Cordero breaks down during concert


MARIA Cordero was unable to control her emotions when dedicating a song to her late husband during a concert at the iconic Hong Kong Coliseum, reported Sin Chew Daily.

The 68-year-old broke down when performing With Love.

“This song is for my husband. Every time I held a concert, he would be there cheering. Let’s not say anymore. I sing for you, darling,” said the veteran Hong Kong singer-actress known for her moniker Fei Ma (Fat Mama).

A slideshow of photos taken together with her late partner Rick da Silva was shown onscreen throughout her rendition.

Cordero could be seen rubbing away tears mid-performance.

Her son, who was in the audience, rushed onto the stage to wipe his mum’s tears with a tissue.

The two hugged onstage, prompting cheers of “I love you” from the audience.

Cordero later explained that those were tears of joy rather than sadness.

“I am a housewife. To be able to perform at Hong Kong Coliseum is all thanks to the opportunity you all gave me,” she told the crowd.

Cordero was married to Da Silva for 21 years before he died of pneumonia in 2021.

Last month, she announced that she would be coming out of retirement to hold concerts to recoup her financial losses from a failed investment.

> Hong Kong actress Roxanne Tong was spotted wearing a large diamond ring just weeks after announcing her engagement to long-time boyfriend Kenneth Ma, reported China Press.

The 35-year-old was seen at multiple Chinese New Year gatherings recently alongside her 48-year-old fiance, with many speculating that this may be the last year the two are eligible to receive ang pows.

At a gathering with other cast members of the 2009 TV drama A Fistful of Stances, fans noticed that in one of the photos, Tong had a huge sparkler on her left hand.

Netizens flooded the post on social media with congratulatory messages.

Ma was previously in a relationship with Jacqueline Wong, 33, but they broke up after the actress was embroiled in a cheating scandal with married singer Andy Hui, 55, in April 2019.

> Taiwanese actress Joe Chen revealed that at the beginning of their relationship, she once spent 800 minutes on the phone with her Malaysian husband Alan Chen reported Sin Chew Daily.

Speaking during the variety show Viva La Romance, the 43-year-old said they could not stand to be apart from each other so they would, at times, remain on the phone for two to three consecutive days.

“(We) had to keep charging the phone. (Our) longest record of an unbroken phone call was 800 minutes,” she said.

Eight hundred minutes is equivalent to 13.5 hours.

She added that sometimes, Alan would not hang up even when she had fallen asleep and would resume the conversation when she woke up.

Joe started dating Alan, 33, an abstract painter and entrepreneur with investments in the health and food business, in 2020 after they met on the dating show Meeting Mr Right.

The couple married in Taiwan on March 31 last year.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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