I love hearing stories of celebrities spending time with their kids. In this day and age, it’s easy to get lost in work while thinking that it’s to secure the kid’s future without realizing that presence is what the children need more. So the news that Hong Kong actor-singer Hawick Lau sang a duet with his 5-year-old daughter, Noemie, makes me happy.
According to Hong Kong media, Noemi’s school was holding a concert for their 10-year anniversary when the father and daughter pair took the stage to perform their rendition of Toy Story’s theme song “You’ve Got A Friend In Me”. I’m a sucker for father-daughter moments, having been a daddy’s girl growing up. Although not always in tune, Hawick and Noemie’s interactions throughout the song is just so sweet! The kiss at the end made the audience break into applause.
Noemie is the only child of the actor and his ex-wife, Yang Mi. The two got married in Bali, Indonesia in 2014. In the same year, the actress gave birth in Hong Kong to Noemie whom they nicknamed Little Sticky Rice (小糯米). Sadly, the marriage did not work out and the couple announced their divorce December of last year.
Since Noemie lives in Hong Kong, her mom Yang Mi has to make time to visit her daughter. Interest around this family never seemed to wane from then until now. As her parents have ensured that Noemie is kept away from the spotlight despite many attempts by paparazzi, this stage performance makes Noemie’s most public appearance to date. Many noted that she’s as adorable as Yang Mi in her younger days.
Unfortunately, the trending topic also drew intense discussions with criticisms on Yang Mi’s parenting style since the actress lives away from her daughter or accusations that Hawick was using his daughter for publicity.