13 years of marriage
Jeremy was voted Cleo’s Most Eligible Bachelor. How did you meet and what attracted you to each other when you were both single?
Jeremy: We first met each other when I had to swing by Jamie’s house to deliver a prize that she had won on-air. It was a radio contest called, On-air, On-line and On-site, where the winner of the night show had to be presented with the prize by the DJ.
I reached Jamie’s house and she was very hospitable and offered me a can of soda and some tissues as I was perspiring.
From there, we spoke the weekend after. I called her again and we met for the first time officially, for our first date in Orchard.
Every relationship has its ups and downs – tell us about one of the most challenging moments of your relationship and how you managed to overcome it.
JR: Just months before the birth, we discovered that our first-born had developed a cyst in her brain. This broke our hearts, because if the cyst is tested to be permanent, it would be fatal to our child.
It was a very trying time for the both of us. We went for a second opinion and to our surprise, the gynaecologist then was very encouraging and said, that this occurs all the time during pregnancy and almost always nothing happens to the child. However, there was a slight chance that the cyst would result in Edwards Syndrome.
True enough, we received a letter two weeks later and after an amniocentesis test, the hospital confirmed that cyst test results were negative. It felt like our prayers have been answered.
How does having four children change the nature of your relationship?
JR: Having four beautiful children has increased our love for each other and even more importantly, the ability to impart knowledge to each of them.
Ironically, it was a little more hectic with one child, because with four children, each child can help the other out. This leaves us enough time for other tasks such as preparing them for school, plan outings and even embark on staycations.
How do you keep the romance alive, with your busy jobs and children to take care of?
JR: We are very fortunate as almost every month, my wife and I would attend events such as gala premieres and complimentary dining experiences. It is a great reason to leave the kids with their grandparents (who love them just the same) before we “escape” for a couple of hours.
Jeremy, you’re a DJ so tell us a little about your wedding song, and what you love about love songs!
JR: Our wedding song was Michael Buble’s The Way You Look Tonight. For the march in, it was one of my songs from my debut album, I Love You. One other song that we consider our song is Daniel Bedingfield’s If You’re Not The One. Love songs are timeless, and to a certain extent, you could listen to a love song over and over again and not feel tired.
From Kool and The Gang’s Cherish to Perfect by Ed Shereen – these are the songs that will withstand the test of time and you cannot really go wrong with them – especially in our region where the tendency to swing towards ballads is high.
How has marriage changed the both of you individually as well as a couple?
JR: Marriage has not changed us at all! Right from the beginning of the relationship, we knew exactly what we wanted. Having four kids is a blessing and sharing our love with them is always special.
If you could dish out a piece of advice to newlyweds-to-be, what would it be?
JR: Enjoy the bond you share and build on it – this is so you can better face potential challenges as a couple.
And yes, always remember to say “thank you”, and respect each other.
But I guess the ultimate advice is to always remember how the both of you met for the very first time, and to think about reliving that moment.