By2's Yumi Bai not dating casino tycoon's son

By2's Yumi Bai not dating casino tycoon's son

It's not every day you get to see a Singaporean celebrity in the news for "dating" a casino empire heir.

So when local singer Yumi Bai - one-half of Mandopop duo By2 - was photographed last month in Hong Kong by the paparazzi holding hands with Mr Mario Ho, the 20-year-old son of Macau casino magnate Stanley Ho, it set tongues wagging instantly.

Apple Daily reported that the couple were out shopping at Causeway Bay and the younger Mr Ho had helped Yumi, 22, with her coat while she was trying on clothes.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) undergraduate also carried pastries that he and Yumi had purchased. At one point, he even kneeled to take pictures of his date.

But in an interview with The New Paper, Yumi brushed off the rumours.

"I hope that with regard to this matter, everyone wouldn't overthink. I have a lot of guy friends and I often treat them like my younger brothers. Maybe that's why it led to the misunderstanding," she said in Mandarin.

Yumi and her identical twin and fellow By2 member Miko sent their answers to our interview in an audio recording. They are currently based in Beijing, but were in Singapore last month to do a countdown show in Johor.

Yumi said she is on the search "for someone with a mature mind, who knows how to appreciate and make sacrifices for me".

She added: "I also like muscular guys, as I am a gym rat myself. If he has six-pack abs, even better!

"Both Miko and I fancy tall guys - 1.9m would be perfect."

Perhaps that was another way of hinting that Mr Ho, who appeared to be about the same height as Yumi in the photos, did not fit the bill.

Apple Daily reported that Yumi made Mr Ho's acquaintance last November, when she was at MIT in the US for a month-long course.

He is the third of five children of entrepreneur Angela Leong, Mr Stanley Ho's fourth wife.

Yumi and her older sister, who are both unattached, made it clear that should they date someone as wealthy and high-profile as the younger Mr Ho, they would not feel the pressure.

"When it comes to making friends, there shouldn't be accompanying conditions," said Miko.

Added Yumi: "I have many friends who are highly successful in their fields of work."

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