National Solidarity Party's Kevryn Lim has revealed that she is a single mother to a two-year-old son and wants to improve the benefits for single parents in Singapore.
According to Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao, Ms Lim dropped the news during a media interview at a constituency walkabout yesterday afternoon.
The 26-year-old left Singapore to study in Hong Kong for two years after graduating from secondary school.
During this time, she worked as a model, actor and more, and also studied fashion design at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
After which, she went to Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, to do a Mass Communications degree and later on, a Masters in Professional Communication.
In Perth, she met a Mechanical Engineering student at her university and had a son with him. The boy is now two years and eight months old, according to Wanbao.
Last year, when their relationship was on the rocks, Ms Lim decided to return to Singapore with her son, and opened an events planning and marketing consulting firm here.
The couple are currently separated. Her partner is living in Australia and procedures for the couple to have joint-custody of their child is underway.
Ms Lim told the Chinese daily that she wants to run in the elections so that there will be someone to represent single parents in Singapore.
Since she is a single mother herself, she feels that she truly knows what their struggles are and can express them better.
The young mum said the government is not providing a lot of help to single mothers.
She added: "Many people think they understand the plight of single mothers and want to help, but the truth is - how many of them really understand the situation?"
Fear for the safety of her child
Ms Lim revealed that she did not want to tell the public that she is a single mum as she wanted to protect her son.
She told Wanbao that single mothers are still discriminated against in Singapore.
Even when she brings her son to the childcare centre, she does not let her friends or the other parents know that she is a single mother.
Ms Lim also highlighted that single parents do not get benefits from the government. Each month, she has to spend up to $1,400 to send her son to the childcare centre.
She changed her mind about keeping her status secret after realising she can do more to help single mothers if she gets elected.
The 26-year-old said: "My parents also agree with my actions and hope that more can be done for single parents."