Benjamin Yuen (袁偉豪), 41, is striving for a fresh start as he finally has the opportunity to pursue his dream to become a singer. He released his latest single “Road Warrior” <馬路英雄>, which he self-composed and recorded on October 20 last year.
Benjamin candidly shared that he wanted to become a singer when he was young, but “at that time, I was still naïve and ignorant and only just entered the industry. It was obvious that I wasn’t ready at all.”
Despite putting his singing dreams aside to work as an actor for the last 15 years, Benjamin is still grateful for the hard times before he participated in the 2007 Mr. Hong Kong contest. “While I did feel lost, I am happy that I had opportunities to meet with so many talented musicians. I learned a lot from them, and I would not be the person I am today without their help.”
Criticized Heavily After Marriage
Tying the knot with Bowie Cheung (張寶兒) in 2020, Benjamin was nicknamed the “rich heiress’ consort” as Bowie hailed from a wealthy family. Her father is successful businessman Cheung Wong Wong (張煌煌), who owns a large undergarment company and possesses real estate assets valuing HK$300 million.
Confronted by reports that Benjamin pursued Bowie because of her wealth, the actor said it would be a lie to say the negativity did not affect his emotions. Refusing to remain silent on criticisms, Benjamin fought back with netizens fiercely on their hateful comments.
“It caused a greater emotional toll because of the pandemic. Since I spent more time at home, I could not avoid reading the comments and feeling fired up at how careless people behave online. Work was also stressful too, because hard work does not always get rewarded,” he said.
Regardless, Benjamin self-reflected and considers the past three years as a life lesson. From now on, he will work hard to prove to everyone that he can raise a family and is not the “soft rice king” that everyone has been calling him.
“Road Warrior” by Benjamin Yuen
This article is written by Minna for JayneStars.com