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Why didn't we know about Joanne Peh's break-up sooner?
by S M Ong

Why is it that Joanne Peh and Bobby Tonelli have split for "a while" and I found out about it only last week?

I follow Peh on Instagram and Twitter, but there was never any hint of her break-up with Tonelli.

I mean, this is the woman whose tweet in 2011 complaining about being charged $3.90 for hot water at the Nando's restaurant in Tanglin Mall was heard around Singapore and beyond.

Within a week after her tweet, the skies opened up and heavy rain caused flooding in Tanglin Mall.

Yes, her tweets can control the weather.

And yet no tweets about the storm in her love life.

I mean, when Gurmit Singh's wife gave birth to their third child last month, I saw pictures of the newborn two days later on Instagram. I also know it was a four-hour natural birth with no epidural.

Privacy? What privacy? More like TMI.

I even know Gurmit just bought an Audi S5 to replace his infamous Lambo.

Crazy COE prices? What crazy COE prices?

We know Peh and Tonelli have split only because an 8 Days magazine reporter happened to walk in on a conversation between Peh and stylist David Gan about furniture.

Asked if she was shopping for furniture because she and Tonelli were getting married, Peh said: "We've actually not been together for… a while."

We don't even know how long "a while" is.

And it's not as if they had been hiding under a rock.

Peh was in Channel 8 drama C.L.I.F. 2 which just ended on Friday and Tonelli was nominated last month for a Pesta Perdana award for his villainous role in the Suria drama, Munah & Hirzi: Action.

They were probably the highest-profile unmarried celebrity couple in Singapore, apart from Jia Jia and Liang Teh and we happened to find out about their break-up only because of David Gan's interior design expertise?

It seems I can no longer trust my local celebrity break-up news to be up to date.

Which other local celebrity couples have called it quits that we don't know about?

Fann Wong and Christopher Lee?

Xiang Yun and Edmund Chen?

Pierre Png and Andrea De Cruz?

Glenn Ong and Jean Danker?

Mark Richmond and Beatrice Chia-Richmond?

I haven't heard much about those two giant pandas from China lately.

It doesn't help that for some reason, celebrities aren't always so forthcoming when it comes to certain details of their personal lives. What's up with that?

Peh told 8 Days: "The truth is, I'm tired of pretending everything is okay when it isn't."

And she did such a good job pretending that we had no idea. She's a better actress than we thought.

Peh is, of course, not the first MediaCorp actress to break up with a foreign beau.

Sharon Au split with her French boyfriend last year.

Carole Lin divorced her French husband a few years ago.

And based on the "I 'heart' my Italian boyfriend" T-shirt that Peh wore on a TV game show two years ago, I'm guessing that Tonelli is of Italian descent although he's from the US.

Do I see some sort of continental pattern here? I'm sensing an anti-foreigner sentiment of a different kind.

Maybe local guys now have a chance with the actress.

Like the "Punk Boy" at last month's Hong Lim Park protest who held up the sign that read "Singapore for Singaporeans".

To improve your chances even more, Peh also told 8 Days that she knows what kind of guy she doesn't want now - "someone too good-looking".

I expect to be updated promptly by Instagram on which ugly guy Peh dates next.

Maybe I'll just start hanging around David Gan.


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readers' comments

Yet to wake up from their beauty sleep I guess :D
Posted by mystrawberry on Wed, 20 Mar 2013 at 09:24 AM
The moral of the story - what they use o starting a thread for discussion and then end up fighting non stop?
Posted by Hehehehaha on Wed, 20 Mar 2013 at 08:36 AM

Your pet? Looks like you since both of you don't understand simple english, no?
Posted by GateCrasher on Wed, 20 Mar 2013 at 07:58 AM

Who didn't lock the gate and let out the siow kow! See now he tey lay long meng leow!
Posted by maipenrai on Tue, 19 Mar 2013 at 21:24 PM

With a moron like you 10 times confirm also no use since you don't even understand simple english, right?
Posted by GateCrasher on Tue, 19 Mar 2013 at 19:54 PM
Must double confirm!
Posted by maipenrai on Tue, 19 Mar 2013 at 12:20 PM
It's a private matter. What is it to you Mr. Ong?
Posted by geewheez on Tue, 19 Mar 2013 at 12:11 PM
To split with someone is not a happy occasion, unlike somebody's spouse giving birth or change to a brand new car?

So why would the former want to announce her split in Instagram or tweet about it? That is something not worth celebrating, or to crow about, isn't it ? Is the writer crazy or nuts ?
Posted by kyotykcaj on Tue, 19 Mar 2013 at 12:09 PM
SM never fails me in 'poking' the others for fun :p. Isn't there a saying 'report happy not sad' so you can't really blame the so-called celebrities who had used the media thorough thorough for good publicity and then don't want to use the media for all bad publicity . My forever favourite is still Piak Choo though :D
Posted by mystrawberry on Tue, 19 Mar 2013 at 12:08 PM
Err... so u mean u can get her sooner meh??
Posted by CannonLE on Tue, 19 Mar 2013 at 12:06 PM

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