Radio DJ Rosalyn Lee open to marriage now

Radio DJ Rosalyn Lee open to marriage now

When they started dating early last year, naysayers were quick to label them.

Their 12-year age difference fuelled harsh critics to insinuate that she was a cradle-snatcher and him, her toy boy.

Radio DJ Rosalyn Lee, 36, and her boyfriend Justin Vanderstraaten, 24, have never been bothered by the comments left on their social media pages.

"I'm used to hate comments, so they slide off me. People forget they're free to leave if they want.

"They talk bad about you but ultimately I'm still happy," Lee told The New Paper on Wednesday at the National Gallery Singapore's Portraits of the People event at One Fullerton.

Portraits of the People, in celebration of Singapore's 50th birthday this year, encourages Singaporeans to sketch drawings of themselves which will be etched onto a permanent commemorative walkway called the Art Connector.

Lee and Vanderstraaten had sketched surprisingly on-point portraits of each other, teasing each other and laughing throughout the 15-minute process.

Other famous names who participated in this campaign include Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and actress Joanne Peh.

Despite what their haters think, the happy couple are still going strong and very much in love.

Lee and Vanderstraaten, who met at a Singtel event last year and will be celebrating their first anniversary together on March 25, are public about their relationship.

"I like sharing good news and spreading positivity. This is about two people being in love and I don't see anything wrong with sharing," Lee said.

And increasingly, the majority of their social media followers have become supportive of their relationship and find them compatible.

So how will the couple be celebrating their first Valentine's Day?

They will be cooking for each other, with Vanderstraaten taking care of the main course while Lee prepares the dessert.

Laughter and honesty are what keep the flame burning.

"When she laughs, I laugh too, even when she is laughing at me," said Vanderstraaten, a business undergraduate at Singapore Institute of Management.

"He's very level-headed and he calms me," said Lee of her favourite trait in Vanderstraaten, whom she affectionately calls "baby".

The pair admit that the age gap was a problem in the initial stages of the relationship, especially during quarrels.

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