In the true words of Alien Huang, “No matter what kind of person you perceive me to be, I’m not who you think I am.” From breaking out of the idol mold (fun fact: he started out as a member of boy bands HC3 and Cosmo in the early 2000s!) to carving out a burgeoning career all on his own, the singer has came a long way to becoming the multifaceted artiste he is now. Yet despite his best efforts, it’s inevitable that people still harbour some sort of misconception towards him. In an exclusive interview, we sat down with the Taiwanese megastar to separate fact from fiction once and for all.
Fiction: An A-lister wannabe?
Fact: Far from it. His latest self-titled album ALiEN is proof that the singer has truly escaped the shadows of his peers, and is definitely not one that fits the norm. “Perhaps why I’m called Alien is because I have a different mindset from everyone else. This album is a symbolisation of breaking myself apart and resurrecting into a new brand of Alien Huang.” And his hard work shows – his musical flair and lyrical maturity shine in every self-composed track in this record, and we think he deserves every bit of recognition for his talent. Who’s to say the dude’s a wannabe now?
Fiction: Still hung-up over Rainie Yang?
Fact: That was over a decade ago, and we’re pretty sure the lad has dated other girls after breaking up with his high school sweetheart. The next question on everybody’s mind: is the 32-year-old seeing anyone currently? He admits, “Honestly, I haven’t had the chance to meet new people. But if I happen to find someone who has similar interests as I do, I’ll have no qualms settling down with her.” He then pacified fans by stating that he’ll “most likely marry after 35”. Three more years to go before he gets rid of his bachelor status!
Fiction: Only likes pretty girls?
Fact: We reckon the music video for ‘My Friends’ is enough to put the kibosh on things. “It was fun wearing uniforms again and reliving the memories [with Ou Han Sheng, Shiou Chieh Kai, Wesley Chia, and Xie Kun Da]. In the MV, we all had a crush on the most attractive girl in school. But as we grow up, you realise that the pretty ones might not actually be your ideal type, and the plain Janes might just end up being your cup of tea. You never know.”
Fiction: Friendship stuck in a superficial rut?
Fact: You might’ve heard about the rumours running rampant about the apparent tension between him and his (ex?) best bud, but don’t let hearsay cloud your judgement – it’s a well-known fact in showbiz that Alien is an incredibly loyal pal. He further asserts on his definition of ‘brothers’: “If we’re brothers, it’s only natural for us not to be selfish towards each other. I’m the type of person who would give 100 per cent of myself in a friendship.” When piqued about his absolute last straw, he had a long mull over it before giving us this heart-tugging answer: “Someone who hurts me with a bad intention.” Ouch…
We don’t know about you, but we have a newfound respect for Alien Huang after our chat with him. Keep doing what you’re doing!