SINGAPORE - Taiwanese songbird Elva Hsiao was in town for a performance at Ion shopping mall last week.
After the event, her rumoured boyfriend, Singaporean Elroy Cheo, whisked Hsiao and her crew away to Newton food centre for a meal, reported Asian Pop News. According to the report, he treated them to local delights like chilli crab and cereal prawns.
A fellow patron at the food centre who spotted the pair said Cheo was nice to not just Hsiao but the crew as well.
In media interviews, Hsiao also praised Singaporean men for being gentlemanly, but are thinner compared to Taiwanese men.
"They are all very thin. It could be due to the hot weather, so they perspire more? Or is it because they eat spicy food more?" she mused.
Elva keeps mum about Singapore beau
By Gwendolyn Ng, The Straits Times
Here for a public event, the Taiwanese singer dodges queries about dating a Singapore man.
Taiwanese singer Elva Hsiao refused to talk to the local press about the only thing all reporters wanted to know, when she came here this week for an event: Would she confirm rumours that she is dating a Singaporean man?
Hsiao, 34, is widely thought to be in a relationship with Mr Elroy Cheo, the brother-in-law of American-born Taiwanese singer Van Ness Wu.
Media outlets in Hong Kong and Taiwan have published photos of the pair on what appeared to be an intimate date in Hong Kong; one picture showed them locking lips.
During her Taipei album promotions in July for Shut Up And Kiss Me, she was willing to talk about Mr Cheo.
According to Apple Daily, she said of him: "He is a good man who is worth getting to know."
But while in Singapore to attend Ion Orchard's fifth anniversary celebrations, she stonewalled the local media on the topic, declaring that she would not entertain personal questions.
Reporters tried anyway. At a press conference on Thursday, one asked if her trip here was "extra sweet". Another asked if she was ready to be a daughter- in-law of a Singaporean family.
Hsiao dodged the queries, saying with a laugh: "You guys are all thinking too much."
In fact, she might have been willing to let reporters believe she had arrived in Singapore on the day of the Ion event and only for the event, nothing more - if a social media user had not caught her at Changi Airport earlier in the week.
Dressed in a studded red leather jacket, Hsiao waltzed in fashionably late for the press event on Thursday.
The emcee for the event had earlier apologised and said her flight into Singapore was delayed.
But the reporters in the room knew that Hsiao had arrived here earlier in the week - thanks to a fan who had posted on Instagram a photo of Hsiao and her rumoured Singaporean beau wheeling their luggage at Changi Airport.
Later, Hsiao admitted: "I flew in earlier. My hairstylist and make-up artist flew in only today. Their flight was delayed."
"I had to wait for them to arrive to help me with my hair and make-up."