With strong credentials in almost every aspects in the entertainment industry, Eric Tsang (曾志偉) is a well-respected father figure for many artists in the showbiz. Even Eric’s 60th birthday bash at Disneyland – which aired on TVB Jade last week – was attended by over 600 friends from the entertainment circle.
But popularity and social reputation came at a cost – Eric’s family was sacrificed.
Living in a Loveless Marriage
Eric has been through two marriages. His first marriage was to Taiwanese actress Wang Mei Hua (王美華), also affectionately known as Mother Po in Taiwan. Pressured by his parents, Eric married Wang when he was only 19-years-old. The young Eric was compelled by the idea of setting down so soon, but Wang agreed to give Eric three years of “bachelor” freedom after their marriage.
Wang revealed that Eric was not with her on their marriage night – the outgoing Eric instead spent three days and nights drinking with his groomsmen and close friends. Due to Eric’s hectic work schedule and sociable nature, Wang and Eric rarely spent time together, causing their marriage to finally end in divorce three years later. Wang brought their eldest daughter, Bowie Tsang (曾寶儀), back to Taiwan, while their younger daughter immigrated to Canada.
Eric’s second marriage was to Sung Lai Wah (宋麗華), who had two sons with Eric before they registered for marriage in 1989. In the early 1990s, Sung and her two sons immigrated to Toronto, Canada. Eric, however, was unwilling to give up his career and chose to stay in Hong Kong. Although the couple has not separated, they have been living in a long-distance relationship for the past 20 years.
According to Hong Kong’s 3 Weekly, Eric’s daughter Bowie admitted that she never truly experienced fatherly love. “Now, when I want to see my father, I have to book a time,” she sighed.
Bowie moved to Taiwan with her grandparents when she a toddler. Missing her father, Bowie would send hand-written letters to her father every year; some letters even went over three pages in length. Preoccupied with his business and social circle, Eric did not have the time to reply, but Eric ultimately sent Bowie two words, “Miss You.”
Eric’s eldest son, Derek Tsang (曾國祥), also said, “We have never been really close. His social life always came before his family.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.