I’ve never seen actors taking their day job as seriously as HK celebs. How serious? It’s never just a job to them, they always make it their existence. Many times I don’t even doubt they can’t tell living apart fr acting coz their life’s is an act and life is imitating art, imitating life… They remind me constantly of all the wuxia (or mafia) cults and their ethics, you live, breathe, preach it like a religion and be loyal to your craft/wuxia/gang till your last breath, your last drop of blood leaves your earthly body.
What trigger this musing is Cecilia Cheung and Nic Tse’s RL falling out and the dissolution of their marriage. IT can’t be better timed for the maximum level of interest. With these RL celebs dramas, one every other months, p0rning all things written, rehearsed, designed for make belief on screen. No wonder, HKers do not care for sustenance in our own once glorious TVdramas and movies.
Am I shocked? No, of coz. Is shock a feeling we still have inside us HKers?! That is nuked after these couple years of constant bombardment of these ‘scandals’ breaking out unbelievably juicier (and sadder) as it goes. BUT I can’t say I’m not wishing this is not ALL true (but my gut is telling me damn! it is 😦 ), hoping the best for everybody’s sake and trying to hinge on all the better bits about the human condition. There are two very young babyboys involved at the eye of the storm.
The calm before the storm was the sensational Best Actor win of Nic at the 30th HKFA in mid April. He’s 30 yo, and with the Chinese saying, Man is established at 30 and his family has been royalties in HK showbiz, this is a crowd pleasing win, not even mentioning the fairytale of badboy transformation into a loving doting son/hubby/daddy. Cecilia was rumored to be preggie with their 3rd child in <5 years, holding hands, crying her moving tears at his accomplishment. Around the same time in April, many articles popped up in finance magazines, outing him as the Founder/ CEO of a major post production company, taking up 50%+ of the market share in HK and greater China entertainment industry. His net worth on that company alone is in the billions. Time can’t be better and we all cheer and party along with the Tses, our Hong Kong MongKok-ish Will and Kate x Brangelina.
CC is back to work (HORRAYYYY!), 6 movies are signed on dotted lines, each paying her 8 figure HKD. And she’s currently working on 影子愛人 with KSW, we can expect tears, with the acclaimed Stanley Kwan producing.
After a bumpy no show for a day or two, she’s all smiles and professional looking on set:
All I can say, what a vivacious, terrific, promising young actress. If we don’t care about race and ethnicity, she is my vote for the TaylorBurton movie.
Less than a month later, an odd incident of Cecilia bumping into Edison on a plane and she buddied him up, exchanging contact info, taking pics for all to see. I’m weirdrf out. IF they have not been in touch since the lewd pics scandal, I can’t see the need to be that excited to go do this all in broad daylight in front of the whole plane of passengers. IF things have cooled down and they’ve warmed up and are friends, his phone # is easily a phone call away or less. Plus she denied the incident, EdisonChen then publicly confirmed it…why the SHOW coz this alone is going to be headlines of the tabloids for wks and as dirty laundry goes, this tops the stinky. BIZARRE.
And she spent her bday with Lucus in TW with her gfs. Nic stayed on set in Malaysia. If u r hopping on a plane again, for your bday, it shouldn’t be anywhere but Malaysia. Things are not going where I’m wishing!!
At that point, which is like a wk ago, I bet all gossipy HKers (ie 99% of the population) sensed sth MAJOR is up. This is no little rain storm, but the Typhoon of the Year. Not just a divorce, nonono, you don’t go to this extreme end of exposure unless the players want a show of hands reminiscent the climax of King of Gamblers.
A lady gossip guru/radio host, bff of Cecilia MIL, aired out the programme. Things have been rocky, CC has been after all Nic’s property ownership and stocks of his company and $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, when she asks for the house Nic bought Daddy Patrick Tse, that’s the last straw and Nic is as reluctant as heartbroken and have thoughts of ending things. The Edison rendez vous is NOT helping matters.
CC missed her presscon for her new movie with KSW, she’s officially unwell and dealing with personal matters.
Now this will always be he says, she says, but when it’s MIL thro BFF says…it’s ARGH! The properties are still under Nic’s names, all of them. And really it’s tasteless of radio hostess, and MIL. Although they put up the show of happy big royal family, no one is buying MIL is sooo loving CC like her own daughter, but decorum! and this is cheap and low brow. And it’s so beyond amusing Pat Tse is standing firmly behind CC and yanking at the radio hostess for airing shiz she knows nth of. No matter what, I still sickly crush you, dirty pervie hot granny you, Pat!
Theories and logical deduction of the netizen ensue and MAN did they read their KinDaichi!
First they dug out a Tianya gossip thread of a girl outing her Top Chinese Uni educated bff as the Beijing mistress of a top HK popstar, who is touted as a family man, loving father and hubby and no scandals of late at all. The fun in these threads is always the guessing game, names of Jacky Cheung, Eason Chan are mentioned. But now Nic Tse is added to the list of suspects.
I choose to believe the theory Nic Tse and fam want to kick CC out of the curb now Nic’s image is all cleaned up and the cash is flowing back in. Nic signed a slave contract with EMI at 16 because Patrick was in financial ruins, paying off Dad’s debt. His acceptance speech at HKFA was exceptionally sensational because they have a palpable, crashing dysfunctional dad-son relationship all these years. I can’t believe Patrick is a good dad but he’s kept the lie going all these years. Every year, Nic and his babysister will be dolled up and be the pawns of the happy royal showbiz fam, doing New Yr greetings without fail. Pat and Deborah never passes up an opportunity to cash in on their children. They try to clean it all up these years, but it’s hard for me to believe old habits don’t die hard.
So CC is along with the act and staged that Edison chumming up to give a legitimate excuse for our GoodGuyNic to divorce his wifey of 5 years after boring him 2 (or 3) children and keep the $$$ strictly with the Tses. I’m not buying any of this, this is the woman you picked, Nic, you knew of everything and you do the exact same 2, 3timing things at least with Wong Faye at some point of ur relationship with CC, with or without home vids/pics. You GREW up with Edison and are homies. YOU of all peeps, know these 2 very very very well, you dig your own grave and you have to live in it. Don’t humor me you are splitting with your babies’ mama just coz she took some selca with THAT dude, all clothed and for their 100+planemates to witness and those XXX lewd pics of them, you have no prob with and you are over and above them then. I believed things having been going rosy for them for a while and they have been putting up a great PR act all along since that 2008 Edison fiasco. I’m not faulting Nic, nor anybody else, but don’t play victim, own it up as a man.
IF this really deteriorates to divorce territory, this will be one UGLY LONG battle the lawyers are already hallelujahing and making space in their bank faults.
This is a day to day RL drama, Jun6th will be the rumored official divorcing announcement fr Nic. I’m actually not that interested in every detailed happening, I can understand both parties, where they are fr, and marriage is hard as is for regular folks. I’m just still a bit surprised they put up such a great great act I’ve fallen head over heels for in the fantasy all these years. HKers r watching along hawkeyed, afterall, this is their Days of Our Lives.
I’m numb after blurting this all out, all I care about is the babies. So do whatever you have to, grownups, to ensure them growing up well and adjusted to this crazy crazy life under limelight, I’m begging.