Former actress Ann Poh rebuilds life after failed marriage
It has been a decade since former MediaWorks actress Ann Poh, who was best known for her 34F assets, left showbiz.
But when her old friend Ben Yeo approached her last year to play the role of an abused wife for his #SaveMummy campaign video, the 40-year-old did not think twice before accepting.
This was despite the subject matter hitting close to home.
In 2006, her separation from her Singaporean husband of eight years made headlines after both sides alleged spousal abuse.
The couple, who have two daughters, were divorced that year, said Poh.
Referring to the video shoot, the Penang native told The New Paper over the phone: "At first, I felt a bit uncomfortable looking at myself when I saw the fake bruises on my face. Some of the old memories went through my head for a short while.
"But after that, I was okay. It's all in the past."
"All in the past" is a phrase Poh kept repeating throughout this interview.
She said she does not harbour any grudges and is now on cordial terms with her ex-husband.
"Any decision that involves our (girls), we will discuss it together," said Poh, an administrative officer at a real estate company.
Poh said her two daughters, aged 16 and 17, are her top priority as she continues to "rebuild (her) life from scratch".
Her acting career took off in 2001 when she signed on with the now-defunct MediaWorks.
She was discovered after winning a biggest bosom contest on Channel U variety show Snap.
But in 2004, Poh was retrenched when MediaWorks merged with Mediacorp.
The initial years of her divorce were the hardest for her, she said.
For 18 months, she lived in Guangzhou, China, selling silver jewellery online to earn a living.
Job opportunities in Singapore were few, following her highly publicised split.
"Nobody wanted to hire me. They knew all about my life," she said.
"I knew then I had to upgrade myself and be better for myself and my children."
Her ex-husband and her mother-in-law cared for her daughters during that time.
Poh and her ex-husband share joint custody of their daughters.
"(When I was in Guangzhou) I missed my children a lot and had to hold back tears so that they would not know that I was sad," she said.
"My daughters, especially the younger one, would cry. But I had to be strong."
When she moved back to Singapore in 2008, Poh lived in fear that people would continue to ask about her failed marriage.
In 2009, she got a diploma in tourism from the Tourism Management Institute of Singapore while juggling a part-time administrative job.
She later worked as a tour group leader before settling into her current job.
Compared to her past glitzy celebrity life, Poh's life is very different now, but she does not mind.
"Frankly speaking, I do miss acting because it is fun. But acting is my hobby.
"Making ends meet and supporting my children is are top priorities right now.
"I am comfortable with my normal life," she said.
In recent years, she has made several guest appearances in Channel 8 dramas and is open to opportunities if they fit her schedule.
Her children still live with her mother-in-law although she hopes to have them live with her in the future.
The main thing she has learnt after her failed marriage?
"I have to be stronger, fight harder and be better for myself and my children," she said.
"You must stay positive and love yourself.
"Everything will be okay when you put your heart into it."
And would she be open to dating again soon?
"To be honest, I haven't had time to think about it," was her candid reply.