Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - A showbusiness marriage that’s lasted the distance

A showbusiness marriage that’s lasted the distance

A showbusiness marriage that’s lasted the distance


Two years into their marriage, singer Sapoun Midada and movie star Souer Sotheara have avoided all the typical showbiz relationship pitfalls – in fact, the couple are considered to be a model of marital bliss.

Sapoun Midada, 32, said he fell in love with Souer Sotheara long before his entertainment career took off. Lacking the courage to tell her how he felt, he pined away in silence for over two years.

But after he became a singer, he felt confident enough to reveal his love, phoning her up on Valentine’s Day. In return, Souer Sotheara gave a decidedly non rom-com response: she asked for 229 pink roses with a red one in the middle. Quite a hard ask, for Valentine’s Day.

“I wanted to test him, to find out whether he could do it or not,” she said. “I was pretty sure he wouldn’t be able to, but he did. I was so excited, and felt interested in him.”

Sapoun Midada acknowledged that “The first test my wife gave me was difficult,” but added “I never gave up. I can do anything for love.”

Unluckily for Sapoun Midada, however, the gauntlet did not end there – his courtship was a seemingly never-ending series of tests.

“One day, she asked me that what kind of flower women love the most. I tried to find the answer, and decided that every woman loves Pkar Sla in their lives. Then she asked me to find it for her,” he said.

But after the string of errands, the big day finally arrived. The pair got married in a three-day ceremony in mid-November 2009, with most of the Cambodian celebrity scene in attendance. Gossip mags and star-watchers originally gave the couple a grim prognosis – it was assumed that their high profile lives would add too much stress to the marriage.

But the couple maintains that paparazzi can’t damage their bond.

“Every magazine in the media working together could not affect our relationship, because we know each other so deeply,” said Souer Sotheara.

The couple agreed that the most memorable moment in their marriage is when they found out that Souer Sotheara was pregnant, which triggered a similar trial to her original Valentine’s Day challenge.

“When my wife was pregnant, she really wanted to eat dwarf guava,” said Sapoun Midada. “But at the time we were performing in France, and it was really hard to find that kind of fruit. I had no idea where to look.”

The husband turned France upside down, until eventually finding a fruit that was similar in shape and taste. It wasn’t quite a dwarf guava, but it did the trick.

“When my wife gave me a smile, I was very happy. I knew that being pregnant is not easy.”

Now they have a nine month old daughter, Sapoun Dara Pemean. The couple said that they hope she is the first of many.


  • Professor beaten by mob in Phnom Penh after alleged hit-and-run

    Updated with new information: 6:44am, Tuesday March 13 2018 A university professor accused of a hit-and-run has been transported to Vietnam with serious head injuries after he was brutally beaten by a mob in Phnom Penh late Sunday afternoon. A video of the attack shows a group

  • American ‘fugitive’ arrested in Cambodia outside of US Embassy

    An American citizen was arrested on request by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, according to Cambodian police. Major General Uk Hei Sela, chief of investigations at the Department of Immigration, identified the man as American Jan Sterling Hagen, and said he was

  • One Australian, one Cambodian killed in explosion at military base

    Updated: 5:20pm, Friday 16 March 2018 An Australian tourist and a Cambodian soldier were killed in an explosion on Thursday afternoon at an army base in Cambodia’s Kampong Speu province. The Australian, whom the government initially identified as a technical demining expert in his 40s, and

  • Australians protest Asean summit visit by PM Hun Sen

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Friday to protest against Cambodian strongman Hun Sen, who claimed to have been gifted millions of dollars by the Australian government ahead of a special Asean summit this weekend. An estimated 300 protesters, the majority of