Wu Chun's explosive debut with the Taiwanese boy band Fahrenheit in 2005 had some sacrifices. To protect his image and his family in Brunei, he had to deny that he was dating Lin Li Ying, his longtime girlfriend and later wife. It was Li Ying who told Chun to deny her existence.
"When I first went to Taiwan, [Li Ying] went with me," said Chun. "I also introduced her to my friends in Taiwan, but at the time, I was just starting to get popular.
"She didn't want to become a hot topic; she said she wouldn't know how to face [the publicity]. She didn't want me to publicize her identity. She wanted to live a low-profile life, and I respected her decision. I wanted to guard her well. I had no choice but to lie in order to protect our relationship."
According to reports, Li Ying was born in 1980. Her father was the masseur and nutritionist for the fourth brother of Brunei's current Sultan. It was reported that Li Ying's father is very well-known among the overseas Chinese social circle in Brunei, and Li Ying herself was Chun's high school classmate.
Like Li Ying, Chun also comes from a very privileged and wealthy family in Brunei. His father Goh Kim Tian is an estate tycoon, and the family's car agency company is one of the country's most popular companies.
According to Chun, Li Ying was a relative of his brother-in-law. When Chun was 16 years old, his brother-in-law remarked that Chun still did not have any dating experiences yet, and thus introduced him to Li Ying.
Chun said their first encounter was awkward, but after getting to know each other some more, he admired her personality. Soon, he fell in love, reports Jayne Stars.
"It was crazy," Chun said when recalling his dating life. "We'd call each other every day and talk on the phone for at least two hours. One year I picked her up from school every day too."
Though Chun and Li Ying have been together since they were 16, the couple rarely show affection towards each other in public. Chun explained, "Brunei is a simple place. When people see couples acting intimately with each other, they are very uncomfortable, so [Li Ying] avoids that."
Fourteen years after becoming a couple, Chun and Li Ying decided to register for marriage in Brunei in 2009. In 2011, Li Ying gave birth to their first born daughter, Nei Nei.
While Chun was working in Taiwan, she helped to manage Chun's gymnasium business in Brunei, while operating her own nail store and spa. She would also often visit Chun in Taiwan.
In 2011, rumours of Chun being a father began to surface, and many reporters travelled to Brunei to scour more information. The magazine that broke the information reported that Chun suddenly requested for a month and a half leave from his company so he could return to Brunei and take care of his sick father.
It turned out that Chun was not visiting his sick father, but his pregnant wife. However, at the time, not much information was collected as many people in Brunei were determined to maintain Chun and Li Ying's privacy.
Chun finally admitted to being married in October 2013 in a blog post. That month, Chun also announced the birth of his second child, a son, who shares the same birthday as Li Ying.
"After communicating with my wife about this, we've decided that it was finally time to share our happiness with everyone," said Chun in an interview.
"In the past, whenever we go out with our group of friends, I wasn't able to walk with her and our daughter. When my daughter called for me, I couldn't respond to her. I felt bad. My wife noticed how uncomfortable I was. She has more courage than me."
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