Divorce is like a cut that has to heal: Wong Li-Lin

Divorce is like a cut that has to heal: Wong Li-Lin
Profile photo of actress Wong Li-lin.

SINGAPORE - For the performance art installation piece Future/Perfect Singapore, actress Wong Li-Lin was housed in a glass cube for about two hours on Tuesday as she went about various activities alongside another artist.

With the recent media scrutiny, she may well feel as though she has been living in a glass house.

The Singaporean actress had upped and left for Shanghai with her Chinese-American actor-host husband Allan Wu and their two children in August 2011, as Wu wanted to pursue acting and hosting opportunities in China.

She is now back with her children - an eight-year-old daughter and a seven-year-old son - but has split from Wu.

Looking relaxed and in great shape, Wong, 41, appears to have come to terms with the divorce, which she says will soon be finalised.

In an interview with Life!, she says of her current relationship: "It has to heal, that's all I can say. It's like having a cut that's probably a bit raw in various ways and it has to heal and that can only take time. But overall, it's pretty okay."

News of the break-up was announced in a statement from their management company Fly Entertainment in June.

Wong shows no sign of bitterness towards Wu, whom she married in 2004, and even praises him for being a "very loving dad" and a "big teacher" in her life.

Looking back, she says: "I've had the experience of putting my ego and myself aside for some other people, in a marriage with children, and I've had the opportunity to grow. And for that, I must thank Allan most of all. Despite the marriage not working in the end, he's been a big teacher in my life."

She declines to comment on why the marriage broke down.

"I don't need to address it with anybody. This is between Allan and me," she says. "Suffice it to say that in any relationship, people want things to work. He and I certainly did, but certain things didn't work out so we just have to be mature about it. We both have our rights and wrongs and we both tried."

She has, however, approached the topic honestly with her children. "To them now, it's just that mum and dad are not together. But they receive the same amount of love and attention," she says.

"Allan is a very loving dad, he loves his children very much. While estranged, he and I will always be connected because of the children."

Even as the chapter on marriage and Shanghai closes, another has opened.

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