In public, Kim Lim is always sparkling and stylish, with a cluster of Cartier Love and Juste un Clou bracelets on her arm.
Asked if they have a special meaning, she says with a smile: “I usually go out without much jewellery, I just like to stack different bracelets.”
But beyond being accessories, the bracelets are also a cover.
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When she removes them, her wrist is encircled with scars. They are old wounds, each scar a record of her little-known past.
At the lowest point of her life, she says she tried to do “stupid things”, without elaborating further.
It is a past she rarely talks about. She says she decided to open up because many young girls these days battle depression and she hopes they will not take the same self-destructive path.
“The Darkest Period Of My Life”
The 27-year-old heiress is the daughter of Singaporean business magnate Peter Lim. One of Singapore’s most successful stockbrokers, he switched to being a full-time investor in 1996. In the 2018 Forbes list of Singapore’s richest people, he ranked 12th with a net worth of $2.4 billion. His companies and commercial interests include Thomson Medical Group, Valencia CF, footballer Cristiano Ronaldo’s portrait rights and Hotel Football, which is next door to Manchester United’s Old Trafford football stadium.
When she was four years old, her parents parted ways. It was one of the longest divorce cases in Singapore, lasting more than seven years.