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He puts a ring on it after 20 years
by Jocelyn Lee

Singapore - It was a glitzy, glamorous and star-studded affair at Charlie Young's wedding to Singaporean Khoo Shao Tze last Saturday.

Guests included Hong Kong actress Gigi Leung, Hong Kong actress Anita Yuen, Malaysian actress Angelica Lee and her husband, Hong Kong director Oxide Pang and well-known Hong Kong director Tsui Hark.

Local stars Andrea De Cruz and Pierre Png, who are friends of the groom, were present as well.

Hong Kong superstar Aaron Kwok was also invited, but he could not turn up due to his busy schedule.

It was a frenzy as the stars arrived, with over 30 international media from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia lined up outside the ballroom in W Hotel Singapore.

Hong Kong-based Taiwanese actress Young, who had been in an onoff relationship with Mr Khoo for 19 years, finally agreed to marry him when he popped the question in May.

Looking stunning in an white, offshoulder wedding gown, Young, 39, gamely posed for the media horde when she arrived with Mr Khoo.

Upon prompts from the media, Mr Khoo leaned in and kissed Young's cheek, leading to cheers and congratulatory greetings from everyone.

Young, who spoke in a mix of Cantonese and Mandarin, said: "I am very touched and happy today.

"Many friends gave us their blessings.

After I get married, I will divide my time between Hong Kong and Singapore equally."

She added: "We've been dating for very long and we didn't agree on a time to get married.

"We let nature take its course and got married when the feeling is right."

Mr Khoo, 43, a trained lawyer and now secretary to the Indonesian Tourism minister, said: "It's been 20 years, it's hard for me to describe or say how I feel towards Charlie. To me, she is always an angel."

For her wedding, Young rounded up close friends Gigi Leung and Angelica Lee to be her "jie meis" (sisters).

The actresses also hosted the wedding banquet, while Taiwanese singer Valen Hsu was Young's bridesmaid.

Leung, 37, told the media: "This is my first time being a wedding host, so I feel slightly nervous. But it is very fun. I am so happy for her."

Lee, 37, said: "We are all very close, so I feel very touched for them. I even cried earlier in the day."

Even though Kwok, 48, could not show up, his manager said he sent a video greeting and also gifted the couple with a diamond ring.

One of the most excited guests was the groom's older brother, Mr Frank Khoo, 45.

The fund manager told The New Paper: "We knew it would eventually happen, and we had been waiting for this for a long time."

He added: "Of course, we are going to give him pressure to have babies soon, as he is already 43. The more, the merrier!"

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