Back in the early 2000s, two young female Singaporean singers forged their way to Taiwan — then the capital of Chinese pop music — to try to make their career. One was Stefanie Sun, and the other Stella Ng, who went by her Chinese name Huang Xiangyi.
Then only 19 years old, the pretty baby-faced singer nicknamed Music’s Sweetheart went on to launch three albums, star in several local and Taiwan TV dramas and movies, and also front more than 10 commercials. Karaoke fans of Harlem Yu’s classic hit Qing Fei De Yi might also recognise her as the star in the music video.
After four years as a popular celebrity (more on that later), a stint as a chocolate entrepreneur, and close to 19 years away from Singapore — 16 years in Taiwan and two-and-a-half years in Vancouver, Canada — Stella is now back home in Singapore for the next few years.
With her is her adorable eight-year-old son Ashton, her child with Canadian businessman Armstrong Yeh, whom she married in 2011. Stella and Ashton completed their Stay-Home Notice (SHN) here in late August.
In an interview with AsiaOne, Stella, who turns 40 in December this year, said she planned her big move three months ago when she realised Covid-19 was going to be around for a while.