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Joanne Peh finds love with Qi Yuwu

Real-life romance for local actors Joanne Peh and Qi Yuwu, who have revealed that they are officially dating.

Asianpopnews website reported that the two stars, who play onscreen lovers in the crime thriller, "C.L.I.F. 2" had recently admitted that they are indeed dating, when Yuwu himself revealed his newfound romance in a recent interview with a magazine.

In an interview with local entertainment magazine 8 Days, Chinese actor Qi announced that after ten years of being "just friends", the two are now "together" and hope for "everyone's blessings".

"There's a trust between us. She has always said the things I tell her make her think. When you have this kind of communication and connection, what else do you need? We don't need anything else," the usually reserved Qi told 8 Days in a shockingly candid interview.

"I told her how I felt about her, quite directly. It wasn't dramatic or anything.”

Yuwu who is more reserved than the outgoing Joanne was asked if their differences in personalities have any effect on their relationship. However, the actor welcomes the differences, stating, "My life will be balanced with a more active and energetic person around."

The news comes just weeks after Peh told 8 Days that she and her American-Italian beau of four years, Bobby Tonelli, had split up due to personal differences.

With this in mind, said Qi, Peh had naturally felt unsure about their new relationship.

Asked if he was not afraid of a backlash for Joanne as she just ended her last relationship not long ago, Yuwu expressed, "That's life. Don't tell me you need to be alone for three to five years before it is considered normal or okay to date again? Sometimes it just happens."

In Peh's previous interview with 8 Days confirming her breakup with actor-DJ Tonelli, she cited communication issues as being the main reason why the two had split - and it seems that she has since found that connection with Qi.

"We talk about family, trust, our relationship, her problems and my problems. It's a bit deep but we don't care about the frivolous stuff," said Qi.

"We can talk about everything - the good and the bad. I don't think a lot of people have this high level connection and exchange."

Yuwu also revealed that he had met Joanne's parents and is planning to introduce her to his parents when they arrive in Singapore in April.

According to the magazine, the stars went on their first date in the Botanical Gardens where they - like any other shy and nervous couple - went through the agony of the "should we or should we not hold hands" experience.

 Joanna and Yuwu have known each other for ten years and have collaborated in seven Mediacorp dramas, which include "The Little Nyonya" and "Beautiful Connection". However, the couple only began dating after their recent collaboration in "C.L.I.F. 2".