Actor Ian Fang addresses childhood issues with his single mum

Actor Ian Fang addresses childhood issues with his single mum
Actor Ian Fang (right) with his mother , Ms Fang Pei Pei, 53, in Japan on holiday for new Toggle show Family Wanders.

SINGAPORE - Shanghai-born Singapore-based actor Ian Fang may be known for his cool, "bad boy" image.

But the 25-year-old shows a different side in a new web reality series, Family Wanders, which follows six local celebrities, including Felicia Chin, Ben Yeo and Lee Teng, taking their loved ones overseas for a holiday.

In the first two episodes, an emotional Fang, the only child of divorced parents, sheds tears as he addresses his childhood issues with his single mother while in Japan.

He posed difficult questions about the split to his teary mother, Ms Fang Pei Pei, 53, who was reluctant to answer them.

Fang's parents divorced when he was four and he was brought up by his grandmother. His father, who left for Japan, keeps in touch with him from time to time.

Fang came to Singapore to study when he was 13 and he lives with his mum, who invested in a pub business in Singapore.

Speaking to The New Paper, Fang said in English: "I don't blame my parents for leaving me alone with my grandmother since I was young. I don't feel that they abandoned me.

"I asked her many questions on the show as they had bugged me for a long time and I thought it would be good to get them off my chest since we were on holiday."

He added: "Even though I didn't have parental love, it made me stronger. It allowed me to grow up faster and become more mature at a younger age."

Fang recalled that in the second episode, he told his mother the story of a Japanese boy who was raised by a single mother, but did not get the chance to watch the sunset with her after she died.

"We were at the Tokyo Tower and both of us started crying after I told her the story. All the people around us, including the crew and tourists, were crying as well," he said.

"It was very emotional. I don't want to have any regrets. I want to watch the sunset with my mum."

Family Wanders, which is exclusively available on Toggle ( as an app on iPhones, iPads, Android devices and Smart TVs, will be available from Thursday.

It marks the start of a string of TV shows lined up all the way till November for Fang, who said that last year was "really bad".

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