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Andie Chen talks fatherhood

Andie Chen shares his thoughts on fatherhood and reveals that he hopes to have another child in two years.

SINGAPORE: Singapore actor Andie Chen and his actress wife Kate Pang welcomed the birth of their baby boy Aden at a hospital in Taiwan on Monday.

Chen, who was shooting the blockbuster Mandarin drama “The Journey: Tumultuous Times” in Ipoh, Malaysia, rushed back to Taiwan on Sunday morning after he found out that Pang was having contractions.

Fortunately for Chen, he managed to make it in time to witness the birth of his son.

“The baby represents unlimited possibilities. It means giving another life the opportunity to experience what I’ve experienced. It’s a gift for me and my wife.

“It feels surreal, feels good [to be a father]. I am just really happy!” said Chen in a phone interview.

“The moment when you first see him… it was quite emotional.”

Chen said they still have not decided whether to raise Aden in Singapore or Taiwan, and will only do so when they figure out their son’s character, pointing out that it also depends on “where our careers take us”.

In addition, the 31-year-old actor revealed that he hopes to have another child “probably in two years”, if his wife is willing, and would not go out of his way to have a Jubilee Baby next year.

Chen said he will stay in Taiwan with his son and Pang, who is “quite worn out” after the birth, for the next 10 days or so before getting back to work.

He will return to Taiwan once he is done with the drama.

Filming for “The Journey: Tumultuous Times” is expected to wrap in early October, which means he will be away from his family for the next three months or so.

While he admitted that this situation is not ideal, Chen is taking it all in his stride.

“I kind of knew this would happen when I took up the project. It’s unfortunate but it’s necessary,” said Chen.

“When I come back, I’ll make up for lost time!”

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