriend ended three years ago.
"What I like in a woman is confidence and a sense of ambition.
"Looks-wise I don't have a type. It can be something as simple as the way she smiles that attracts me to her.
"You know, I can go on about what I'm looking for and then fall completely in love with someone who doesn't have any of these qualities at all."
The relationships didn't work out, admitted Young, because he would, at some point, ask himself whether he sees himself with the person for the rest of his life.
"The answer was no and the relationship could only go on for that much longer," he said.
But of late, Young hasn't had time for romance as he's gearing up to be the spokesman for a campaign to promote awareness of autism in Singapore, in collaboration with skincare brand Kiehl's.
Young's two youngest brothers, Andrew, 26, and Paul, 24, have severe autism, a disorder that affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills.
Said Young: "Research is still going on to find the cause and a cure for autism, so with this campaign, I hope to raise money for that.
"Growing up with my brothers, it affected me a lot as they would get very anxious and frustrated.
"They can't understand social cues and my mum would get hurt taking care of them because they would get violent.
"That's the reason I chose to study psychology, so that I could try to understand them better.
"Every year, my second brother (Anthony) and I would write to the autism associations in England to ask for help in terms of care for my youngest brothers."
A helping hand
Young studied psychology at the University of Southampton before going on to do law in London.
He added that the financial and physical help extended by these organisations went a long way in ensuring that he and his siblings had a comfortable upbringing.
In a bid to allow him and Anthony to experience a "more normal life", his parents - his mum is in her late 50s and his dad in his 60s - sent both to boarding school.
Young is passionate about helming the project for autism and paying it forward.
For the campaign that will be launched at the end of this month, Kiehl's is coming up with a facial mask. Proceeds from the sale of the mask will go to the Autism Association (Singapore).
Anthony, who has worked as an accountant in England, is studying Mandarin in Beijing and has plans to start a business and move to Singapore.
Andrew and Paul are still being taken care of by Young's parents and caregivers and live in The New Forest, in the south of England.
Young, whose father was born in Seremban, Malaysia, recalled how he would visit Singapore often with his family when he was young.
The highlight of his trips here was going to Lucky Plaza to buy computer games.
Said Young: "I would like to keep the whole family together so it would be great if everyone could move to Singapore.
"The weather is nice and warm, a good place for my parents to retire."
Perhaps by the time the clan comes here to stay for good, he could be a bona fide Channel 8 star.
Young has been learning Mandarin for the last six months and is starring in his first Channel 8 drama, Joys Of Life.
In the new period series, which premieres in June, he plays a businessman and has many scenes with co-stars Rui En and Cynthia Wang.
Young was not taught Mandarin - his dad speaks Cantonese - but he is so serious about his new role, he spent his birthday, Feb 29, memorising his Mandarin lines.
He also had a singing lesson in the morning and went to Orchard Road for brunch by himself after that.
The leap day birthday boy had green tea and sashimi which he joked was "typical birthday fare". At brunch, he read his lines over and over, relishing the time alone.
Said Young: "Although I had a quiet birthday on the actual day, a few days before that my fans had met me to give me birthday presents.
"On social media like Friendster and Facebook, noone gets alerted on your birthday if you are born on Feb 29.
"So this year, I had a huge flurry of messages, which I wasn't used to, but it felt so good seeing them.
"It's amazing to think of how just last year I was starting out and this year, I actually received presents from my fan club."
This article was first published in The New Paper.
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