而羅志祥與母親的好感情令人稱羨，不論出國工作、放假遊玩皆會帶著母親同行，也經常能在社群上望見逗趣合影，悄然印證百善孝為先之德。對此，羅志祥笑答這是自 iPhone 4 開始所養成的一個習慣，「我常跟很多的年輕人聊，現在的科技很方便，手機可以隨時隨地拍照，但你的相簿裡有多少是跟家人的合照？」如今手機相簿裡充斥著羅媽媽與寵物 Yuki，殷切捕捉當下的歡愉時刻，張張流露的真摯情感更顯動人。
身處白雲蒼狗的世代，如何遊走於變與不變的平衡木——回歸初衷，答案或許便能了然於心，亦如日新月異的時尚圈，對羅志祥而言，最經典的 Icon 非「木村拓哉」莫屬，「一直不變，永遠的神，不管誰再出現，他就是無法超越。因為經歷他當紅的時候，所接觸的事物一直到現在都沒有退流行，我覺得很酷，帶領了我們很多。」
前陣子甫結束高雄跟美國大西洋城巡迴演唱會，尤其高雄開場時的跌倒事件，讓羅志祥意外發現自己的忍痛能耐很強，笑說右腳脛骨連撞兩次，依舊控制表情、持續表演的毅力，如今憶起仍不可思議。關於來日的巡迴計畫，實則藏了巧思與寄望於台北演唱會周邊 T-shirt 之中，「T-shirt 後面放了很多演唱會的地點，我寫了一句話『Only In Dreams.』，原本是做一個好玩的效果，可是裡面有幾個真的實現了，也覺得蠻開心。」
Devoting to charity by giving back to his hometown, Show Lo and his philanthropic efforts become a testament to the saying, action speaks louder than words. “Once you hit rock bottom, the only way to go is up.” His light-hearted but earnest words speak to the feelings hidden deep in his heart. As he stayed dormant amidst the chaos and waited for the right opportunity to come into the light, the time of rebirth has finally arrived.
Two years ago, Lo sponsored World Vision Hualien to open up a bakery to help single mothers who are victims of domestic violence. It provided them an opportunity to become self-sufficient financially and improve the emotional interaction within families. This year, as the ambassador of organic products for Gaeavilla Resort, he revisits Hualien to show support for local farmers despite the long commute. From visiting his grandma, practicing golf, to attending weddings, his constant trips to Hualien always make him feel at ease. It is as if fate had led him back to his hometown, where all the good things happened, after everything that had occurred. Lo also points out that every single charity event was unforgettable to him. “Despite all the different causes, each comes with a story that is heartfelt and in need of encouragement. It felt like the efforts I put in are significant and worthwhile.” Known for having a close relationship with his mother, Lo often takes her on business trips and vacations abroad and documents them with funny pictures and videos on his social media platforms. Laughing, he says it’s a habit that he developed ever since he got an iPhone 4. “I always ask the younger generation, with the advanced technology we have in hand, how many photos in your album are actually taken with your family?” With his photo album filled with pictures of his mother and his pet, Yuki, Lo continues to capture the joyful moments in life with earnest sincerity, showcasing the touching emotions behind each and every portrait.
/Some Things Never Change
In this era of fast change, how exactly do we find the balance between conversion and stability? Perhaps the answer lies in where it all started. Within the fashion industry, which is known for its ever-changing nature, Takuya Kimura is an icon Lo admires. “He has always been the same, like a god who just can’t be surpassed. I think it’s cool the way he influenced us and how the trends associated with him are still popular.” Nowadays, the formal suit has become a necessity in every man’s closet. While Lo is particularly fond of the moderate, oversized style, he is surprised that he bought a suit for the first time during his trip to Japan. Outside of work, he finds unity to be an important rule he follows and tries to wear the same brand from head to toe during the winter season. Besides trendy clothing, Lo is also enthusiastic about collectibles. “I have been collecting figurines for over 20 years now. And also sneakers, which I’ve been buying since early years. Even till now, whenever I step into the store, the first pair of sneakers that catches my attention is always the same style.” Having experienced the golden era where people lined up for sneakers, he finds the memory hard to forget. In the wake of the pandemic, activities such as camping and taking care of caudex plants slowly gained popularity. Smiling, Lo admits that he was captivated by caudex as well and gradually fell in love with it. From the initial purchase, seeing it grow then wither, to waiting patiently for its next bloom, the cycle of life all magically happening in that tiny pot is a scene that heals the heart.
/A Well-Rounded Celebrity
Lo had just finished his Kaohsiung and Atlantic City tour and the incident where he fell on stage made him realize he had a rather high tolerance for pain. He finds it amazing how he was able to control his expression and continue his performance despite having hit his right tibia twice. In terms of future tours, Lo says the T-shirts sold at the concerts are actually filled with hidden ingenuity and aspirations. “On the back of the shirt you’ll see a lot of different concert locations with the phrase ‘Only In Dreams’ written along with them. It was meant as a joke at first, but I’m happy some of it actually came true.” Meanwhile, in Thailand, a craze for winter melons is on the rise because of Lo’s alter ego, Beauty Lo, and her two popular singles, “Buy Winter Melon” and “What’s Wrong.” With more songs on the way, Lo is actually worried that she will be releasing tracks faster than he does and even jokingly says we might one day see her getting nominated for the Golden Melody Award. Besides music, Lo is also starring in a new reality show, TOP DOG, in which he chose a Brindle stray, Simba, as his partner. At first, Simba was very timid and afraid of humans. In order to let Simba’s guard down, Lo spent three whole days with him. “I wanted to let him know that I will be here for him for three months, so I want him to become familiar with my scent, my body temperature and the way I look at him.” After a few days, even after loosening the leash, Simba still chose to stay by his side. Having overcome all barriers, the heartfelt interaction between the two has never ceased to amaze the people around them and becomes a proof of Lo’s patience and inner tenderness.
With a new year right around the corner, Lo is prepared to let go of his past and welcome the future with an open mind. For him, finding the exit is the only way to not dwell on dilemmas. “Don’t get caught up in your head when something bad happens. The more you dwell on it, the worse you will feel. Set your vision on the road ahead because that is the future you need to face.” On social media, Lo often receives a lot of private messages from people from different backgrounds. From inquiries about cars, their emotions to struggles with mental health, he tries to offer them guidance in the hopes of making some contributions and helping them find faith in life. “There is always a way, it just depends on whether they want to do it or not. But leaving the world should not be the solution. Whether they are struggling with depression or something else, I always try to remind them that, even when it feels like they don’t have any friends, I’m still here for them.” With this in mind, he makes it a daily routine to respond to 20 to 30 messages each day. As for future aspirations, Lo doesn’t really have a wish list he wants to fulfill. “Because once you start making more wishes, the bigger the disappointment. So it’s better not to wish for anything.” No longer confined by conventions, he continues to focus on simple matters and sees the world through a more realistic lens. Like breaking out of a cocoon, Lo now shines with this newfound maturity that brings warmth to the world and the people around him.
COVER STAR | 羅志祥 SHOW LO
PHOTOGRAPHER | PAUL CHEN
EDITOR & STYLIST | ELVA LIU
INTERVIEW & TEXT | COCO YANG
TRANSLATION | Eugenia Yang
HAIR | Cora Ho (by hc group)
MAKEUP | 美少女工作室Prettycool/小魚Huang Kai Yu
OUTFIT | kiton、Stefano Ricci