Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance

This comes after a long, long time of denials (even to their managers and fellow artistes)

Nick Teo, Hong Ling admit to dating for 3 years
Nick Teo, Hong Ling admit to dating for 3 years
24 Oct 2018

Nick Teo, Hong Ling admit to dating for 3 years

Mediacorp artistes Hong Ling and Nick Teo wanted to keep their romance so low-key that even their managers and 118 co-stars never got a straight answer when probed about their suspicion-raising relationship status.

But finally, after over three years of “hiding and dodging” (yes, that’s how long they’ve been together), the frequent co-stars finally decided to go public on - where else? - Instagram, uploading posts at exactly the same time today (Oct 24) to declare their love for each other for all the online world to see.

“After so long, we decided that it was about time [to go public] as we think our relationship is quite stable,” shared Nick in a phone interview with Toggle this morning. “Plus, back then, we were both quite new as actors and wanted people to focus more on our careers.”

We honestly can’t say we didn’t see this coming, having spotted them out and about together on several occasions. However, the pair mastered the art of navigating our seemingly never-ending queries about their dating rumours, constantly playing the “just friends” card or straight-up changing the subject.

It looks like those sidestepping days are finally over.

Read on to find out who made the first move, what Nick likes about Hong Ling, their thoughts on marriage and more!

Nick's social media post where he declared his relationship with Hong Ling
Nick's social media post where he declared his relationship with Hong Ling
24 Oct 2018

Nick's social media post where he declared his relationship with Hong Ling


TOGGLE: How did you and Hong Ling decide to finally go public?
Nick:
Hong Ling and I were discussing this, and we figured that since quite a number of people from the media already seem to know about us, we should let the public know as well. We’re also confident that we have a future with each other, so if we wait any longer, it wouldn’t make much of a difference.

Was it difficult to keep “hiding and dodging”, as you said?
It was still quite okay. We almost never held hands when we went out, but even after going public, I don’t think we will start holding hands either! (Laughs)

Nick Teo, Hong Ling on the set of Love at Cavenagh Bridge
Nick Teo, Hong Ling on the set of Love at Cavenagh Bridge
24 Oct 2018

Nick Teo, Hong Ling on the set of Love at Cavenagh Bridge

Who made the first move?
We both started out as artistes at around the same time, so we were going for a lot of auditions and interviews together. And then, by chance, we both got to act in 118 together, and during that time there were a lot of chances for us to hang out. Hong Ling and I also happen to live quite near each other, so we would travel together as well.

Then, after filming for 118 ended, I felt weird not seeing her anymore. (Laughs) So I took the initiative to ask her out to catch a movie and stuff, and it just developed from there. At first I wasn’t very sure if she was interested in me too, but I just took that chance. (Laughs)

Hong Ling, Nick Teo on the set of 'Love at Cavenagh Bridge'
Hong Ling, Nick Teo on the set of 'Love at Cavenagh Bridge'
24 Oct 2018

Hong Ling, Nick Teo on the set of 'Love at Cavenagh Bridge'

Did your managers and co-stars know about your relationship?
Sometimes our managers would ask if we were together, but we wouldn’t give them a definite answer. I think they figured it out anyway, but they also tried to act as if they didn’t know. (Laughs) They didn’t restrict us or tell us what we should or shouldn’t do, they just said to let them know before we decide to go public.

Our 118 co-stars once tried to force us to admit we are together. (Laughs) There was one time we were at Dennis Chew’s house, and there was like an “interrogation” session for Hong Ling and I. That was quite stressful! We still refused to give an answer, but I think they somehow got it. They’ve always assumed we are together anyway, even before we said anything.

Why didn’t you want to come clean with them?
We were afraid it might somehow get out. Sometimes people may not want to reveal something on purpose, but it could slip out, so we decided to play it safe.

Hong Ling and Nick Teo at the set of '229'
Hong Ling and Nick Teo at the set of '229'
24 Oct 2018

Hong Ling and Nick Teo at the set of '229'

Are you afraid going public will affect your appeal as stars?
That’s a concern of the past, right now, it’s not something I am worried about. We are much more secure.

What do you like about Hong Ling?
That’s a tough question! (Laughs) I think she’s very cute, sensitive and caring, and it feels nice and comfortable just being with her.


Hong Ling, Nick Teo at the press conference for Channel 8 drama '229'
Hong Ling, Nick Teo at the press conference for Channel 8 drama '229'
24 Oct 2018

Hong Ling, Nick Teo at the press conference for Channel 8 drama '229'

So, what are your plans for marriage?
We’ve definitely considered it, but it won’t happen so soon. Right now we still want to focus on our careers. However, one of the reasons we decided to go public was because we feel like since we have already thought of taking our relationship to the next level, going public is a good start. We don’t have any “deadlines” as to when we intend to tie the knot - we’ll just let nature take its course. (Laughs)

Click on to see more pics of Hong Ling and Nick Teo together.

Hong Ling, Nick Teo on the set of their dramas
Hong Ling, Nick Teo on the set of their dramas
24 Oct 2018

Hong Ling, Nick Teo on the set of their dramas

Hong Ling, Nick Teo in '118' -- the show where it all began
Hong Ling, Nick Teo in '118' -- the show where it all began
24 Oct 2018

Hong Ling, Nick Teo in '118' -- the show where it all began

Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance
Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance
24 Oct 2018

Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance

Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance
Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance
24 Oct 2018

Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance

Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance
Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance
24 Oct 2018

Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance

Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance
Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance
24 Oct 2018

Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance

Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance
Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance
24 Oct 2018

Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance

Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance
Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance
24 Oct 2018

Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance

Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance
Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance
24 Oct 2018

Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance

Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance
Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance
24 Oct 2018

Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance

Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance
Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance
24 Oct 2018

Hong Ling, Nick Teo finally go public with 3-year romance

Watch Hong Ling and Nick Teo on 118, Love at Cavenagh Bridge and 29th February.

Related:
Hong Ling is “sian” of Nick Teo

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