Kapamilya's "Chinita Princess" shines under the spotlight with her elegant brand of juvenile glamour. She was often seen playing a charming female love interest during her early days but has since moved to more serious roles. All the stardom aside, who is Kim Chiu?
Who is the Chinita Princess? Kim Chiu is a Chinese-Filipina actress, endorser, record artist, and host. She rose to popularity after emerging victorious in the first season of ABS-CBN Network’s reality game show “Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition” (2005). She became a regular on the network shortly after winning the show, appearing in several primetime T.V. series such as “Sana Maulit Muli” (2007), “My Binondo Girl” (2011) and “The Story of Us” (2016). During her earlier years on the network, her stardom was boosted massively by her pairing in T.V. and movies with co-star and ex-boyfriend Gerald Anderson, who was also a finalist in Pinoy Big Brother.
- Name: Kimberly Sue Yap Chiu (more popular as Kim Chiu)
- Age: 29 (April 19, 1990)
- Birthplace: Tacloban City, Philippines
- Ancestry: Chinese-Filipino
- Parents: Louella Yap Chiu and William Chiu
- Marital status: Single
- Height: 165cm (5’ 5”)
- Kim Chiu net worth: $5 million (approx.)
As a recording artist, the star released three albums under Star Records, namely “Gwa Ai Di” (2007), “Chinita Princess” (2015), and “Chinita Princess: Star of Your Love” (2017). The first album sold over 7,500 copies, reaching Gold status awarded by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry. Her most iconic singles include “Crazy Love” and “Mr. Right”, both were hits on local radio after their release.
After being cast in many movies under Star Cinema and playing lead roles in several primetime series, Kim is still one of the network’s leading actresses and maintains a steady fanbase on various social media platforms. The real name of Kim Chiu is Kimberly Sue Yap Chiu.
Kim Chiu family
According to her personal website, Kim Chiu has four other siblings that she was oftentimes estranged from as she grew up. Her parents, Louella and William, separated in 1998, leading to a complicated relationship between the three. On January 4, 2019, Kim shared photos of her father's birthday celebration in an Instagram post, where she can be seen with her other siblings.
“We may be an imperfect family, but still love, acceptance, and forgiveness reigns”, the actress wrote.
Kim Chiu movies and TV shows
During her early days with ABS-CBN, Kim frequently starred as the love interest of actor Gerald Anderson, whose chemistry with the actress was widely admired among fans. The star was considered as the "Princess of Philippine Movies and T.V." by her home network for three years. As such, she has starred in several of Star Cinema’s blockbuster films.
Her most notable work under the studio is the romantic comedy film “Bride for Rent” (2014), where she co-starred with Xian Lim. The film became one of the highest-grossing Filipino films of all time after release, earning over P200 million in just eight days of theatrical run, P328 million total. Other recent works under the same studio include “Etiquette for Mistresses” (2015), “All You Need is Pag-Ibig” (2015) and “The Ghost Bride” (2017).
Kim's early appearances in T.V. started with being a regular performer and host in ABS-CBN's longest-running weekend musical variety show “All-Star Sunday Afternoon Party (ASAP)” (1995). She debuted in her first leading role in romantic comedy drama series “My Girl” (2008), along with her popular on-screen partner Gerald Anderson. In 2009, Kim became a hit among viewers when the actress played the love interest of Jake Cuenca and Gerald Anderson in another primetime series titled “Tayong Dalawa”.
Throughout the years, Kim skyrocketed to bigger fame by consecutively starring as the lead in more primetime T.V. projects such as "My Binondo Girl” (2011), “Ina, Kapatid, Anak” (2012), and “Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin" (2017). Her most recent stint on T.V. will be on another primetime series titled "Love Thy Woman" (2019), where she plays the main protagonist and co-stars alongside Xiam Lim.
Kim Chiu best friend
As seen on their social media accounts, the actress keeps close ties with co-actresses Angelica Panganiban and Bela Padilla. Just earlier this year, the three took their friendship to the next level by getting matching tattoos. Kim, however, revealed on her Instagram that they “may not see each other for most of the time, but we always have each other’s back!!!”, citing their busy filming schedules for their respective projects.
Their friendship blossomed in July 2017. They call their group “AngBeKi”, which is a portmanteau of the first syllables of their names.
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Is there a Kim Chiu husband
The actress is currently not married but is in a long-term relationship with actor and model Xiam Lim. The actress confirmed their relationship in an interview with Boy Abunda on “Tonight with Boy Abunda”. However, in the same interview, she also admitted that they have not considered marriage anytime soon, reasoning that they are putting their careers first and that they are still young.
Kim Chiu age
The actress celebrated her 29th birthday a few months ago. Her boyfriend Xiam Lim honoured her in an Instagram post.
How much is Kim Chiu worth?
Kim has been the star of many major motion pictures produced under Star Cinema and has played lead roles in many primetime romantic series in ABS-CBN. Her massively successful acting career aside, she is also an endorser of many major brands such as Chowking, Unisilver, and Bench. She is also successful in the field of music, having released two Gold status-awarded albums. As such, Kim has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
Till date, Kim Chiu remains to be among the most prominent stars in the Philippines.
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