Gossip rags may have to hire more staff, if Lucas Tse (謝振軒) gets his way. The eldest son of Hong Kong actors Nicholas Tse (謝霆鋒) and Cecilia Cheung (張柏芝) has been calling for their reunion.
But first, a little background. Sometime between 2003 and 2006, Cheung, demonstrating a healthy libido, performed various sexual acts on and for Edison Chen (陳冠希), who obsessively captured her explicit actions for posterity. The photos, 143 in all, were then leaked on the Internet in early 2008, “shocking” Asia’s entertainment industry and causing several public spats between Tse and Cheung, who had married in 2006.
Even though Cheung claimed that none of the photos was taken while she was with Tse, and tried to relegate the photo scandal to the dust bin of history, Tse played up the role of cuckold. The marriage, though rocky, seemed to be working itself out until last year’s airplane incident (機上事件), when Cheung and Chen were “caught” laughing and snapping photos of themselves on a flight from Taiwan to Hong Kong. Bad judgment? Perhaps. But at least they weren’t attempting to become members of the mile-high club.
Fast forward to last weekend when a dinner was held in Hong Kong to hype the moderate success of Dante Lam’s (林超賢) action film The Viral Factor (逆戰), which stars Tse and Jay Chou (周杰倫). When asked by the assembled media about his children, Tse said he had visited them several times over the Lunar New Year holiday and plans to spend as much time with them while in Hong Kong. And it seems that he is now on speaking terms with Cheung, or as a Sina.com article emphasized, his “ex-wife.”
“My ex-wife says that Lucas sheds tears any time he sees me smacked around” on the big screen, Tse said — the same reaction he had when he saw his father, veteran actor Patrick Tse (謝賢), endure similar treatment.
Nicholas Tse confirmed that Lucas has been pressuring him to reconcile with Cheung. “But we don’t talk about it all day,” he said. Besides, he added, “In this day and age, divorce is not really a big deal.” Hmmm, not the most encouraging words in the run-up to Valentine’s Day. So, will Tse reunite with his “ex-wife”? Are dragons real?
The same Sina.com story reported that Jay Chou’s mother has been “volunteering” at his recently opened restaurant; a less than subtle reference to disgraced Taiwanese diplomat Jacqueline Liu (劉姍姍), who was charged last year for overworking and underpaying her employees. Chou said he wasn’t forcing his mother to work there, and that she was glad to help out at the fabulously popular restaurant. He added that his role in The Viral Factor inspired him to open a toy gun store, a business plan that his mother immediately put the kibosh on.
Does The Chairman, as Chou is called, always seek his mother’s advice, even when it comes to girlfriends? You bet. And that’s probably one of the reasons why he’s so successful. He declined to comment on his mother’s feelings towards teenage model Hannah Quinlivan (昆凌), the singer’s rumored squeeze.
Meanwhile, Edison Chen has been leading a healthier lifestyle. The United Daily News reported that over the past four months he went to bed at 10pm and woke up at 5am to train for the Nomad Run, a charity marathon that he completed over the weekend.
The Apple Daily, in an article cynically headlined “Dirty boy tries to wipe slate clean in marathon atonement” (陳冠希跑完42公里馬拉松 淫郎肖想變善男), wrote that the Hong Kong singer-actor finished the 42km race in under four hours, which isn’t bad. He raised NT$3.8 million for the Changing Young Lives Foundation (成長希望基金會), a Hong Kong-based charity organization, and proved that his star power hasn’t waned.