Actor-singer Jerry Yan single and ready to mingle

Jerry Yan, best known for his role in 2001 Taiwanese drama Meteor Garden, was in Singapore for the Star Awards ceremony on Sunday.
Jerry Yan, best known for his role in 2001 Taiwanese drama Meteor Garden, was in Singapore for the Star Awards ceremony on Sunday.ST PHOTO: BENSON ANG

Actor-singer Jerry Yan hopes to find love - here are five other things to know about him

Eternally boyish-looking but notoriously private, Taiwanese actor-singer Jerry Yan was in town on Sunday to attend the Star Awards ceremony.

He spoke to the Singapore media before the show - questions were heavily vetted by his management beforehand - and here are six things you might not know about the 42-year-old, who rocketed to fame after starring in Taiwanese drama Meteor Garden (2001).

1 Wedding bells rang the last time he was in Singapore

The member of Taiwanese boyband F4 - which also comprises Van Ness Wu, Ken Chu and Vic Chou - last came here in 2014 to attend Wu's wedding banquet at The St Regis Singapore to heiress Arissa Cheo. They are now divorced.

On being back, he said: "I'm excited. Singapore is a very beautiful place, a city with many trees."

This time around, he managed to eat bak kut teh and Hainanese chicken rice.

2 He feels nervous facing the media

With his trademark shy smile, he speaks slowly and carefully, often pausing for a few seconds before answering.

"I was afraid of the media," confessed the star, whose rumoured relationship with Taiwanese model-actress Chi-ling Lin often made headlines.

"Maybe because I felt hurt (by it) in the past. But I feel things have improved a lot."

3 He is trying to gain weight

Estimating his weight to be at least 75kg, the 1.8m-tall star said: "People tell me I'm too skinny. My face is too sharp."

So how much heavier does he want to be?

He said: "Until I look pleasing to the eye."

4 His mother is the reason he entered show business

According to his fan club's Facebook page, Yan lost his father at age 12 and was raised by his seamstress mother.

He said that in the past few years, he has been spending more time with her.

"She is getting old. I do not want to be so busy and regret not spending time with my family."

He recalled that in his school days, he appeared in a television advertisement and his mother would come out to watch it whenever she heard it come on.

"I realised it brought her joy and, as a young person, you want to make your family happy."

5 He is no slave to the smartphone

He said: "In life, there are many more meaningful things than looking at your phone. I can learn or do something (else)."

6 He is single

Asked if he is ready for a relationship, he replied: "I'm ready. Do you want to recommend someone?"

Adding that F4 member Chou - who is married to actress Reen Yu - has a child, Yan said: "I do hope to find love. Apart from work and family, love is also part of one's happiness."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 17, 2019, with the headline 'Star single and ready to mingle'. Print Edition | Subscribe