Television queen Zoe Tay celebrates her stepmother's birthday and thanks her for being an amazing woman

Veteran actress Zoe Tay (left) with her stepmother (right, face obscured), who she has long referred to as her mother. PHOTO: ZOETAY10/INSTAGRAM

SINGAPORE - Actress Zoe Tay - local television's 'Big Sister' - wished her step-mother a happy birthday on Instagram on Tuesday (June 30).

The 52-year-old actress posted a photo of herself sharing a laugh with her step-mother, Madam Wong Pong Chin, whose face is obscured in the picture.

Tay, who has long referred to Madam Wong as her mother, wrote in Chinese: "Mummy, happy birthday. I hope you stay healthy and happy every day. Thank you for ensuring that that I eat well, wear good clothes and sleep well."

She added in English: "You're (an) amazing woman, thanks for raising me."

Tay's biological mother died when she was three, in an accident. She was the youngest of six children. Her father later remarried and had a daughter with Madam Wong.

In a 2017 interview with The Straits Times, Tay said of Madam Wong: "She gave a lot of love to our family, so we all respect her a lot. So it's no difference to me that she's not my blood mum."

She did not disclose the exact age of her step-mother, who she calls the "most beautiful woman", but said she is in her 80s.

Tay also jokingly chastised herself as a "lazy daughter" who has not inherited Madam Wong's "first-class cooking skills".

The star looks forward to the day she can travel again with her family, when border closures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic are lifted.

Tay's fellow colleagues - including veteran actresses Aileen Tan and Hong Huifang, as well as younger stars like Bonnie Loo and Zhang Zhenhuan - have left comments wishing Madam Wong well on her birthday.

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