Carol Chu Serving as Andy Lau’s “Invisible” Woman for 24 Years
When it was revealed that Andy Lau (刘德华) had married Carol Chu (朱丽倩)–his girlfriend for more than two decades in 2008–the world grew extremely curious as to who she was and how she had captured Andy’s heart. Carol was willing to serve as Andy’s “invisible” woman, never complaining despite maintaining a long-distance relationship for years. Obviously, Carol possessed patience and understanding, qualities which will make her a wonderful mother to their baby daughter, born on May 9, 2012.
A Gentle Heiress
Born in Penang, Malaysia, Carol Chu had 5 siblings. The Chu family owned a successful seafood restaurant. Aside from the family’s wealth, the Hong Kong media reported that Carol was a quiet millionaire, owning ten luxury homes, which were largely gifts from Andy. Allegedly, during her pregnancy, Andy purchased a new home for Carol last year.
Carol was a traditional and gentle woman. Carol once declared to a friend that a woman belonged to her family; getting married and becoming a mother was her greatest dream.
An insider revealed that Andy Lau loved Carol Chu due to her generous and understanding nature. In the 1990s, Andy was frequently romantically linked with Rosamund Kwan (关之琳), due to their film collaborations. However, Carol never questioned Andy’s loyalty in love. Carol’s trust in Andy was the reason why their relationship flourished over the years, despite Andy’s superstardom status, hectic work schedule, and frequent absence. Carol allegedly did not mind shuffling her schedule while waiting for Andy’s long-distance phone calls at home.
Loving Andy Lau Since 18 Years Old
In 1985, Carol won the second runner-up title in a Malaysian beauty contest, “Miss Trendy” at the age of 18 years old. She carried herself gracefully in the beauty contest, declaring that she possessed strong interest in cooking and often prepared her own meals.
When asked what qualities she looked for in a partner during the interview segment of the beauty contest, Carol said, “I love Andy Lau the most! I will set him as the standard when looking for a boyfriend!”
In 1986, Andy traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a tournament with the Hong Kong Celebrity Soccer Team. At the time, 24-year-old Andy Lau fell in love with 18-year-old Carol Chu after meeting each other through a mutual friend. This was during Andy and ex-girlfriend, Yu Ke Xin’s (喻可欣) temporary split.
In 1988, Carol lived in Hong Kong temporarily. Carol and her younger sister, Chu Lai Wah (朱丽华) studied beauty and skincare techniques under local beautician, Cheng Ming Ming (郑明明). It was understood that Andy had waited for Carol outside Cheng Ming Ming’s beauty school. Ms. Cheng also confirmed that Carol and Andy knew each other at the time. Carol allegedly stayed at Andy’s house while living in Hong Kong.
Over the next several years, Carol Chu’s name continued to be linked to Andy Lau, as the pair’s financial investments became increasingly intertwined. Carol initially responded, “I do not know Andy Lau. I am not his fan. My impression towards him is average.” Later, Andy replied, “She (Carol Chu) is a regular friend that I have in Malaysia.”
Before Carol and Andy’s marriage registration was exposed in 2009, there were other hints that Carol and Andy may have decided long ago to become life-long partners:
1995: It was exposed that Carol and Andy purchased a home in Penang, Malaysia. Carol reportedly worked at Andy’s production company, Teamwork Motion Pictures, Ltd.
2000: Andy Lau opened a travel agency under Carol Chu’s name. Agency staff addressed Carol as “Mrs. Lau.”
2001: Carol Chu attended Andy Lau’s concert in Malaysia. It was discovered that Carol had a little girl by her side; thus rampant rumors of an illegitimate daughter circulated.
2009: Andy and Carol had obtained a marriage registration in the United States in 2008.
Close to a quarter of a century had passed since Carol Chu and Andy Lau fell in love. They will enter a new chapter in life as parents, as they teach their daughter the patience of love–a virtue that made their relationship and marriage flourish.
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Jayne: Can you imagine having a long-distance relationship for 24 years? Calling your boyfriend/ husband for many nights of the year, instead of having him by your side? Carol indeed may have a rare patience few people possess. Hopefully after the birth of their daughter, Andy will lessen his work load and spend more together together with Carol.