Van Ness Wu: I'm not perfect, I'm who I am

Taiwan-based American singer Van Ness Wu was in town for the launch of the inaugural season of Asia’s Got Talent. -- ST PHOTO: GWENDOLYN NG
Taiwan-based American singer Van Ness Wu was in town for the launch of the inaugural season of Asia’s Got Talent. -- ST PHOTO: GWENDOLYN NG

SINGAPORE - Taiwan-based American singer Van Ness Wu, 36, and his Singaporean heiress wife Arissa Cheo, 32, had a public falling out on social media that was widely reported in the region.

But when Singapore's celebrity son-in-law met the media on Tuesday, he said point-blank that he would not be taking any personal questions. He was at a press event to promote Asia's Got Talent, a television contest where he is one of the judges.

Why did he not want to take the chance to rebut rumours that his marriage is showing cracks?

"I think this is not the right place to talk about it. I don't like to talk about my personal matters in such settings," he explains.

In the inaugural season of Asia’s Got Talent, Wu will be taking on judging duties alongside Grammy-winning Canadian musician David Foster, Indonesian rocker Anggun and former Spice Girl Melanie C.

Wu's fellow judges unanimously declared Wu as the nice guy on the show. Foster is nicknamed the dream crusher, while Anggun and MelC are called the Wicked Witch of the East and West, respectively.

When asked if Wu was a nice guy outside of the show when it comes to his family and personal relations, all he would say: "I'm not perfect, I am who I am."

Speculations were rife that trouble was brewing in the marriage after news outlets spotted their angry exchange of words on Instagram last month.

Jewellery designer Cheo and Wu had been dating for on and off for seven years before they tied the knot in 2013. The good-looking pair were a picture of bliss when they uploaded photos of them on their honeymoon in Greece last September.

On how he balances his busy work schedule with personal life, Wu says: "Just tell the company when I need a break. I'm not able to work well if I don't have my break... Chinese New Year is coming up, so it really depends."

nggwen@sph.com.sg