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No wedding bells yet but an engagement seems likely between Qi and Yuna. Hizreen Kamal finds out more
POPULAR TV host and actor Qi (Qushairi Razali) and award-winning singer-songwriter Yuna (Yunalis Zarai) will have been together for two years now come July. And their fans are eager to see them cement their relationship.
Never mind that they have crazy schedules. It makes it even harder that they have to sometimes be away from each other due to work commitments — with Qi mostly based in Kuala Lumpur and Yuna, 26, in the United States where she is working on material for her upcoming new self-titled album. However, Qi says that they hope to get engaged this year.
And wedding bells? “Not so soon. But it’ll be within the next couple of years,” says Qi.
Qi has always been Yuna’s pillar and is supportive of her work in the music scene.
“I’m putting Yuna’s career ahead of other things. Next month, she is releasing her new album in the US before embarking on some tours. I believe she would like to cover all 50 states. If so, it’d take between six months and a year. She’s making her name abroad and I don’t want her to lose focus. An Internet fan base is good but touring allows her to interact with her fans.”
“So, the last thing I want is to bug her for a commitment. It would be nice to have an engagement sometime this year though, but I cannot really say exactly when as we are both busy with our work commitments,” says Qi.
The 35-year-old is currently promoting the TV9 drama series Friday I’m In Love, in which he plays the lead, Awang, who is looking for true love. It is a romantic comedy airing every Thursday at 8.30pm over TV9. The show made its debut two weeks ago.
Produced by Primeworks and directed by Faizul Abdul Rashid, the 13-episode Friday I’m In Love centres on Awang who keeps falling in love with a different woman every Friday only to fall out of love the following Friday.
“I like the storyline,” says Qi. “It’s simple. Awang is a simple and a straightforward guy. He believes that he has been cursed and if he doesn’t meet his true love before turning 24, he will turn into a hamster.”
Among the cast members of Friday I’m In Love are Nellydia Senrose, Ryzal Jaafar, Aiman Mentor, Zoey Rahman and Bella Dally. There will be special appearances by established artistes such as Fouziah Gous, Puteri Sarah Liyana, Izara Aishah, Nabila Huda and Ayang Hussein.
So, do Qi and Yuna get into silly fights? “I am thankful that we don’t.” Qi says that their relationship is strong. There is not a day that goes by when they do not speak to each other. They make it a point to stay constantly in contact.
“Some people say out of sight, out of mind. To me, she is always on my mind. I make it a point to run any acting roles I get by her... especially when it comes to the romantic ones. I want her to understand and not get worried,” he adds.
“However, what makes it taxing for both of us is the different time zones. Though we normally communicate via Skype, there are times when our work takes us away from our computers and I use the telephone. So my phone bills have been high,” he says with a laugh.
Qi will leave for Argentina in June for two months to record Season 2 of Art Attack.