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I'm a born-again single: Allan Wu
by Charlene Chua

At 41, Allan Wu is ready to date again.

The US-born actor-host is back in Singapore for good after having relocated to Shanghai with his family for work two years ago.

News broke last June that Wu and local actress-host Wong Lilin had called it quits after 10 years of marriage.

Wong, along with daughter Sage, nine and son Jonas, seven, then moved back here a few months before Wu.

Now, he is excited about meeting women of "all colours, shapes and sizes".

Women who are not afraid of the sun will score points in his book.

Said Wu: "It's been a while, I'm a born-again single.

"My life had centred around Lilin and the kids (for the last decade) so the opportunity costs were that I didn't have time to spend with my friends.

"Right now I want to focus on my kids and find someone to be with.

"I'm definitely ready."

Wu said that he did not want what happened to scar or traumatise him and is not shutting out the possibility of a second marriage.

"Never say never, I always say.

"Maybe Lilin will also find someone more appropriate for her than me.

"If I ever consider marriage again, I'll have to take my kids into account as they are my responsibility now."


So what is Wu looking for in a potential mate? She should be fun, loving, humorous and someone who likes to stay healthy.

It would also be best if she were bilingual in English and Mandarin like Wu is.

Said Wu: "I'm the kind of person who when I meet someone, I will kind of know if we'll be good together.

"It's important for me to meet more people now.

"Apart from not being afraid of the sun, I hope she's a non-smoker too."

Wu said that before marriage, he had one serious girlfriend, his college sweetheart.

"You never know.

"Maybe someone that I've known from my past is The One."

Wu said that things between him and Wong are cordial.

This is because they have agreed that their children are top priority.

When asked if getting back together with Wong was a possibility, Wu said that although he will not count that out, it is unlikely.

He said: "Being in a relationship is like being on a ride.

"Do I want to go back on again?

"At this stage, we're done.

"Now is my time, for myself."


Wu is also in the midst of buying an apartment at Upper Thomson so that he can stay near his children's school.

Wu said that he scored a good deal with what he calls his "quasi bachelor pad". He said: "The apartment is black and white and is situated in an older complex but it has an old colonial charm. It's my humble abode.

"The last time that I stayed alone was in 2001 and it was in Holland Village.

"You can say that I have come full circle."

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