Celeb dad Allan Wu: I’m open to fatherhood again

Allan Wu discusses life as a single dad and how he stays hands-on with his two kids.

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It’s been some five years since life threw Allan Wu a curveball when the American-born Chinese actor, host and former model parted ways with his media personality wife Wong Li-Lin after nine years of marriage and two kids. 

Following a lull period, Allan, 46, a FLY Entertainment artiste, returns to the screens in upcoming Toggle series Close Your Eyes. And yes, he is bigger, better, bolder ― and yes, ladies ― more bodylicious than ever. 

Best known for hosting The Amazing Race Asia, he talks to SmartParents about life as a jet-setting single dad, raising tweenagers ― son Jonas is 12 and daughter Sage is 14.

What’s it like being a single dad?

Due to my travel and work schedule, I don’t get enough time with them. But when we do hang out, I like that we’re able to spend quality time where we are interacting and staying connected, versus just being in the same room and doing our own respective things. As long as I’m in town, I’ll try to see them almost every single day. It may only be an hour or two sometimes, but I try to make it count.

How do you spend time with the kids?

I enjoy taking them outdoors to be active. We might go running, play basketball, swim or just walk around. I also like to take them to eat and watch movies. Our favourite restaurant is California Pizza and everyone takes turns on what movies they want to watch. We recently watched Moana and Rogue One.

“I really do enjoy watching them learn, develop and mature into people that I know they can become. It truly is a joy and blessing to be a parent and watch your children grow up.”

 

What do you enjoy the most and least about parenting tweens?

As they become a lot more independent and have discovered their interests and hobbies, they prefer to do their own thing more and more or spend time with their friends, which is normal. However, it’s been an adjustment for me because I was accustomed to spending so much time with them when they were younger.

Still, I really do enjoy watching them learn, develop and mature into people that I know they can become. It truly is a joy and blessing to be a parent and watch your children grow up.

How do you keep yourself relevant to the kids as they get older?

When I’m travelling, I try to update them through WhatsApp on what I’ve been doing and where I’ve been, so that they are still a part of my life ― although Sage hardly replies to my messages [laughs]. When I send them pictures of where I am, I’m also educating them that there is still much to see and learn.  

When I’m home, I try to encourage them to share their feelings with me. I also try to spend one-on-one time with each of them and get involved in their interests. Sage is artistic and likes to colour, while Jonas and I play chess, board games or basketball together. Now that they are growing older, I’ll even share my public speaking skills with them sometimes ― it’ll come in handy one day.

How did the kiddos react to the divorce? What about marrying and becoming a father ― again?