The Straits Times
April 20, 2016
The media has been hearing wedding bells since pop queen Faye Wong and actor Nicholas Tse got back together and her daughter, singer Leah Dou, for one, is cool with that.
In an interview with Apple Daily on Tuesday (April 19), Dou, 19, mentioned that her favourite Cantonese song by her mother is Vertigo, which was composed by Tse and released in 2001, after the couple first started their May-December relationship. It created an opening for questions about Tse, 35, who resumed his romance with Wong, 46, in 2014.
"He wrote it, right, right, right, I like it," Dou said.
Does she have a good relationship with him? "It's normal."
Would she like him for a stepfather? "If she's happy, it's enough," she said, referring to her twice-divorced mother.
What has Dou learnt from the three men in her mother's life, her father, musician Dou Wei; her former stepfather, actor Li Yapeng; and Tse?
"I don't know. I think if I've learnt anything, I did it unconsciously. I haven't thought about this. I think they're all good."
Dou, who was born in Beijing but has a Hong Kong passport, is in Hong Kong on a publicity tour for her debut album, Stone Cafe, a collection of 11 English songs that will be out on Friday.
Although she acknowledged her parents' influence, she said her aunt, singer Dou Ying, played a more significant role in her musical education. "As a child I watched my mother's concerts, and I've heard my father's music, but my aunt influenced me more. She introduced a lot of songs to me."
In 2013, after Leah was given her first guitar, she released her first work, With You, online, and won praise for her voice, said Ming Pao Daily News. The song was a boost to her confidence, and that year, she flew to California to study music.
Dou, who has given up enrolling in university to pursue music, told Ming Pao on Tuesday: "I thought about going to college, but I think my learning doesn't necessarily have to be completed in school. I understand quite well what I want to learn and do. When a person is clear about what he wants, school may become an obstacle."
Asked about the difficulty of breaking into the China, Hong Kong and Taiwan markets with an English album, she said she wrote most of the songs in the United States, adding: "I just want to be myself. I haven't thought about this."
Her mother should have heard a few of her songs, but "in music, she doesn't give me advice. She respects me and gives me a lot of space".
Although her voice has been compared to her mother's, she does not mind. "I also think I sound quite like her. I won't bother to change my singing. It's similar, but not completely the same."
This article was first published on April 20, 2016.
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