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Interview: Love is like malt candy for Charmaine Sheh


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Charmaine says her love life is like malt candy, difficult to make a clean break.

June 2002, the rumors between Charmaine and Benny Chan Ho Man started to circulate until today for 3 years and 8 months. In regard of her relationships, Charmaine described it as eating malt candy “You can’t finish eating it but yet it refuses to break off even by stretching.” Such a saccharine sweet reply. While the guy has tons of rumors, Charmaine expressed that she is the perfect romantic girlfriend type, calmly expressed that she does not worry about getting married.

Love story – Love at first smile

In recent years, filming new series has occupied 90% of Charmaine’s time, with the rest for sleeping and personal activities. However, in regard of her love life, for the past 3 years and 8 months there were non-stop rumors with Joe Ma, Ding Zi Gou, Chilam and so on but the rumor which lasted the longest was with Benny Chan. Yesterday when Charmaine was having this interview, they mention about love and found out what Charmaine wants out of love was really simple: “Most importantly is feeling happy whenever seeing him, there’s no need to hide, this is the best kind of love.”



Still observation period

Charmaine frankly admitted that there is someone who makes her happy by just looking at them, but unfortunately the time to see them is very limited. Is that person Benny Chan? Charmaine only smiled sweetly: "There's a lot of people who makes me happy by just looking at them. Whether we really can develop further; this need time, communication, understanding , going through this kind of process. We are not 18, 19 years old; who are without responsibilities, falling in love at first sight, dating and breaking up as you like, having to explain everything to other people. I'm not that kind of person; I have studied alone and lived own my own for so long, I never required to answer to anyone. Having to explain everything to the whole world is too troublesome, so let's just wait and see."

Charmaine and Benny's rumor started in June 2002 when they were filming "Love is a Butterfly". The next year, she mentioned she was still in observation period with Benny. Since it's already 3 years, what are the observed results? She said: "He's often away from Hong Kong, how to observe? We rarely see each other, everything has to depend on timing."



"I'm a good girlfriend"

When asked to describe her relationship with Benny Chan, she unexpectedly gave this answer: "It's like malt candy, you can't finish it but you can't break it off either. What I meant was he has became my rumored boyfriend for so long." Whether the relationship is as sweet as malt candy, Charmaine laughed: "I'm not telling! It'll be too sweet to finish the whole stick of malt candy, it takes a long time for development."

Benny Chan was constantly surrounded by rumors, but Charmaine defended him. She said: "I actually don't know much, never read the entertainment news, whatever he does are not for me to control. We're both in the entertainment circle; we understand the media technique of publicizing stuffs. Whether we have trust is not important, because we have not reach that stage yet. Let's just wait if we really get started."

Nowadays, female celebrities seems to be getting married late. The 30 years old Charmaine does not consider having children, so will she be worried about not getting married then? She replied: "No worries, not that desperate yet. I am a good girlfriend, but I am a girlfriend without time (very busy). I'm still good friend with my ex-boyfriend, and if I'm really those weak types, then I would not be able to keep in contact (with him). At the same time, I put effort into making another person happy, I'm those romantic types."

No leisure to date pursuers

Actually, Charmaine certainly does not lack potential pursuers. However, it's either failed or the feeling has changed even before getting deeper. "It's difficult to take the first step. People outside entertainment circle can't understand why we don't have time, they asked you out 10 times but you said busy for 10 times. Are you joking? Maybe you don’t like me after all, since you always said no. I can't do anything about this, but it's better not getting started than ending up worst."

Phew! Finally done with the translation. The chinese article was really a challenge for me, so please forgive me if there's any mistakes. Kindly give proper credit if re-posted.


7 comments:

Funn Lim said...

Observation period or not, I think this articles answers the age old question of are they or aren't they.

Sehseh I am curious with this line...

"The 30 years old Charmaine does not consider having children, so will she be worried about not getting married then? "

I thought she always wanted to get married AND have children? Why the change of tone? Come on, she can have a boyfriend. Take one year off, do a bit of travelling and find herself a guy. A girl as attractive as her not having a boyfriend? What about us mere mortals? And if 3 years already and still observation period,

CHARMAINE, DUMP HIM! STOP OBSERVING! OBSERVE ... SOMEONE ELSE!

sehseh said...

I thought she always wanted to get married AND have children? Why the change of tone?

Yes, in her previous interview (Was it iFeel mag?) she mentioned that she gave up having children of her own, even though she still likes little children a lot.

Over the years, her views have changed and she want to focus more onto her career now (instead of getting married & retire after having kids).

CHARMAINE, DUMP HIM! STOP OBSERVING! OBSERVE ... SOMEONE ELSE!

Agree 100% There's no smoke without wind, Benny IS a 'flower-heart' guy!

Anonymous said...

huh. that's interesting. i'm really surprised that she's given up the idea of having kids of her own. i guess in a way, i'm happy for her to have made up her mind... but i'm also curious as to what triggered the change. more power to her. i've gotta say that i agree with Funn Lim & Sehseh though, she seriously needs to find someone more stable, if she's interested in anyone at all, that is.

i'm still a bit confused about her answer though... i can't really imagine what "malt candy" is right now, so i don't quite understand her whole "love is like malt candy--difficult to finish, but hard to break off, even if you stretch it..." que?! anyone care to explain for me?

and thank you much for the news, sehseh. =)
-viet

sehseh said...

You know what is maltose sugar, right? It is like honey, thick and sticky. People use it to make candy and when they eat it, this candy can stretch.

What Charmaine meant was her rumor with Benny was neverending, just like the stretchy malt candy. (In fact, I think she's fed up with all those marriage rumors and stuff).

Funn Lim said...

Sehseh, maybe those news about him being flower heart is attempt to divert attention from his ongoing malt like relationship with Benny?

Somehow I do not think her malt example is an illustration of the neverending rumour. It's more "tor-tor-lai-lai" relationship, it is ongoing but not going anywhere except well ongoing. I am surprised she has decided to give up on having children which may mean she gives up on having a relationship or marriage. She doesn't strike me as someone career first. Never say never. One very famous actress once proclaimed SHE WILL NEVER EVER HAVE HER OWN CHILDREN AND WILL ADOPT INSTEAD. Guess what? She's having her first child. Yes that pair, Brangelina.

Anonymous said...

oh, ok, it all makes sense now. =) thanks sehseh. about this whole marriage children thing, i remember reading an article where charmaine jokingly said she would be likely to marry simply for the kids... or something along those lines... so i guess that whole theory about her not marrying now doesn't seem too far-fetched. it also strikes me as kind of odd and slightly funny that she used to have such a well-planned future before she entered the entertainment business (something about marriage at 27 and children at 30 or something) and now she seems so very laid back about this whole romance issue.

anyways, thanks again for explanation.

-viet

sehseh said...

It's more "tor-tor-lai-lai" relationship, it is ongoing but not going anywhere except well ongoing.

That's why I say, move on! As a fan, I would really like to see her more concentrated on her career and be more careful when selecting her roles (not that she has much choices - TVB practically won't accept 'No').

it also strikes me as kind of odd and slightly funny that she used to have such a well-planned future before she entered the entertainment business (something about marriage at 27 and children at 30 or something) and now she seems so very laid back about this whole romance issue.

People mature and their perspective change over time. She dream to have her own family because she lost her father since 5 years old. In a sense, she is a lonely figure. There's no denying she loves kids though.

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