Why TV’s Jen Su is in love with SA

By admin
18 January 2010

JENNIFER SU’s social life is one party animals would give their eyeteeth for - and the American-born Chinese socialite and host of The Hollywood Report on 5FM loves every minute of it. She has been moving in celeb circles since she started living in the limelight at the age of 18.

She jets around the world presenting and working as an anchor for international news stations. Yet despite being in front of the cameras so often the 32-year-old star is quite private. She hasn’t shown her home to the media - until now.

Jennifer gave YOU an exclusive tour of her three-bedroom home in upmarket Dainfern Golf Estate in Fourways, Johannesburg. The first thing we see is a mezuzah - parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah - on the door, indicating this is a Jewish household.

Her voice is melodious as she launches into the Hebrew blessing for wine. Then with a little laugh she explains she was born to a Buddhist dad and a Catholic mom and converted to Judaism eight years ago before marrying her American businessman husband, Del Levin.

Her boys, Sammy (8) and Michael (5), are her pride and joy. Their pictures are all over the Tuscan-style house the family moved into when they arrived from Hong Kong two and a half years ago.

Jen, as she insists we call her, confesses she cried nonstop for two weeks when she heard she had to move here because of Del’s work commitments. “But now I’ve done a complete 360 degrees and love South Africa so much I don’t want to leave.”

In fact she has thrown herself wholeheartedly into our entertainment industry. She teamed up with Loyiso Bala and rapper JR and collaborated with them on her new single, Rise Up South Africa. The song debuted at the SA Style Awards recently and was a great success. “Hopefully it will lead to a full album next year,” Jen says.

“People think I spend my days going to parties but I’m a working mom who’s up at 4 am every day. I have responsibilities - helping with homework, extramural activities and running the house.”

There’s clearly no stopping this petite powerhouse.

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