Getting personal with the celebs… on PDA

Plus their “go-to move” for holding hands for the first time 

Getting personal with the celebs… on PDA
Getting personal with the celebs… on PDA
05/06/2017

Getting personal with the celebs… on PDA

Last month, the Internet had a field day mocking Donald Trump after the missus was caught on camera not once, but twice refusing to hold his hand during his first international trip as president.

After Melania was filmed not-so-subtly slapping Trump’s hand away at the Tel Aviv airport, a day later in Rome, she was caught avoiding “skinship” yet again by brushing her hair away from her face just as he reached for her.

Coincidence? Or maybe Melania just frowns upon public display of affection (PDA). Whichever the case, we erm, reached out to some local celebs to find out how far they are willing to take their PDA, and if they have a “go-to move” for holding a partner’s hand for the first time.

Desmond Tan
Desmond Tan
05/06/2017

Desmond Tan

Are you comfortable with PDA?

It depends on how much. If I am in the company of friends or in the cinema, I think that is still okay, but not if there are strangers around. Holding hands and kissing my significant other goodbye in public is fine but not kissing passionately.

Have you ever had your PDA rejected before?

No, because I am not a fan of PDA. My girlfriend will not expect it of me because she understands I am a public figure. Even before I became an artiste I didn’t really engage in PDA.

So do you have a “go-to move” for holding a girl’s hand for the first time?

It’s like what you see on TV: two people walk side by side and their hands brush. If both parties have a liking for each other, the first time you hold hands will be very natural, comfortable and unforgettable. The feeling is like an electric shock, with [the current] running from your hand to your heart and the rest of your body. The feeling is exhilarating!

As for the first kiss, I will do it when we are chatting. Slowly build up the emotions and then move in for the kiss. It’s all about the moments that build up to it. You cannot be too direct, or you will get whacked.

What is the grossest PDA you have seen?

I walked past a couple in the park and saw them grinding on each other. The girl was sitting on the guy’s lap and they were face-to-face, rubbing against each other. It was a bit weird.

Felicia Chin
Felicia Chin
05/06/2017

Felicia Chin

You have no qualms about indulging in PDA with your boyfriend Jeffrey Xu. What are you comfortable with and what is too much?

Everybody has their own love language and touch is very high on my list. So sometimes on the escalator I will hug my boyfriend from the front or back, or just lean on him. That’s the way I express myself. I do not do it to gain attention. I will also give him a peck [on the lips], it’s a sign of affection. It doesn’t need to be such a “public display” like a 10 min fireworks display with the hands all over each other, that’s too much.

So does the place matter?

Definitely. If it is a more proper function, there are certain things you should not do. If it is a wedding dinner or communal setting where I am at a table with others, I feel you shouldn’t be so into each other and only have eyes for each other. You should interact with everybody.

Have you ever rejected Jeffrey’s PDA?

Before we made public our relationship, sometimes Jeffrey would get very happy and he would hold my hand or hug me. And then I will [glare at him] because nobody knows we are together yet.

There was once, he piggybacked me and ran from one end of the mall to the other after watching a late night movie at Plaza Singapura. Some aunties saw us and started taking photos, so he quickly put me down. We were just having a good time and it was quite memorable. We will do silly things like that and that may be considered PDA too.

Photos: Felicia China, Toggle

Priscelia Chan
Priscelia Chan
05/06/2017

Priscelia Chan

What are your thoughts on PDA?

I am okay with PDA, just not anything too intimate. It’s okay to express how you feel. A quick peck on the lips or cheek is fine, so are holding hands and hugging. As long as they are not stuck together with hands all over each other.

Would you make the first move when it comes to PDA?

No, of course not. I am a lady. But I was the one who held my husband’s (former actor Alan Tern) hand first. Well, he confessed [his feelings for me] first but it took me some time to decide to give the relationship a try, so he was pleasantly surprised when I decided to hold his hand.

Ooh tell us the deets!

That’s our little secret! Sorry, I am not going to say where it happened. We were in public and I just held his hand … just grab. He was standing beside me and I decided that the time was right and that I should give him a chance. It was simple and there were no words needed.

Have you ever rejected a guy when he tried to get close?

An ex-boyfriend tried to be all over me so it was a bit of a turn-off. I just said no and [put my hand out to stop him]. There were people around and I had to stand my ground. I was so young then, I was 17.

Photos: Instagram/@prisceliachan

Aloysius Pang
Aloysius Pang
05/06/2017

Aloysius Pang

Would you engage in PDA?

No, I am from a traditional family and have never seen my parents kiss. I rarely see them hug, maybe once in a few years. Normal holding hands in public is fine but if it’s kissing, I will take a step back. A peck on lips? Maybe if I weren’t an artiste. I tend to be more careful as there may be cameras around.

Has anyone ever rejected your PDA?

I don’t remember what it is like to hold a girl’s hand anymore. It’s been years. The last few times I held a girl’s hand was when I was filming, so no rejections there. I am not a very physical person. I target my opportunities and only make a move when I am confident. I won’t if I know there is a possibility of failure because I have a fear of rejection.

So do you have a “go-to move” for initiating PDA for the first time?

You mean like (pretends to stretch his arms)? I will do the typical walk side by side, touch the finger and if there is no rejection, then hold her hand.

What is the grossest PDA you have seen?

When I was really young, I used to go to the clubs and saw people do really sexual things like fondling and French kissing. I just looked on, it’s like a live show. You don’t get to see that very often except on TV! 

Rebecca Lim
Rebecca Lim
05/06/2017

Rebecca Lim

Are you comfortable with PDA?

No, not even the mention of it. Holding hands is totally fine but it also depends on where I am. If there are too many strangers around, it’s best to keep it to a minimal. If I am in the company of friends or a small group of people, then there can be a little bit more body contact but not so much as to make the people around me uncomfortable. Goodbye kiss? If there is no one looking. But if there are people around then no, it’s so weird.

Have you ever rejected someone’s PDA?

Oh, you mean like Trump? No (laughs).

Then has your PDA been rejected?

I keep PDA to a minimal so if a guy rejects my move then I think he must really hate it.

Do you have a “go-to move” for holding a guy’s hand?

I just reach out and hold the hand lah! Then after that just hold the elbow. I am very boring one.

What is the grossest PDA you have seen?

I have seen a couple making out until I could see what the girl was wearing underneath. It was outside a club and they were both drunk. I am not even sure they were a couple. I looked away. I felt so bad for the girl because everyone was standing around looking at them. They were in their own world.

Carrie Wong
Carrie Wong
05/06/2017

Carrie Wong

What are your thoughts on PDA?

Holding hands and hugging are acceptable but not anything overly intimate because I am a public figure so I will avoid it.

What about a peck on the cheek?

It depends on the circumstances and where I am. You won’t kiss each other on the MRT right? Well, I won’t, not even a peck on the cheek because I don’t feel comfortable doing it. I’m generally not someone who is into PDA, it’s just my character.

What’s the most you have done?

Just holding hands and hugging. That was before I entered showbiz.

Have you ever rejected a guy when he tried to get close?

Yes, when I was younger, around 19. He wasn’t my boyfriend, we were in the dating stage and were still getting to know each other. He tried to put his arm around my shoulders as we were walking along Orchard Road but I wasn’t really comfortable with it so I pretended to look for something in my bag. I did it very naturally so I don’t think he was embarrassed. He didn’t try again after that. I think he’s quite smart and got the hint.

Shaun Chen
Shaun Chen
05/06/2017

Shaun Chen

Would you engage in PDA?

I think it is okay to kiss my wife in public, even on the lips. I have given her a peck on the lips in the shopping mall before. I don’t really mind if people see us. This is very natural.

Has she ever rejected your PDA?

Sometimes when I try to kiss my wife, she would say no because there are a lot of people around. But I just kiss her anyway.

So do you have a “go-to move” for initiating PDA for the first time?

No, it is based on feeling. If I feel the time is right, I will just hold her hand. She is your girlfriend so she won’t reject you. She is probably waiting for you to make a move.

What is the grossest PDA you have seen?

When I was walking along Orchard Road, I saw a couple standing at the side kissing and touching each other all over, you know, things that should be done behind closed doors. I was a little taken aback but I can’t stop them. In Europe, people are more open about such things but we are more conservative here and they should respect our culture.

Photos: Instagram/@shaunchenhongyu

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