TV hunk Edmund Chen's son describes himself as 'sloppy and skinny'

12 September 2013 / 3 years 1 month ago

Chen Yi Xi, 22 and Chen Yi Xin, 13 

Parents: Actor Edmund Chen and actress Xiang Yun

Children of celebrities have to share their parents with the public. This is often the case for the Chen family when they go out for dinner.

Says the son of local celebrities Edmund Chen and Xiang Yun, Yi Xi: “It won’t be long into the meal before people start coming up to my parents and asking, ‘Can we have a photo with you?’”

Younger sister Yi Xin chimes in: “We’re experts at taking photos with a camera phone under all sorts of lighting conditions. iPhone, Samsung – all can!”

But Yi Xi and Yi Xin say they don’t resent the interruptions and are used to them.

“I’m actually quite happy whenever that happens. It means people recognise my parents and their work,” says Yi Xi, 22, who is studying art, media and design at Nanyang Technological University.

“Sometimes they even want to take photos with us,” adds Yi Xin, 13, and a student at Bedok South Secondary School.

The two confess that they find certain expectations placed on them to be weighty.

Yi Xin says that some people seem surprised that she goes to a regular school.

For her elder brother, the pressure is of a different sort.

“You know, people see my dad as a handsome hunk. In comparison, I’m kind of sloppy and skinny, and when I was a teenager, I had so many pimples,” he says with a laugh.

“But I’ve reached a kind of nirvana,” adds the charmer, who is now more comfortable with his appearance.

The siblings are fine about people finding out who their parents are, but rarely reveal their identities for fear of being “treated differently”.

Read the full report in The New Paper.

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Images 1 to 46 show Edmund Chen and his family, images 47 to 68 show local actor Zheng Geping and his family, while the rest of the gallery shows other celebs and their offspring.

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