From friends to lovers: Melody Chen and Randall Tan share how they hooked up

8 December 2013 / 2 years 10 months ago

Actor Randall Tan, 40, and Kiss92 FM DJ Melody Chen, 35, were old friends before they hooked up - but they tell The New Paper that life together still brings its share of surprises.

You're a good-looking couple. What do you do when someone hits on your spouse?

Melody: Randall still gets that a lot! I used to be quite affected by it when we were dating. I'd had some bad experiences in my past and it took me a while to come to terms with my trust issues. But I'm handling it better now.

Randall: I avoid doing anything that makes Melody feel insecure - I tell her where I'm going, who I'm with and what I'm doing. We also go to events together. We've learnt to trust each other. I never get jealous because at the end of the day, Melody goes home with me!

How did you first meet?

Randall: Melody is my sister's friend and she was always wanting to introduce us. But I was working as a flight attendant then, and whenever my sister invited Melody and their friends to our home, I would always be away!

We finally met on the set of The Donny Lee Show in 1996 and I was like, "Hey, I think I know you…" That's when we started hanging out as friends.

What were you like as friends?

Melody: We were like brother and sister, so if I'd imagined us being together then - it would have been almost incestuous! (Laughs) It wasn't love at first sight; it was about how comfortable we felt with each other. And we just decided, "Why not?"

Randall: I was already the son her mum never had. My parents loved her too - they could see how much she cared for me. Our parents met when I was hospitalised for Guillain-Barre syndrome (a disease which attacks the nervous system) in 2007. I recovered from it in the same year.

So you started dating nine years after your first screen role together in 1998, when you played lovers in The Teenage Textbook Movie.

Randall: My first thought was: "I hope I don't mess this up." Melody is a great friend and I didn't want to lose that. But I also didn't want to go through life not knowing if we'd work out as a couple.

Melody: It was different from all my previous relationships - not only was Randall a friend, lover and confidante, he also felt like family. So I thought that maybe this was how love should be. We've been married for five years and it's still good.

Do you still discover new things about each other?

Melody & Randall (in unison): Every day!

Randall: Just recently, I found out why Melody keeps the cap of the toothpaste tube open - so it doesn't ruin her manicure! Now, I just leave it open for her.

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