Actress Fann Wong relishes motherhood and her new figure

Fann Wong
New mother Fann has cut down on hair salon visits and facial treatments to spend more time with son Zed.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

This story was first published in the February 2015 issue of The Life digital magazine with the headline "Fanntastic figure".

Little Zed Lee Xi Quan is shaping up to be quite the celebrity, even before he can walk or talk.

At just seven months old, the son of Singapore’s showbusiness golden couple, Fann Wong and Christopher Lee, receives numerous photo requests each time he appears in public. 

Fann’s photographs of Zed on her Instagram account (fannaiaiwong) gets tens of thousands of “likes”, far exceeding her other posts. She has 164,000 followers on Instagram.

And it seems that her little boy is enjoying the attention. 

“I get a feeling that he likes dressing up in nice clothes because he’ll keep really still. When we have the camera out, he always looks right into it,” Fann, 44, says in an exclusive interview with The Life. 

“He really takes after us - what to do?” adds the first-time mother with a laugh in Mandarin. 

Zed thx everyone who came Dwn today !! Muacks @aiainbaby

Zed thx everyone who came Dwn today !! Muacks @aiainbaby

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Never mind that she no longer has much “me time”, or that she has to wake up at least four times a night to feed Zed. Fann is relishing motherhood.

“I was cradling and singing to him just the other day and he reached out to touch my face,” says Fann, eyes lighting up whenever she talks about Zed. 

Adding: “I may have had a very tiring day at work, but once I see Zed Zed, the tiredness goes away.” 

Actress Fann Wong with her husband, actor Christopher Lee, and their baby Zed.
Actress Fann Wong with her husband, actor Christopher Lee, and their baby Zed. PHOTO: FANN WONG AND CATWALK ASIA

With the help of her mother, Madam Wong Siew Toy, who lives with the couple in a condominium, Fann has settled well into her new role as a mother. 

Even though actor hubby Christopher, 43, is based in Taiwan, he is never away for more than three days and when he is home, he takes charge of changing diapers and bathing Zed. 

“We FaceTime several times a day even when he’s in the shower. I won’t be able to hear him properly and will be looking at a wall, but yet he wants to talk,” says the bubbly Fann. 

Fann had a difficult start and end to her pregnancy and has to wake up at least four times a night to feed Zed.
Fann put on 16kg during her pregnancy, but lost it all in 2 1/2 months. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Dressed in a sheer Adriana Degreas bodysuit, a Club Monaco mini skirt and studded Christian Louboutin heels, Fann looks svelte and toned, with no hint of having given birth recently. 

She put on 16kg during her pregnancy, but lost it all in 2½ months through a process that will leave most mothers in a state of envy and disbelief. 

“I was under no pressure to lose weight at all,” she says casually. 

Aside from treatments at Marie France Bodyline, the slimming centre for whom she is a spokesman, she did little else to get back to her pre-pregnancy weight of 53kg. 

During her 100-day confinement period, she ate as much as she could to ensure that she had enough nutrients to breastfeed.

“If someone said fish soup was good, I would just keep eating it. If they said pig trotters were good, I would have a huge bowl,” she says.

As for exercise, she was under strict orders by her doctor not to engage in strenuous exercise in the first two months and brisk-walked only occasionally.

“Breastfeeding probably helped too,” she says. 

Celebrity fashion stylist Martin Wong, who has worked with Fann for the last six years, says he was surprised at how fast she was shedding inches because “it was quite scary the way she ate”. 

“We had two fittings that were about two weeks apart, but by the second fitting we had to alter her dress again by a few inches,” says the stylist. 

While Fann is delighted to have regained her slender figure, she says that Christopher misses her fuller figure. “I think seeing me so chubby was refreshing for him. He got a bit concerned at how quickly I was losing weight,” she says. 

Looking radiant with natural-looking make-up and sleek hair, she reveals that her beauty regime is more low-maintenance now. 

She has cut down on hair salon visits, facial treatments and even DIY masks.

“I used to mask my face every day, now I’ll only do a five-minute mask once in a while. If I have extra time, I would rather spend it at home with Zed,” says Fann.

Fann Wong
Fann had a difficult start and end to her pregnancy and has to wake up at least four times a night to feed Zed. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

However, she did experiment with eating her own placenta in pill form, which is said to be good for general health, skin and hair.

“Personally, I don’t see any effects, but it should be good. My friends told me that it was good, so I decided to just give it a try,” she says. 

The former MediaCorp stars, who got married in 2009, tried for a baby right from the start. 

“The first and last few months of my pregnancy were really difficult. I had severe morning sickness at the start and towards the end I constantly felt hot, so much so that it was hard to sleep,” says Fann. 

But she would do it all over again.

“I’m hoping for another, but we’ll let nature take its course,” she says. 

When asked if she would consider leaving showbusiness to focus on raising Zed, Fann, who made her TV debut in 1994 after a successful modelling career, responds after a short pause: “Maybe, I don’t know.”

Fann, who, like Christopher, is now signed to Taiwanese artist management agency Catwalk, recently wrapped up filming for My Secret App, a StarHub drama series due for release this year. She plays a secondary school gymnastics coach who escapes her mundane life by imagining herself as a woman at the centre of romantic Korean dramas. 

“When I look at Zed, all I want to do is be with him, but I also really love my job.” 

This story was first published in the February 2015 issue of The Life digital magazine with the headline "Fanntastic figure".