With the recent badminton tournaments going on, it’s no surprise people’s passion for the sport has been reignited. That includes Singaporean singer JJ Lin.
JJ (Wayne Lim Junjie, 林俊杰) has been spending time at home and one of his daily activities is apparently badminton. Surprisingly, an innocuous comment by Malaysian badminton player Lee Chong Wei (李宗伟) has led to the two becoming friends!
On 10th October, JJ posted a few photos of him and his dad playing badminton on Instagram. The singer shared that he often plays badminton with his dad on Friday, as per childhood traditions. His post garnered attention from many people, including singer Hong Junyang (洪俊扬) and actor Shaun Chen (陈泓宇).
Shaun, seeing Junyang’s sad emoji in the comments responded with a cheeky, “Bro, look for (JJ) next time. (We’ll) play with (his dad). Lee stepped into the conversation with a sly: “You (defeat) me first before fighting (JJ).” Amidst the many responses, JJ threw out an olive branch. “You teach me to play and I teach you to sing?” he offered jokingly.
Lee didn’t respond publicly in the comments. However, they have apparently been in contact. Yesterday (13th October), JJ shared on his Instagram story that he had received a package. When he opened it, JJ found an autographed badminton bag with one of Dato Lee Chong Wei’s personalised rackets. Talk about friendship goals!
The singer was delighted with the gift and publicly thanked Dato Lee for his generosity. “One step closer to becoming a pro! Lol…” he wrote. Fans were treated to the sight of him taking a few experimental swings with the racket and looking like Christmas came early. “I immediately feel better,” he stated as he posed coolly for the camera.
With the duo being besties now, we wonder if they’ll get together someday to play badminton together. Watching JJ teach Dato Lee how to sing would be a treat as well! One can only hope, we suppose…