Fri, Jul 13, 2012 - Page 11 News List

Pop Stop

Compiled by Catherine Shu  /  Staff reporter

Michelle Chen might be posing for Edison Chen.

Photo: Taipei Times

It’s been four years since Edison Chen (陳冠希) first became embroiled in the sex photo scandal that cost him his career, but the erstwhile pop star and singer just can’t seem to shake off gossip reporters. Or rather, some would argue, the media can’t get rid of him. Pop Stop readers will remember that Chen recently played a part in the breakup of Cecilia Cheung’s (張柏芝) marriage after the former lovers took snapshots of each other on a plane last summer. Cheung had featured prominently (and nakedly) in Chen’s leaked photos and her husband Nicholas Tse (謝霆鋒) was reportedly enraged over her lack of discretion.

The most recent scandal launched when Chen was supposedly caught on a “secret date” with actress Michelle Chen (陳妍希). A photo posted online purported to show the duo on their outing, but the male figure’s face was not visible. Despite the lack of conclusive evidence, Internet discussion boards lit up with speculation. Fans even gave the couple a nickname: “Double Happiness” (雙喜), a saucy nod to the identical second characters in their given names.

Michelle’s supposed love interest, singer Alan Ko (柯有倫), was reportedly heartbroken and vowed to join forces with other entertainers to destroy whatever is left of Edison’s reputation once and for all. But the starlet issued a statement through her manager: “I don’t know Edison Chen and I have never met him.”

Her manager jokingly implored paparazzi “to please not mistake every woman with a ponytail for Michelle” before adding that reading online reports of her supposed secret date with Edison had caused his client to burst into laughter.

Though their divorce became official just two months ago, Cheung and Tse have been beset with rumors that they are already eager for a reunion. Cheung may have helped put the speculation to rest, however, by going out to dinner with rock singer Frankie Gao (高凌風), affectionately known as the “frog prince”(青蛙王子) to his fans. The two were recently spotted sharing a meal on the terrace of a Shanghai restaurant.

Gao also recently divorced after his wife dumped him via a text message. The 62-year-old was the subject of some mockery after it was discovered that he had tried to cover up the separation for months. Cheung has also suffered on the gossip pages recently — she’s been dubbed “box office poison” after her latest movies bombed.

The pair denied that they were on a romantic date, even though they were spotted leaving the restaurant at midnight, arm-in-arm and looking tipsy. It remains to be seen whether Cheung did indeed kiss her frog prince.

Then again, maybe the two just needed to commiserate after their recent woes. “Maybe misery loves company,” commented The Liberty Times (自由時報), our sister newspaper.

Cheung’s fellow Hong Kong celebrity Andy Lau (劉德華), whose wife Carol Chu (朱麗倩) gave birth to their daughter Hanna in May, recently purchased a mansion for his new family. The residence is surrounded by a large garden, which is in turn enclosed by a 10-meter-tall wall and trees with dense foliage. Furthermore, a bodyguard patrols the estate and all visitors must first pass two security checkpoints. This is a vast improvement over the couple’s previous home, where they had to cross parking lane before darting into a side entrance in order to escape the paparazzi.

Hong Kong weekly Oriental Sunday (東方新地) reported that privacy was also foremost on Lau’s mind when he arranged for his daughter’s second-month celebration to be held in Kuala Lampur, with only his Malaysian wife’s family in attendance. According to the article, the two devout Buddhists held a “cradle ceremony” for their baby and prayed for her protection. The couple has already decided to send Hanna to a Malaysian school in order to protect her from the swarms of reporters that constantly surround them in Hong Kong.

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