Singer Fish Leong says she chased away depression with sunshine during pandemic

Fish Leong spoke in a live-stream about how she found it hard to cope mentally during the lockdown last year.
Fish Leong spoke in a live-stream about how she found it hard to cope mentally during the lockdown last year.PHOTO: FISHLEONG616/INSTAGRAM

TAIPEI - Malaysian singer Fish Leong, who is based in Taiwan, has opened about her struggles with depression during the pandemic.

In a live-stream on Sunday (Oct 10) organised by Life Line Association Malaysia, a non-governmental organisation which offers counselling services, the 43-year-old spoke about how she found it hard to cope mentally during the lockdown last year.

The popular ballad singer, who has not been back to Malaysia for two years due to the pandemic, lives with her seven-year-old son, Anderson.

Her high-profile divorce from Taiwanese businessman Tony Chao was finalised in Dec 2019 and they share custody of their son.

In February last year, her short-lived romance with Taiwanese entrepreneur Darwin Lin was confirmed to be over after four months, just before everything went into lockdown.

What hit her especially hard during the pandemic was the cancellation of her concerts and promotional events, as well as her son not being able to go to school.

In the live stream, she said she saw the sun shining in through the curtains and told her son: "We will follow our routine of getting up at 8am. We will sit in the sunshine and draw and read. We will behave like plants basking in the sun."

She revealed that while they were in lockdown, she began talking to her pet goldfish every day. Meditation, working out, listening to classical music and watching her friends' cooking videos online also helped to give her peace of mind.