Without his faith holding him together, Dicky Cheung (張衛健) would have broken apart long ago.
The actor held a sharing session at St. Margaret’s Church in Happy Valley, Hong Kong yesterday, speaking to over 100 Catholics about how his faith had helped him in his most difficult times.
“Without my faith, I probably would have been even more uncontrollable than the Monkey King when he wrecked heaven,” he said, referring to his characters in the dramas Journey to the West <西遊記> and even The Duke of Mount Deer <小寶與康熙>. “And could have more complicated relationships than Wei Xiaobao. I could have even been a irresponsible man…”
The 54-year-old actor then recalled the very moment when he received the news that his younger brother, Henry Cheung (張衛彝), had suddenly passed away. He was son vacation in Thailand, and had to take an emergency flight back to Hong Kong. Throughout the flight, he struggled to figure out how to break the news to his 80-year-old mother.
“Should I say Henry died? Henry passed? Then and there, I discovered that despite having written so many scripts in my life, it still took me a very long time to figure out how to say those few words. On the plane, my wife suggested that I should say that Henry has now returned to God’s side. I had decided on that.”
At his mother’s doorstep, as he was prepared to ring the bell, Dicky said he had never felt so anxious in his life. “It’s never happened to be more. I’ve performed at many shows, many live broadcasts, yet I never felt that nervous. It’s because I didn’t know how my mother would react. Would she suddenly just fall down from a stroke?”
But when Dicky told his mother that Henry has already returned to God’s side, his mother looked surprisingly calm. “She was very tranquil and accepted everything I told her very well.”
Married 3 Times
Dicky and his wife, Jess Zhang (張茜), have been married since 2007, but according to Dicky, the couple had actually married three times.
Their first marriage was many years ago. At the time, Dicky didn’t want his marriage to affect his career, so they secretly registered for marriage in Nanjing, China. A few years later, deciding that they should properly get married at a church, they decided on getting married at San Agustin Church in Manila, Philippines, and even invited their close friends from Hong Kong to attend the wedding.
“However, five days before the wedding, the church said because my wife was not Catholic, we could not get married there. They did suggest that we get married in Hong Kong instead, but I’ve already invited so many people over! In the end, the church said we could still hold our wedding, but we would not be provided a priest.”
Years later, still feeling regretful that they never had a proper wedding, a nun suggested them to do it officially in Hong Kong. “Then and there, the five of us—my wife, my mother, the priest, and the nun held our third marriage.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.