Perhaps for the first time, someone wants to win one of The New Paper's “negative” Flame Awards categories.
Ah Boys To Men actor Ridhwan Azman is a #Fail of the Year nominee because back in August, he admitted to hitting his then-girlfriend.
And he could not stop digging himself into a deeper hole afterwards with his angsty, defensive Twitter responses to netizens calling him out on his behaviour.
“I think I can win,” he told The New Paper, after we informed him who his competition were.
He’s going to get his fans who follow him on social media to vote for him.
No, the 19-year-old is not beating his chest about how cool it is to be a bad boy.
He wants to use this #Fail of the Year win to show others how they can pick themselves up after they fall.
Quoting leadership guru John Maxwell, he SMSed us: “Fail early, fail often, but always fail forward.”
To be fair, it has been a tough couple of months for the full-time national serviceman.
After the incident, he was dropped from JTeam Productions, which manages the other Ah Boys stars, and had many public appearances — paying ones — cancelled.
“I don’t blame them. They’re being cautious. “It’s been tough because I need enough pocket money for my siblings who are in school,” said Ridhwan.
While he has apologised for hitting his then-girlfriend — it was, he said, due to a threat from her to harm herself — he says he’s thankful for the many lessons he has learnt since.
“Everything happens for a reason,” he said. “Most of the people who know me have my back. “But I feel so sad being in public now.
When people on the bus or on the train look at me, I don’t feel good.”
There were strangers, though, who came up to him to ask how he was doing, and he said he gladly and candidly talked to them about the incident.
It was these people who gave him the encouragement that all is not lost in terms of his showbiz career. “I am looking forward to when I finish my NS. I won’t give up on this entertainment industry,” he said.
He offered another Maxwell quote: “The major difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.”