Beautiful and Strong: Single Moms in HK Entertainment
Single mother Elaine Ng‘s (吳綺莉) struggles in raising 18-year-old daughter, Etta Ng (吳卓林), have been heartbreaking. Fortunately, there are many single mothers in the Hong Kong entertainment industry whose stories are more uplifting. They inspire women that a divorce or an absentee partner only makes them stronger, and anything is possible when there is love for their children.
After her high profile split with Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li (李澤楷), Isabella Leong (梁洛施) remains a beautiful young mother who balances her time between work and raising her three sons. Even when it was recently revealed that her ex-lover is now dating 25-year-old Miss Hong Kong 2nd runner-up, Karman Kwok (郭嘉文), the news does not faze her much.
Not only does Isabella maintain a luxurious lifestyle even after her divorce, but she is frequently seen having dinner and going out with other men while in France and Canada.
With her marriage and divorce as one of the most high profile in Hong Kong entertainment industry, it is no surprise that Cecilia Cheung (張柏芝) is considered to be one of the strongest single moms. Laden with a rocky film career due to her diva-like attitude and poor work ethics after her split with Nicholas Tse (謝霆鋒) in 2012, Cecilia ultimately decided to devote most of her time for her two sons instead. Relocating to Singapore, Cecilia maintains an active social life while appearing regularly on Mainland Chinese variety shows.
Although Nicholas has rekindled his relationship with ex-girlfriend Faye Wong (王菲), Cecilia still maintains a civil relationship with Nicholas for her children’s sake. While Cecilia was rumored to have dated several men after Nicholas, she still has not found her Mr. Right yet.
Known for her beauty despite being 52 years old, many recall Candy Law’s (羅霖) divorce from businessman Roger Lau (劉坤銘) in 2013. Initially deciding to retire after her wedding in 1996 and subsequently giving birth to three lovely children, many thought she lived every woman’s dream of being a wealthy housewife.
Unfortunately, her husband became abusive and their relationship ended in a messy divorce where she proudly announced that she did not want a single cent in alimony after going separate ways. Instead of taking her ex-husband’s money, Candy began working again and released her own pictorial. While she is in her 50s, Candy’s body is better than many 20-somethings. She maintains an active social life outside of work and was spotted dating men much younger than herself.
Vivian Lai (黎瑞恩) was a popular singer in the 1990s. Divorcing her husband after discovering his affair with a Mainland Chinese woman in 2014, Vivian was also diagnosed with two inoperable tumors in her pancreas. Vivian underwent intensive therapy after her divorce, as she fell into depression not understanding why her husband had cheated in their 10-year marriage. Best friend, Winnie Lau (劉小慧), also helped Vivian get back on her feet.
Vivian resumed her singing career after her eldest daughter gave her some words of encouragement. Releasing an album and making a comeback in the music industry, Vivian said divorce is not always necessarily a bad idea.
Marrying theater actor and director, Desmond Tang (鄧偉傑), Leila Tong (唐寧) is now a mother of two children. The couple filed for divorce in 2017, but did not explain why. Having spent the majority of her time developing her career in Mainland China after leaving TVB, Leila scaled back her work after splitting with her husband. She opted to spend more time volunteering at charity events and organizations.
Once a prominent TVB actress, Shirley Yeung’s (楊思琦) acting career met a major setback when she was involved in a messy breakup with actor Gregory Lee (李永豪). It was later unveiled that Shirley had cheated in their eight-year relationship and got pregnant. The father of her daughter was swimmer, Andy Ng (吳帥), whom she dated for only three months and broke up with after discovering he was financially in debt.
While there were outpours of negative criticism over her relationship issues even after her daughter was born, Shirley never voiced her regret and continues to work hard to earn money for her family. Stating that her daughter was the greatest gift God gave her, Shirley strives to give the very best for her little girl.
Seven years after her scandal, Shirley is slowly earning back praise for being a strong mom with hardworking ethics. After leaving TVB, Shirley juggles her time between working in Mainland China and Hong Kong. Able to maintain a steady income, Shirley is the proud owner of several properties in Hong Kong while supporting her own family.
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.