Desmond Tan and Rebecca Lim were once local showbiz's most talked-about BFFs... until they became local showbiz's most talked-about former friends when their friendship famously fizzled out in 2015 for reasons not made known to the public. 

And Desmond was asked about what happened on the latest episode of Quan Yifeng’s talk show, Hear U Out.

But first, you'd have to go all the way to the beginning. Des and Becks have been friends since their JC days — she was from Victoria JC and he, Jurong Junior College, and they met at an inter-JC beauty pageant. Becks, who was offered a Mediacorp contract after taking part in the 2005 Miss Singapore Universe pageant, was also the one who encouraged him to audition for Star Search in 2007. And they continued being close as their careers blossomed.

“I think the friendship between Rebecca and I is very strange," Desmond said. "What’s weird is that we were friends before entering showbiz. When Mediacorp offered her a contract, we talked about whether she should accept it or continue on her path to becoming a doctor (…) I told her to give it a try, and she signed the contract. At the time, I never thought I’d follow in her footsteps.”

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