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Have a baby? No thanks
by Mervin Tay

Her body may be ready for children, but her heart is not.

So said Hong Kong singer Joey Yung on Wednesday in a phone interview to promote her gig here.

The 32-year-old sees a traditional Chinese medicine physician to ensure she stays healthy ahead of a series of concerts in Hong Kong in December.

"I fell ill quite often last year and at one point even lost my voice. So this year, my biggest wish is to remain healthy," she said in Mandarin.

Yung said she has been given a clean bill of health by her doctor.

"He even told me my uterus is fine,and I can be a mother anytime. But I told him I don't want to have kids yet, I just want to be in good health."

Yung, who is dating Hong Kong singer Wilfred Lau, 36, said she wants to focus on her career.

"I probably won't even think about settling down or having children for the next three or four years," she said.

"If I start a family, it will affect my work, and because of that, I'll feel that I'm being irresponsible."

For nearly a decade, Yung's sexual orientation was the subject of much speculation, as she had been romantically linked to singer Denise Ho since 2002.

Neither of them addressed the rumours, but last

June, Yung revealed she was dating Lau. However, when asked if Lau agreed to not starting a family just yet, Yung sidestepped the question.

She said: "Communication is very important in any relationship. We talk about nearly everything, so I can't really remember if we discussed this topic before.

"But people who know me well will understand that I want to concentrate on my work at this point."


However, work has not been all smooth sailing for Yung.

Recently, there were accusations of plagiarism with regard to her new song To View In A New Light.

Yung defended composer and producer Alex Fung.

The song, which is from her album Small Days, slated for release in August, was released on You- Tube on May 12.

Netizens said the first 30 seconds of the song sounded similar to British singer Adele's Rumour Has It.

Yung said that Fung, who has been in the business since 2001 and has worked with other Hong Kong artistes like Andy Hui, Kelly Chen and Ivana Wong, was shocked by the allegations of plagiarism.

"He didn't expect such a response because he worked very hard on the song for about two months," she said.

"If he really wanted to plagiarise something, he wouldn't have needed so much time. I feel bad to have got him involved in this controversy," said Yung, who worked with Fung in 2009 and 2012.

"But I told him: 'What matters is I believe in you', and, as (he is) an experienced composer and producer, I feel he won't resort to plagiarism."

Yung, who has released 30 studio albums since her debut in 1999, went on to say pop music may contain elements that sound similar.

"But it's actually not that easy to copy something," she said with a laugh.

"Moreover, wouldn't it be easier to do a cover version if I really wanted to? It'll be less effort for everyone."


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