Rui En says sorry on stage over carpark controversy

It was a bittersweet moment for TV star Rui En at the Star Awards last night as she addressed her recent controversy while collecting her All Time Favourite Artiste Award on stage.

The 35-year-old actress asked for forgiveness and wondered aloud if she was suited for the entertainment industry, given her straightforward personality.

With her trophy in hand, she said: "This is an important moment in my career but I also face a difficult obstacle. To be a good actress, I not only have to act well, but I also have to put on my best self to the public. Because I have a straightforward personality, I show all my emotions on my face, so sometimes that causes misunderstandings.

Actress Rui En speaking after receiving her All Time Favourite Artiste Award yesterday. The TV star has been in the news after she knocked down a parked motorcycle in Clementi last Tuesday. During her speech, she asked for forgiveness and said her st
Actress Rui En speaking after receiving her All Time Favourite Artiste Award yesterday. The TV star has been in the news after she knocked down a parked motorcycle in Clementi last Tuesday. During her speech, she asked for forgiveness and said her straightforward personality sometimes caused her to be misunderstood. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

"I still wonder every day if I'm suited for the entertainment industry."

Addressing the controversy that erupted after she drove into and knocked down a parked motorcycle in a Clementi carpark last Tuesday, she said: "Regarding the recent incident - it's still under investigation, so before the full report is out, I hope you can all forgive me.

"I'm unable to answer the media at this point, but I hope to apologise for whatever inconveniences this has caused... I am very sorry."

At the end of her speech, she moved away from the microphone and gave a deep bow.

The All Time Favourite Artiste Award is given to stars who have collected a total of 10 trophies in the Top 10 Most Popular Artiste Award category over the years.

Last night's event was the first half of the two-part Star Awards, which will continue on Sunday, when the top acting awards such as those for Best Actor and Best Actress will be given out.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 18, 2016, with the headline 'Rui En says sorry on stage over carpark controversy'. Print Edition | Subscribe