Shirley Yeung Battles Depression and Ailing Acting Career
Since the birth of her daughter Krystal in March, Shirley Yeung (楊思琦) quickly lost the baby weight in order to return to TVB and earn “milk” money. After battling postpartum depression and facing a myriad of negative press, the 34-year old former Miss Hong Kong is struggling to find a balance between being a single working mother while taking care of her parents and baby Krystal. Shirley reportedly had to increase the dosage of her anti-depressant medications and dropped another 20 pounds, causing her to look extremely thin recently and raising concerns over her health.
Shirley denied reports of having postpartum depression when approached by reporters. Her response shocked reporters because she kept repeating herself 6 times. “I don’t have depression, don’t have depression, don’t have depression! I clarified it many times already. I don’t have depression and I’m not taking any medication! I don’t have depression, don’t have depression, don’t have depression!”
Loses Favor With TVB
Although Shirley ascended to leading TVB fadan shortly after winning the Miss Hong Kong crown in 2001, TVB executives were not thrilled with how Shirley handled her public breakup with Gregory Lee (李泳豪) and tumultuous relationship with Andy Ng (吳帥) last year. For the first time in 11 years, Shirley is not featured in the 2013 TVB calendar as she is no longer favored by the company.
It is reported that Shirley is losing out on family friendly commercials and spokesperson opportunities to new mother, Sonija Kwok (郭羡妮), who has since freed herself from her previous vixen image since giving birth. The Comeback Claim <翻叮一族> from 2 years ago was the last TVB series that Shirley starred in. Shirley has no choice but to seek hosting gigs in mainland China.
An insider claims, “Shirley chose to be a single working mother, so of course it’s difficult! Shirley is very ambitious and she doesn’t want people to see her fail. On the surface, she’s smiling and acting like her baby is all she needs, but in reality, she has the added stress of work and taking care of her daughter all alone. Her depression hasn’t gotten any better. She frequently locks herself up at home and doesn’t go out. When her friends asked why she has anger management issues and lost so much weight, she admitted that she is seeing a doctor and already increased the dosage for her anti-depressant medication.”
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