Since last year, Ali Lee (李佳芯) has been linked with rich businessman Mark Chan (陳恩德). In October, Ali and Mark were seen meeting at a hotel for two hours and she left in his seven seater van. Yesterday, tabloids once again published Ali and Mark’s photos together and claimed they have been secretly dating for a year. Strongly denying the rumors, Ali said she has only met Mark for “business reasons” and there is no future development for anything else.
Even before Ali split up with her ex-boyfriend Danny Chan (陳炳銓) in 2020, she allegedly knew Mark had feelings for her and they developed an ambiguous relationship. Aside from endorsing Mark’s company products, Ali had asked Mark to invest $350,000 Hong Kong dollars in her short film.
Mark’s Hot Pursuit
From the start, Mark’s admiration for Ali has been clear from the start, and put in efforts to win her heart. He especially ordered a birthday cake with the Chinese character “heart” written in the same manner as the cover of her book. He also gifted a custom-made a diamond brooch for her with the same word.
In the disclosed photos yesterday, there was a photo of Ali and Mark in the backyard of his Beacon Hill luxury home. There was artificial snow swirling around the pair, and the environment looked very romantic. In another photo said to be taken by Mark, a makeup-less Ali was happily eating a roasted goose leg.
Ali Said “There is No Future Development”
As rumors grew in their intensity, Ali clarified on Instagram that she is not dating Mark.
“I was introduced to Mr. Chan in mid-August 2020 by a colleague. Mr. Chan had planned to work with different artistes to promote a line of products, and we were discussing a diet coffee at the time. The first time I met him and his staff was at his Causeway Bay office. After a few meetings, we were not able to come to a consensus so we had stopped discussions.
“Afterwards, Mr. Chan invited me to take part in an animal-related project. I had learned at the time that he was also working with many other artistes. Unfortunately, my cat had just passed away so we did not move further with the plan.
“Afterwards, he invited me again to take part in his charity concert. However, the plan was put on hold after discussions with my company and the fact that I did not feel confident in my singing.
“During this time, I did meet with Mr. Chan at restaurants and at his office to discuss the aforementioned projects, but we did not meet for personal reasons. At the end of 2021, we reconnected by phone to discuss a possible investment in my short film. In October, we met at a hotel restaurant to discuss the details, but we did not meet again in order to avoid misunderstandings after the rumors arose.
“From 2020 until now, Mr. Chan and I have only met for business purposes. I want to clarify that we have never developed any relationship, and there will be no opportunity for that in the future either,” Ali said firmly.
Mark Remains Hopeful
Stating that he and Ali are good friends, Mark does not want to respond to questions related to his love life. However, he admitted to gifting Ali a brooch because he wanted to support her. In response to the roasted goose date pictures, he clarified that they were just eating dinner as friends.
Revealing that he is currently single, Mark said, “She is a really good person. I do hope there is a chance for us to develop our relationship, but I don’t want to say too much because I want to protect Ali.” He shared that he is currently looking into how the photos were leaked.
In response to Ali’s statement, Mark helplessly said, “Her personality is as hard as iron! She probably has a lot of burdens as an artiste but I don’t have any.”
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.