Will wedding bells be ringing soon for celebrity couple Qi Yuwu and Joanne Peh?
Not so fast, says Singapore-based Chinese actor Qi. The lovebirds made a splash when they went public with their relationship in April.
Local actress Peh, 30, shocked fans by dropping the bombshell that she was dating Qi just three weeks after news of her very-public split with Bobby Tonelli, 37. She had dated the Singapore-based Italian-American radio deejay for four years, reports the New Paper.
Speculation was rife two weeks ago that Qi might propose to Peh after they were seen accompanying his relatives ‘who flew in for a visit from China‘ on shopping and dining trips around town.Speaking to The New Paper at the press conference for his upcoming Channel 8 drama The Dream Makers on Tuesday, Qi said: “I am still enjoying the process of being in a relationship and have not thought about marriage. Sometimes, the ending is not the most important.‘
The 36-year-old added: “I believe in proposing when the feeling is right. It wouldn’t be romantic if I think so far ahead now.‘
But the MediaCorp leading man admitted that he looked forward to marriage, even though he was uncertain about the future.“Being in a relationship is like walking down a dark, unlit path, you don’t really know what will happen next,‘, he said. "I guess I will let nature take its course.‘
Even though Qi, who has been in the entertainment business since 1999, has not seriously thought about his ideal wedding proposal, he was sure of one thing ‘“ no drama and gimmicks.
He said that because he has acted in countless series over the past years, a dramatic and over-the-top marriage proposal was the last thing he wants. “It should be something simple and spontaneous. Something that comes from the heart when the timing is right.‘He said his relatives had a great time hanging out with Peh.
Qi said: “They got along well. Joanne took time out from her busy schedule and took my relatives to eat local street food, and showed them around Singapore. My relatives were very happy.‘The heartthrob smiled a little when talking about his girlfriend, saying that she has filled the void in his life.
“In the past, I had friends, career and family. Love wasn’t everything to me,‘ he said. “But I feel more complete now. This relationship is like the icing on the cake.‘Peh and Qi have known each other for nearly 11 years, since acting together in Peh’s first drama, Beautiful Connection (2002).
Over the years, they were cast in six other dramas, the latest being C.L.I.F 2 this year.In The Dream Makers, Qi plays a director who has, relationship issues with his B-list actress-girlfriend (Jeanette Aw) and eventually falls for a variety show director (Rui En).
The series, which is about larger-than-life personalities in the showbiz industry, also stars local veteran artistes Chen Liping, Zoe Tay and Chen Hanwei.
It premieres on June 24 at 9pm.With busy personal schedules on their plates, Qi said he has technology to thank for helping to keep their relationship alive. He said he was previously not interested in Skype as he had no use for it. It was Peh who motivated him to learn more about it so that they could keep in touch when in different countries.
He said: “I had no experience of any long-distance relationship in the past, so I didn’t bother to learn or find out more. Now, we talk every day even when we are flying around the region for work.‘
To him, being in a relationship has also allowed him to understand more about himself, and learn things he had never known.
“Two people should always benefit or inspire each other when in a relationship. I feel that there’s always self-discovery in every romance.‘Yet, when asked what he found out about himself from the relationship that he did not previously know, Qi said: “I don’t really know, but I feel more balanced.‘