JJ Lin 10 years on: Who does he live for?
Text: Junn Loh
Photos: Louis Teo & UnUsUal Entertainment
Videos: Fiona Lin
He has legions of fans around the world, and rakes in millions from endorsements each year. He has won numerous accolades for his work and has travelled the world. He is a multi-hyphenate and calls luxury convertibles his ride. At 32-year-old, these successes surely hint at a pretty perfect life for JJ Lin, right?
Ask the Mandopop prince and he rates his life an “eight on a scale of ten” in a heartbeat, with five being an “average”. Aside from the obvious loss of privacy that comes with fame, it is making new friends and relationships that the local singing sensation has a problem with.
“Everything that used to be simple becomes so much more difficult and complicated,” he said, during an interview with xinmsn to promote his upcoming Timeline World Tour in Singapore.
“I need to think about it a lot and consider a whole lot more (about the relationship) before I act. It’s not just for me but for the sake of my partner.”
Calling himself “helpless” in a media culture that delights in salacious gossips and baseless rumours, JJ Lin replied candidly when we asked him about the negative press that resulted from his ‘overzealous’ love confession recently. Case in point: JJ’s high-profile love declaration for long-time crush Hebe Tien that took a turn for the worse.
The incident had allegedly infuriated Hebe and her record label, both of whom felt that JJ was merely trying to exploit the songstress for publicity sake. The pair had reportedly fallen out with each other ever since.
“It’s enough that I’m clear about the (real) situation…but of course, it did hurt a little after reading about it. They (staff from Hebe’s record label) are after all people I’ve known and worked with before.”
While he hopes for the “misunderstanding” to clear up soon, JJ assured that he is still on a “friendly speaking term” with Hebe.
“I believe that she (Hebe) is not someone that gets swayed by news reports. Our friendship will not be affected by things like these (negative reports).”
JJ Lin at his autograph session on Friday evening. The event was attended by more than 2000 fans.