No In­sta­gram ac­count for my 6-month-old son, says ac­tor Fahrin

New Straits Times - - Entertainment - By Syahi­rah Mokhtazar

SO­CIAL me­dia has be­come the ul­ti­mate plat­form for celebrity par­ents to show off their lit­tle bun­dles of joy, so much so that some set up In­sta­gram ac­counts for their off­spring even be­fore they could crawl.

While it is nice for fans to see these kids grow in the spot­light, ac­tor Fahrin Ah­mad, 37, who is fa­ther to 6-month-old Khal­ifa Fahrel, said he pre­ferred to not overly ex­pose his son on so­cial me­dia.

“My son does not have his own In­sta­gram ac­count.

“But I do up­load pho­tos of him once in a while on my In­sta­gram ac­count or my wife’s (Elena Hani) ac­count, so fans can catch a glimpse of him there,” he said in Kuala Lumpur re­cently.

“In the era of so­cial me­dia, ev­ery­thing is archived into a dig­i­tal plat­form.

“When an In­sta­gram pro­file is made pub­lic, peo­ple will leave com­ments, good and bad.

“How will he re­act as an adult if he were read the com­ments?

“Maybe peo­ple are un­aware of that, but that is my point of view.

“When he’s old enough to make his own de­ci­sions, my wife and I will let him set up a so­cial me­dia ac­count and we’ll guide him through it.

“But, then again, this is just my opin­ion.

“Ev­ery­body has his way of rais­ing chil­dren,” said Fahrin, whose last drama was Ker­ana Anisa, along­side Zara Zya on TV3 in Jan­uary.

Fahrin, who is work­ing on a few tele­movies and a drama series sched­uled to air soon, said he was much more se­lec­tive now when ac­cept­ing job of­fers af­ter the birth of his son.

“As ac­tors, we need to spend long hours on set, some­times 14 to 16 hours a day.

“It is a lit­tle hard now that I have a baby at home.

“Peo­ple tell me, ba­bies go through dras­tic changes be­fore they turn 1, so I wouldn’t want to miss those mo­ments with my son.”

He said he felt blessed that his wife, who has left her cabin crew job to care for their son, sent him pho­tos and up­dates when he was away.


Ac­tor Fahrin Ah­mad with his wife, Elena Hani, and their baby, Khal­ifa Fahrel, in Kuala Lumpur last week.

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