Pop Stop kicks off the Year of the Rabbit with wedding bells, family feuds and alleged draft avoidance. But first, Selina Jen (任家萱) of popular girl band S.H.E will receive significant financial compensation after suffering severe burns to more than 50 percent of her body while filming the TV adaptation of the 1994 movie I Have a Date With Spring (我和春天有個約會) in Shanghai last year.
HIM International Music (華研國際音樂), Jen’s record company, made the announcement last week. And though the settlement figure wasn’t revealed, the Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper), along with many of Taiwan’s other media, estimated the amount to be NT$100 million.
HIM said the compensation covers hospital bills, future therapy and financial losses suffered as a result of the accident.
“We are not exactly satisfied, but it is acceptable,” the company said. Since being released from hospital after 89 days of treatment, at least five companies have approached Jen to endorse their products.
Doctors treating the singer said her injuries shouldn’t affect her voice, while her father Jen Ming-ting (任明廷) said she had not been left infertile.
In wedding news, singer and actress Barbie Hsu (徐熙媛, aka Big S) and 29-year-old Chinese restaurateur and multimillionaire Wang Xiaofei (汪小菲) have announced they will wed on March 22 ... for the second time.
Hsu and Wang raised eyebrows last year when they held a surreptitious marriage in Beijing, a month after meeting each other. Gossip hounds concluded that it was a shotgun wedding.
According to the Liberty Times, the couple plan to charter a plane to fly guests to their upcoming nuptials on China’s Hainan Island (海南島). The estimated cost is NT$2.5 million.
And from wedded bliss to relationship woes. Actress and model Tiffany Hsu (許瑋甯) has publicly defended her actor and model boyfriend Ethan Ruan (阮經天).
Veteran readers of Pop Stop will recall that Next magazine exposed Ruan’s sexual preferences in a tell-all interview with a mystery woman named “Joanna.” Hsu, who had been dating the Lothario while the sexual escapades were going on, said she would stick with her man.
Since then, the man-about-town seems to have put his house in order. That is, until last month when Ruan’s neighbor complained that he was keeping the building awake with wild mahjong parties at his luxury flat.
The unidentified neighbor complained that Ruan “talked loudly.” “The walls aren’t soundproof [and] my son couldn’t sleep,” he said.
Hsu, acting the peacemaker, said she would ensure that the volume of future parties would be kept to a minimum.
Ruan’s noise issues are small potatoes in comparison to the ongoing soap opera between singer Angela Chang (張韶涵) and her family.
The feud dates back a few years to when Chang fired her mother, who had been serving as her manager, over alleged financial irregularities. Mama Chang then dropped hints that her daughter was on drugs and under the influence of a friend skilled in the art of witchcraft.
The quarrel heated up last month when an acquaintance of Angela Chang got into a scuffle with other members of the Chang clan, who were attempting to visit their estranged son. Not to be left out of the drama, the singer’s uncle, Chiang Li-le (姜禮樂), contacted several media outlets and accused the starlet of masterminding the incident.