JJ Lin Kicks Off World Tour At National Stadium; Gets Emotional Addressing “Ridiculous Slander” That Made Him Feel Like He Was "Being Eaten Alive By Vultures"
It’s been three years since the Singaporean singer held a world tour, and a year since his last live performance here. So of course he made sure to have a grand homecoming on the first of his two-night concert at the National Stadium on Friday (Nov 4).
Singaporean singer JJ Lin, 41, kicked off his first world tour in three years yesterday (Nov 4), performing to an enthusiastic home crowd on the first of his two-night concert at the National Stadium.
And with it being his 20th year in showbiz, JJ made sure to pack the setlist full of familiar favourites, from ‘Remember’ to ‘Dimples’ and ‘I Still Miss Her’.
But of course, there were surprises in store too.
JJ had a special guest lined up — the first artiste signed to his label JFJ Productions, Patti Tsai.
Describing her as a recent university graduate who’s been interning with his label for five years, JJ shared that it’s always been his dream to sing a song composed by her.
The duo went on to duet on her self-composed song, ‘Dear Stranger’.
Oh, and for those of you who were lucky enough to score a ticket to tonight’s sold-out show, remember to stay on for the encore 'cos JJ has one more surprise up his sleeve.
Towards the end of the concert, JJ performed ‘The Show’, a yet-to-be-released English single that was produced with American DJ Steve Aoki.
Unfortunately, Steve did not pull a Patti and was not present on-stage with JJ. But hey, we can’t get too greedy here, can we?
Watch JJ perform 'Mummy' and 'Mermaid' in the video below. Our story continues after that.
Songs aside, about halfway through the 29-song set, JJ got emotional when talking to the audience, as he referenced a series of online posts that were made in end-2021.
The posts were made by an anonymous account claiming that JJ had wronged them.
“Many times, I was swallowed by the darkness. I didn't understand why I had to give an explanation regarding things I didn't do. I didn't understand why I had to bear the burden of these irresponsible fabricated lies and slander that were posted online,” he said, before pausing, appearing overwhelmed by his emotions.
“Although we all treat what happens in showbiz as mere entertainment news, but what I want to say is that we are human too. What I felt then was that I was being eaten alive by vultures,” he went on to say.
JJ added that he felt like his strength was slowly being sapped away, and that it was not easy for him, but he managed to “come through somehow”.
“When I was at my lowest, I always heard this voice telling me: "Not worth it". It's not worth [trying to] explain anything to the people who don't know you. And I most definitely should not wreck my own health over such ridiculous slander,” he said.
“I work hard, for the people who truly know me, truly love me,” he declared, before diving straight back into things.
'Cos we're sure JJ knows that in the end it's the music that matters.
Photos/Video: JFJ Productions
Tickets to JJ Lin’s Nov 5 JJ Lin “JJ20” World Tour Singapore are sold out.