Since the outbreak of Cecilia Cheung (張栢芝) and Nicholas Tse’s (謝霆鋒) divorce crisis, the public has been shocked. Cecilia faced allegations that she was greedy for money, domineering, unreasonably provoking arguments, and threatening her husband with her two sons, Lucas and Quintus. Due to her concern for her sons, Cecilia remained silent despite the accusations. However, Cecilia could no longer tolerate her husband, Nic. After 24-days of silence, Cecilia finally stepped out to reveal her husband’s “true colors!”
Cecilia claimed that Nic fed the paparazzi the inside scoop regarding their marriage crisis, building a negative image for her and pushing their marriage to its current state. During the interview, Cecilia blasted that there was no longer a need for Nic to pretend to be “a good man, good husband, or good father!” Perhaps it was apparent that Cecilia and Nic’s marriage has reached a foregone conclusion, without any room for remedy. Regarded as a golden couple by the public, Cecilia and Nic’s fairytale marriage will quickly become history.
Accompanied by her younger brother, Ronnie Cheung (張豪龍), and her manager on a work assignment in Germany, Cecilia accepted an interview with Orientaldaily via a long-distance telephone call yesterday. Cecilia indicated that she wished to break her former silence to clear recent false rumors. As to whether she and Nic will divorce, Cecilia noted that the matter will be decided later. Currently, Cecilia was interested in only revealing the facts.
On May 30th, radio host, Eileen Cha (查小欣), who was also Nic’s mother, Deborah’s Dik’s (狄波拉) good friend, revealed that Cecilia and Nic were in a marriage crisis. Eileen criticized Cecilia in “planning to suck dry Nic’s $500 million (HKD) net worth.” Eileen revealed that Cecilia and Nic frequently argued. Since Cecilia and Deborah’s in-law relationship was unstable, the public speculated that Deborah fed Eileen the inside gossip, pushing Cecilia to rock-bottom levels. However, Cecilia overturned the rumors and stated that Nic was the person who truly leaked the gossip!
Reporter: Why do you think Nicholas Tse leaked the inside scoop?
Cecilia (in a calm tone): I have been married to Nic for 5 years and knew him from 18-years-old to 31-years-old. How would I not know what kind of person he is?! He often pretends to be cool; you can see him frequently wearing sunglasses. I once asked him why he always wears sunglasses. He said that when he wore sunglasses, no one would be able to tell whether he was telling the truth or lying. We should really applaud him for winning the Hong Kong Film Award Best Actor Award!
Reporter: Aside from knowing Nic for 13 years, being married to him for 5 years, and possessing a good understanding of him, are there any real reasons why you assert that Nicholas leaked the inside scoop [regarding your marriage situation]?
From her initial calm tone, Cecilia grew a little agitated. Cecilia said: Many things are only known between Nic and myself, in which a third party would not have known. Normally, Nic does not have a good relationship with his mother, Deborah. When Nic received the HKFA Best Actor Award and did not thank Deborah onstage, she complained to Eileen Cha on the second day. Since then, Deborah has not been in contact with us and has not been to our house. Deborah did not know the rent amount I paid when I moved to Parkview Towers. How come Eileen Cha was able to reveal this on her radio program? It was obvious as to who revealed the inside scoop. I can only feel contempt towards [Nic in] ‘borrowing a knife to commit murder’ and not assisting while two women [Deborah and Cecilia] were besieged. Why not come forward to say things directly instead of being so sneaky?
Cannot Find Nicholas Tse for Several Months
Reporter: It has been a over a month since Eileen Cha revealed the marriage crisis on her radio program. Since then, numerous negative rumors circulated. Why did you not come forth to explain?
Cecilia noted in a helpless tone: I tolerated [the allegations] due to the family. I did not want my sons to grow up in a broken and single-parent family. However, [Nic] is heartless! Up until last night before my flight, he continued to feed the media the inside scoop. I could no longer tolerate it any longer! I felt it was time to come forth to talk!
Reporter: Have you been in contact with Nic?
Cecilia minced her words: I have not been able to find him over the last few months. Prior to boarding my flight, I used a restricted number [which did not show up in Caller ID] to call Nic’s cousin (who was also Nic’s personal assistant). I told him that if his boss continued to feed tips to the paparazzi, I cannot tolerate it any longer! Many things are only known between Nic and I. Since he was acting this way, I can only reveal his true self and tell others what type of person Nicholas Tse truly was. There was no need to pretend to be a good man and a good father!
“He Rarely Pays Attention to the Children”
Reporter: In your mind, how is Nic as a father?
Cecilia: He rarely pays attention to our two sons. He pretends that the children are transparent and did not pay attention to them. He wanted me to have children to bind me. He doesn’t even like children!
Reporter: When you told Nic’s cousin that you can no longer tolerate the situation and intend to unmask Nic, how did Nic react?
Cecilia said in an upset tone: Next to the phone, Nic said, ‘Go ahead and talk [expletive] about me! I laid it out for so long and made your image plummet. Let’s see who they will believe!”
Reporter: Did this statement make you unable to withstand the situation any longer?
Cecilia said angrily: Yes! Due to this statement, I decided not to remain silent and tolerate the situation quietly. I had to come forth to talk!
“He Does Not Want Me to Split the Assets”
Reporter: Why did Nic have to attack you?
Cecilia: He did not want me to split the assets. He made my image as money-hungry. However, this was far from the truth. I don’t need to rely on him! As for money, I will spend more money if I had more and spend less money if I had less. It’s not as if I did not have money now. It’s okay if I did not work in the entertainment industry either!
Reporter: The situation has advanced to this stage; did you decide on divorce already?
Cecilia said helplessly: I suffered in silence for so long because of the family and my two sons. As to whether we divorce or not, we will decide later. At this moment, I just want to reveal the true face of Nicholas Tse.
Jayne: Cecilia admitted that she has been trying to contact Nic for the last month without success. He never answered her calls until last night. Cecilia likely harbored some hope that their marriage may be salvaged if she had remained silent since May 30th. However, after hearing Nic’s allegedly heated taunt over the phone, she grew angry and hopes of reconcilation crashed.
Cecilia sounds extremely angry in the interview, yet she did not take the opportunity to deny the worst allegations such as trying to control her husband through financial control, transfer of property ownership titles to her name, threatening Nic with their two sons, or making former suicide threats. Did such actions in fact occur? She seemed very hurt by the recent rumors and her statements were mainly revolved on why she thinks Nicholas Tse may have betrayed her.
From this interview, Cecilia revealed that Nic asked her to have children to “bind” her. Having children should be a mutual decision. At the same time, I understand that becoming a parent means less freedom and as young children are very dependent on adult care, it can feel very binding and parents can resent that. Perhaps Nic did try to ignore his children at home and Cecilia felt resentment that she cared for the children more. They are both normal defensive mechanisms for new parents in dealing with additional responsibilities and less freedom compared to the days before the kids.
Since May 30th, Cecilia and Nic have not been in contact with each other. Through past news reports that Nic loves to play video games and hide in his hotel room in Malaysia and not come out despite filming breaks in “The Viral Factor,” he appears to like to avoid confrontations and did not want talk about problems. The typical male reaction is to withdraw in tense marital situations. On the other hand, Cecilia is more confrontational and was likely desperate to talk to Nic, uncertain as to what was running through his mind. Cecilia’s initial desperation may have turned to her current anger, where she was finally willing to let go of the marriage.
The couple’s communication has been broken since a month ago. They even appear to talk to each other only through the press, such as Cecilia’s angry interview and Nic’s public statement thanking her for her sacrifices over the last 5 years.