“I

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - THE BAZAAR MAN -

love to play dress up. I es­pe­cially like photo shoots when the styling team gets cre­ative and al­lows me to play a cer­tain role. I have the high­est re­gard for mag­a­zines that are truly imag­i­na­tive and pro­vides an orig­i­nal in­sight on how they per­ceive a cer­tain per­son­al­ity and trans­late that into a pow­er­ful cover or a fash­ion spread.” And what does he think about be­ing seen as an ob­ject of de­sire by his fans, or the Malaysian public for that mat­ter? He laughed and said, “Flat­tered, of course. I sup­pose I fit into the role. But maybe that is a much bet­ter ques­tion for my wife.”

And with that, the bomb dropped. Bront was mar­ried in 2013 at a pri­vate af­fair with­out any media at­ten­dance. For some­one who could re­ally get any woman he wants, Bront de­cided to marry his long-time girl­friend and col­lab­o­ra­tor, whom he calls “my fiercest critic.” “She hates the lime­light. We don’t re­ally like to dis­cuss the topic of our mar­riage to the media, but some­how, what­ever I am writ­ing about, there’s al­ways an un­der­ly­ing thread, which is some­thing about her or about our re­la­tion­ship. It’s a good bal­ance she pro­vides me with and it works from more than one an­gle – like a blurred bound­ary. I am a very happy mar­ried man. Had I known it would be like this, I would have taken her hand a lot ear­lier.”

Kolumpo, 2013, an an­thol­ogy film con­sist­ing of three mul­ti­lin­gual short sto­ries about the re­al­ity of ur­ban life and the kaleidoscope of sur­pris­ing hu­man con­nec­tions, was co-pro­duced by Bront’s wife and saw Bront as a co-pro­ducer, co-writer, and co-di­rec­tor. Re­leased to crit­i­cal ac­claim, it went on to re­ceive nu­mer­ous awards both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. “But it didn’t do very well in the box of­fice. All of us in­volved with the film took pride in the knowl­edge that we are of­fer­ing the gen­eral public a movie that could be per­ceived as dif­fer­ent from the usual run-of-the-mill theme.”

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