My husband wants to fatten me up, says singer Karen Mok

Hong Kong singer Karen Mok will finally hold a concert in Singapore after 15 years.
Hong Kong singer Karen Mok will finally hold a concert in Singapore after 15 years. PHOTO: UNUSUAL ENTERTAINMENT

Hong Kong singer Karen Mok's husband may have applied to be a private chef on her ongoing tour, but he is unlikely to get hired.

Her finance executive husband, Mr Johannes Natterer, will not make the cut because he is inclined to whip up fattening meals for her.

In an interview with Singapore media ahead of the local tour stop on April 9, Mok, 45, says: "He's really good at pasta. He thinks I'm too skinny and I should put on more weight. He will add fattening ingredients such as cream into his dishes on purpose. I don't think it's a good idea to have him as my chef on the tour. I will get fat."

Instead, the German-born Natterer, 45, will be helping out with logistics arrangement when the concert tour makes it to Europe. The Regardez World Tour started in Taipei last year and Mok will finally hold a concert in Singapore after 15 years.

The two-time Best Female Mandarin Artist winner at the Golden Melody Awards was speaking to local reporters on Friday (March 11) from Hong Kong. Unable to fly down to Singapore, she chose to do a video conference as she wanted to be able to interact with reporters as if she were here in person.

Her attention to detail is also seen in her doubling up as concert director - her contribution spans all areas, from costume design to lighting.

She says: "I've been a concert director ever since I started doing concerts. I've always designed my own shows and created the shows from nothing.

"It's really satisfying how ideas born from my imagination becomes reality."

She was inspired to recreate the spectacular Northern Lights astronomical phenomenon at her show with a thousand laser beams after seeing it for herself in Iceland with her husband in 2014.

Recounting the trip with glee, she says: "We went to Iceland. We were there for three nights, and one night had perfect conditions to view the Northern Lights. We saw them. It's really magical, especially if you see it with someone you love.

"It's something that a lot of people have on their bucket list, but not everyone gets that sort of chance. I know of a lot of friends who go all the way up to the north to try and see the lights, and because of bad weather, they didn't manage to see it. I thought, 'What if I can bring the lights to my show?'"


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KAREN MOK REGARDEZ WORLD TOUR

WHERE: The Star Theatre

WHEN: April 9, 8pm

ADMISSION: $88 to $188 from Sistic (go to www.sistic.com.sg or call 6348-5555)