Celebrity third wheel moments that are more awkward than yours

Plus tips on how to deal with being a “light bulb”

Celebrity third wheel moments that are more awkward than yours
Celebrity third wheel moments that are more awkward than yours
05 Feb 2018

Celebrity third wheel moments that are more awkward than yours

Love it or hate it, being the third wheel is part and parcel of single life. Even if the couples you hang out with aren’t doing anything cringe-worthy, just being in their presence can make you feel like a bummer, ten times worse if it’s Valentine’s Day. With the dreadful occasion just around the corner, we asked our local celebs to share about their awkward third wheeling moments. Here are 15 stars who've probably had it worse than you.

Chen Hanwei
Chen Hanwei
05 Feb 2018

Chen Hanwei

What is the worst third wheel experience you've ever encountered?

Many years ago, I went on a vacation to Australia with Zoe Tay and her then boyfriend [now husband Philip Chionh]. But back then I didn’t know they had started dating - I was the one who set them up! We rented a serviced apartment when we were there so naturally, I thought the guys would share a room, while Zoe and her girlfriend would take the other room. But when we arrived, Zoe put her luggage in Philip’s room so I told her ‘You got the wrong room. This is my room.’ But she replied ‘no lah, it’s the same.’

I only found out about their relationship when Zoe’s friend pulled me aside and told me that they are together. I was shocked and things got awkward for me because I had to share the room with her friend. I was so embarrassed so I slept in the living room instead.

Any tips on how to deal with being a third wheel?

Be on very good terms with the couple and being generous helps. Always bribe them with good food, and buy things for them, so when you ask to join them, they will feel bad to reject you.

Zhang Zhen Huan
Zhang Zhen Huan
05 Feb 2018

Zhang Zhen Huan

Have you ever been a third wheel? ​​​​​​​

When I was schooling, there was this period when I felt very lonely after I broke up with my girlfriend, so I would tag along with my friend and his girlfriend who were joined at the hip. I would follow them around school every day and have meals with them. This went on for more than two months and I think it would have continued if it weren’t for the school holidays. The girl didn’t explicitly say that she minded my presence but sometimes I could feel that she wasn’t happy about it and took it out on my friend.

Do you have friends who always end up being your third wheel?

Pornsak gives me the impression that he would be my third wheel. For example when I am out with a friend, he will call me and ask where I am and just invite himself over. Or if he is filming near my home, he will ring me up and ask if he can come over to take a shower and sometimes even borrow a change of clothes! So I think Pornsak will be the biggest third wheel if I get a girlfriend. But it’s okay because we are very close.

Felicia Chin
Felicia Chin
05 Feb 2018

Felicia Chin

What is the worst third wheel experience you've ever encountered?

When I was in secondary school, I had a close friend who was very popular and would always go on dates with guys that she just got to know online. She would ask me to tag along, like be her wingman. Sometimes if there’s a lukewarm response, I’d be the middle man. There was once she broke up with a boyfriend and the guy confided in me and told me that he liked me, but nothing happened. I think sometimes that happens to the third wheel.

Do you have friends who always end up being your third wheel?

My mum (laughs). She is a very sociable person and she likes to spend time with [Jeffrey Xu and me]. My mum used to tell me that she wants to tag along with us when we go on our honeymoon! I think she is the biggest third wheel. I will see how it goes when the time comes.

Aloysius Pang
Aloysius Pang
05 Feb 2018

Aloysius Pang

Have you ever been a third wheel? 

Yes, it happens quite often. Both my brothers are married so during family gatherings, I am like the seventh wheel. I am the only single person out there. [Even though we are family] I feel awkward because everyone is involved in their own conversations. There are situations where each couple will do their own thing and the only couple I can fit in with is my parents. So I will constantly poke my parents and try to join in their conversations but they always speak in Hokkien, so sometimes I just play with my nephew.

Jeremy Chan
Jeremy Chan
05 Feb 2018

Jeremy Chan

What is the worst third wheel experience you've ever encountered?

This reminds me of the time when I went out with Kate Pang and Andie Chen before anyone knew they were together. Kate invited me to a concert because she had an extra ticket and when I turned up, I saw Andie and I was wondering why there’s an extra person. Now that I think about it, I want to smack her. We went together as a trio but they completely ignored me. The whole time the two of them were talking amongst themselves and there was no way I could join in their conversation. It was as though I went to the concert alone. Really! It was very annoying. I really wanted to change seats.

Ed’s note: We verified this story with Kate and she confirmed she only has “eyes for my husband”.

Any tips on how to deal with being a third wheel?

If the couple is just getting to know each other, I will crack jokes to break the ice but I try not to stay for too long. [The guy] is the star, and I am the supporting actor. If I stay too long, I might end up the star instead. The girl might get the impression that I am more fun than the guy. That’s why you should know when to stop.

Dennis Chew
Dennis Chew
05 Feb 2018

Dennis Chew

Have you ever been a third wheel? 

When I was very young, my mum would ask my uncle and his girlfriend to take me along on their dates. It was very awkward for me because I always sat between them. When we were at the movies, I could see them holding hands behind me. Their arms were like two pythons intertwined behind me. I could feel it and I felt very uncomfortable. Another time, when we were out swimming, they behaved very intimately in the pool, so I put on my goggles and went to check out the action underwater. It was WOW! (chuckles uncontrollably)

Which celebrity couple would you most like to third wheel?

I would want to be Sheila Sim and her hubby’s third wheel because [they] would be very hot! And of course Fann Wong and Christopher Lee because Fann is my idol. I would like to see what they get up to when no one is around.

Sheila Sim
Sheila Sim
05 Feb 2018

Sheila Sim

Have you ever been a third wheel? 

There was once I had a friend who joined my ex-boyfriend and me on a holiday. They got along very well - too well – and I was uncomfortable with it. I felt like the third wheel even though it wasn’t supposed to be the case. They had a lot of things in common, good chemistry and though it was nothing, at that moment I felt a little jealous because he stole my friend.

Any tips on how to deal with being a third wheel?

Just be yourself and don’t feel awkward. When you are awkward, it makes people feel awkward. If you know you are going to be a third wheel, just enjoy the company of the people around you. It can be fun. Sometimes when I go out with couples, I will just ask them about their relationship. It is still talking about them and it gives them the opportunity to be grateful for each other or they start bringing out trash about each other and you learn from their mistakes. Being shameless and thick skinned is the key.

Andie Chen
Andie Chen
05 Feb 2018

Andie Chen

Have you ever been a third wheel? 

My only embarrassing memory was back in secondary 2, a girl invited me to join a group of friends on an outing on Valentine’s Day. I was trying to go after this girl and throughout the outing, I was trying to hold her hand but I think she had a crush on someone else in the group and they were flirting. I was very upset because I think she was making use of me because I am close with the guy.

Shane Pow
Shane Pow
05 Feb 2018

Shane Pow

What is the worst third wheel experience you've ever encountered?

My friend was dating this girl but he’s very shy so he asked me to join them on their date. I did it once and I never want to do it again. I don’t know why but I feel very obliged to start conversation when there’s awkward silence. I ended up talking a lot more than the two of them. I was talking, eating and drinking a lot, as though I was by myself. And I didn’t know when to stop or if I should stop talking.

Any tips on how to deal with being a third wheel?

You need to know when’s the time to bounce. When the time is right, you should find an excuse to leave. Have a talk with your friend before the date and tell him to give you code word or to text you when he thinks it is time for you to leave. Plan your exit strategy. I didn’t have one when I was out with that couple.

Rebecca Lim
Rebecca Lim
05 Feb 2018

Rebecca Lim

What is the worst third wheel experience you've ever encountered?

I was out with my friend on her date with this guy because she wanted me to assess him. I don’t expect the guy to pay for me but for him to break it down on a calculator - he divided the final bill by three, multiplied it by two and told me to pay the remainder. I don’t mind paying, but really, a calculator? And he would bring out that calculator at every meal. It was his thing. But fortunately they broke up after a while.

Zhang Yaodong
Zhang Yaodong
05 Feb 2018

Zhang Yaodong

What is the worst third wheel experience you've ever encountered?

There was once I bumped into a celebrity couple in an elevator. I think they are together because [the guy] was not supposed to be there. It was pretty awkward because I had to act normal and make small talk like ask about work. But in hindsight, I think I should have acted surprised and asked the guy why he was there. They have not gone public with their relationship.

Tip on how to deal with being a third wheel?

I would tell the couple to bring a female friend along so we can double date. They can introduce someone to me so it won’t be awkward for me and the girl because we are in the same boat.

Carrie Wong
Carrie Wong
05 Feb 2018

Carrie Wong

Have you ever been a third wheel? 

It was out with my girlfriend then this guy that she was seeing randomly popped up and met us. We didn’t expect him to come and I became the third wheel. I knew the guy but not that well so I just sat there and played with my phone. I pretended to use my phone, surfed social media. In the end I left first because I had a dinner appointment. I don’t like the feeling of being extra so if I feel I am extra, I will just leave.

Any tips on how to deal with being a third wheel?

Just use your phone. Keep using your phone and pretend you are super busy or that you are enjoying yourself. It is also to reassure them that you don’t feel awkward around them and that you are fine entertaining myself. The phone is the best tool to escape from such situations.

Kate Pang
Kate Pang
05 Feb 2018

Kate Pang

Have you ever been a third wheel? 

I don’t know if this counts as third wheeling but I ever accompanied my friend on a blind date. Her mum was present too. She was forced to go on this date so she dragged me along. My friend wasn’t interested in the guy and they did not have much in common but since I was just there as a bystander I was quite at ease chatting with him and he ended up asking me for my number. That was pretty scary.

Jeffrey Xu
Jeffrey Xu
05 Feb 2018

Jeffrey Xu

What is the worst third wheel experience you've ever encountered?

The worst is when the couple gets into an argument. There was once I was out having red wine with my friends and my guy friend swirled the glass too vigorously and the wine splashed out. The girl chided him and he, being a little prideful, was humiliated and angry. I felt very awkward. I didn’t know what to do.

Any tips on how to deal with being a third wheel?

If the couple gets into an argument, talk less. Unless you are confident you can resolve the matter, zip it. I just kept quiet during the red wine incident. I walked away for a while because I felt they needed to talk things out.

Jayley Woo
Jayley Woo
05 Feb 2018

Jayley Woo

What is the worst third wheel experience you've ever encountered?

It will be when the couple wants to kiss goodbye. They are both my friends so when they do kiss, it is kind of awkward. Not that I have anything against that but most of the time I will just look away. I do not have a lot of friends so people that I hang out with are usually close to me so when they get attached I have no choice but to hang out with them.

Which celebrity couple would you most like to third wheel?

Joanne Peh and Qi Yuwu. I felt very comfortable around them when we were filming CLIF. We had quite a bit of fun on set. Joanne’s so bubbly and Yuwu’s very different from what I thought he would be. I expected him to be very quiet but he likes to disturb me. I can feel they are very close, even on set. They do have their (lovey dovey) moments but not too much to the point that it will make others cringe, more like aww so sweet. There are a lot of moments like that.

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