SINGAPORE - By her own admission, home-grown singer Stefanie Sun is a doting, nurturing mother to her 1½-year-old son.
But whatever you do, don't call her "mumsy".
That is, despite Sun being the brand ambassador of Abbott Nutrition's Similac-Gain formula milk and joking at her recent press conference that she is "more concerned about Primary 1 enrolment" than anything else.
The 35-year-old Mandopop queen, who was in town on Thursday to promote her new studio album Kepler and concert tour, frowned slightly when quizzed by The New Paper if she is keen to shed the mumsy label.
"'Mumsy' has a negative connotation, it usually means frumpy, right?" she mused.
"I definitely don't feel frumpy. Motherly, yes. But not mumsy."
Sun, who is sporting a short, spunky crop of bleached blonde hair, will be the first pop act to perform at the new National Stadium, on July 5. Her concert is slated to have a seating capacity of almost 20,000.
The youthful-looking pixie-faced singer is looking forward to showing off her nifty footwork.
"It's empowering, doing my energetic dance stuff on stage," she said.
"Giving birth really changes a woman's body. I took some time to train up in preparation for my tour, so it feels really good."
The first-time mother said the going was the toughest when her son was still a newborn.
Taking care of him stressed her out so much that she relished the idea of having helpers relieve her load.
"In the beginning, it was overwhelming. Suddenly, you have a baby who needs you on hand to change his diapers and feed him, all day, all night... It felt like I had no time left for myself," she said.
"I did think, 'Maybe it'll be better if I go off to work and let somebody else take care of him, it wouldn't be so tough then.'"
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This article was published on April 5 in The New Paper.
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