Feb 24, 2016

    Lim's a no-show at sports event's launch

    IT WAS billed as a first-of-its-kind sporting event in Singapore, yet at the media launch of The Celebrity Sports Day on Monday evening, local actress Rebecca Lim was conspicuously missing.

    On the event's poster featuring pictures of all the participating celebrities, the 29-year-old's photo was not only one of the biggest but it was also placed in the first row and right in the centre.

    Her absence at the Bugis+ shopping mall event was glaring, as if she was deliberately lying low due to her "retirement" fiasco less than two weeks ago.

    Nothing of the sort, Lim's manager told The New Paper over the phone.

    "No, Rebecca couldn't make it because she is currently filming a new Channel 8 drama The Dream Job," said her manager. "Her filming schedule is very tight as overseas actors are involved in this particular drama production.

    "She will be there for The Celebrity Sports Day actual event, that's for sure."

    Lim is slated to play captain's ball at the event on March 12.

    On Feb 12, Lim shocked many when she posted she was "retiring" on her Instagram page. Fans were led to believe she was quitting showbiz.

    It turned out to be a publicity stunt involving insurance company NTUC Income to remind young Singaporeans to plan financially for retirement.

    After an Instagram post on Feb 13 to clarify her message, Lim went quiet on social media.

    Actor Romeo Tan, 30, is filming The Dream Job with Lim but showed up at the launch because he did not have scenes to shoot yesterday.

    "I met her on the set of our drama but I didn't bring it up. It's her personal matter after all," he said.