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They got hitched at the age of 22

STARTING A FAMILY EARLY: Mr Ong and Ms Tan - seen here with their son and dog - married after 51/2 years of dating, and they are now expecting a daughter. The couple are going strong and divorce is not an option for them.


    Apr 09, 2015

    They got hitched at the age of 22

    WHEN Bennett Ong and Tan Yien tied the knot in 2011, many of their friends were surprised as both of them were only 22 and still studying.

    However, it was a "natural step" for the couple after 51/2 years of dating.

    Still, they were well aware of what some people say about marrying young.

    Ms Tan, now 26, told My Paper: "Some people may say things like how we are too young to know what life is like, or cite statistics showing a higher rate of divorce among those who marry young."

    But they saw it differently. Mr Ong, currently serving national service as a medical officer, said they had always wanted to start a family early. His wife gave birth to a son in 2013 and is eight months pregnant with a daughter. The family live in a four-room flat in Clementi.

    "It's fun being married young because I get to spend the prime of my youth with my wife, who is my best friend," said the 26-year-old.

    He was in his fourth year at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS) when he married Ms Tan, who was also studying at NUS then.

    Before they took the plunge, the couple had counselling from their church to help prepare them for married life.

    Said Ms Tan, a piano teacher: "It helped to address some questions we had, like how to live with each other and how to prepare financially."

    The couple said they are still going strong and divorce is not an option for them.

    "Marriage is about a choice rather than a feeling," said Mr Ong.

    However, Ms Tan admitted that it could be tough being married young.

    "I understand why some people have misgivings about marrying early, because you have to put your family ahead of your career and there's less time to be with friends," she said.

    But there are no regrets for her.

    "It's very fulfilling to live together and manage a family together."

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