Above: Accompanied by her mother, Sire Ma speaks about her lesbian love affair.
Sire Ma’s (馬賽) image plummeted after she was caught lying about her lesbian relationship with mainland businesswoman, Wang Ziqi (汪子琦). Sire had criticized the press for fabricating rumors, but a video surfaced showing Sire and Ziqi locked in a passionate kiss together. Asked by TVB to take a hiatus due to the scandal, Sire finally emerged today to speak about her lesbian relationship.
Bursting into tears, Sire admits she had handled the incident poorly, which hurt her family. While she claims to have ended her relationship with Ziqi, Sire denied the motivation was to salvage her negative image. Sire also does not cross out future lesbian relationships as long as it is “true love”.
Sire Apologizes for Lying
Sire’s mother and TVB management executive, Virginia Lok (樂易玲), accompanied Sire in her public appearance before the press today. Sire fielded questions from TVB host, Luisa Maria Leitão (黎芷珊), but did not accept any questions from reporters.
When news first surfaced that Sire was dating lesbian lover, Wang Ziqi, Sire’s first reaction was to deny the relationship. Sire said, “I was very scared and nervous. I didn’t know how to face it, so I used an inappropriate attitude and language to describe this incident. After one month of reflection, my friends also me to think clearly about what I really want. I know I was irrational and that my behavior affected people around me, especially my family and myself.”
Sire said that her relationship with Ziqi has ended, and only wants to focus on her work now. Sire said it was her own choice to end the relationship rather than being driven by negative public perception. She will not think about future relationships for now, but will not turn away “true love” even if it comes in the form of another same-sex relationship. Sire said, “I respect all kinds of true love. I feel that true love does not discriminate against gender, age, or social status.”
Toured Singapore and Vietnam with Ziqi
Although Sire said her relationship with Wang Ziqi is over, news reports surfaced that the lovers traveled to Singapore and Vietnam as recently as last month. As Sire experienced the lowest pit in her career and took a hiatus from TVB at the time, she whiled her time away at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sand’s casino. Sire was a high end roller, sitting at a baccarat table in which the minimum bet was $600,000 HKD, but the lovers did not have much luck in their gambling.
Ziqi reportedly gave Sire a lavish monthly allowance of $200,000 HKD to splurge on. Allegedly, Sire’s mother wanted Ziqi’s $20 million HKD house to be transferred under Sire’s ownership. After Ziqi’s family intervened, Sire and her mother finally stopped pressuring Ziqi.
American-Chinese entrepreneur Laura Lee, who claimed that Sire had stolen Wang Ziqi from her, blasted Sire’s materialistic side. Laura said, “When I broke up with Ziqi, Sire had dated Ziqi for half a month. I know that Sire already took $500,000 HKD. Since it’s already been two months, the amount is likely a seven-figure amount now.”
TVB executive, Virginia Lok, responded to claims that Sire received a $200,000 HKD allowance from Wang Ziqi. Ms. Lok said, “I won’t comment; I don’t know if it’s real or fake. I have already said that I will not mind artists’ private lives. They have freedom. As long as their family accepts it, we can’t do anything about it.”
Although Sire has maintained a low-profile since news about her lesbian relationship surfaced, TVB denies that the former Miss Hong Kong beauty was shelved by the company. Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Sire will make an appearance at the 2013 TVB Anniversary Awards on December 16.
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