All eyes are on Gillian Chung (鍾欣桐) and Taiwanese doctor Michael Lai (賴弘國) after the couple announced the end of their 14-month marriage. The public was initially skeptical of their relationship due to the disparity in their incomes. Even though Michael tried hard to accommodate to Gillian’s extravagant lifestyle, it was difficult for him to adjust to her celebrity spending habits.
Keeping Up with Gillian’s Spending
While Michael is a successful cosmetic gynecologist, it is still a far cry from Gillian’s income. In the early days of dating, Michael gave Gillian his credit card but had to rescind his offer after receiving the bill. Michael was shocked to discover how much Gillian could spend. Speaking of this, Michael once teased Gillian, “She really swiped it casually! She really didn’t hold back!”
During the couple’s vacation in Hawaii, Gillian suddenly suggested they get married and to buy a wedding ring. While Michael was overjoyed to hear Gillian’s idea, he was embarrassed when he found out that the ring exceeded his credit card limit. In order to pay for the ring, Michael had to ask his assistant in Taiwan to send him money.
When the couple was planning to get married, Michael wanted a small celebration in Los Angeles. While Michael invited a dozen close family and friends, Gillian invited more than 80 family members and friends. As Gillian didn’t want to use her own money to get married, Michael almost spent all his savings after the couple flew to Maldives for their honeymoon and exclaimed, “How can anyone go bankrupt from getting married!”
Depended on Gillian’s Finances?
When the couple was together, tabloids often painted Michael as a “soft-rice king”, a derogatory term for men who depend on women for monetary support. Michael was insulted and spoke onscreen of his own success, “I can say for certainty that I relied on myself for everything.”
Gillian also showed support of her ex-husband to shut down the gossips and said, “In fact, he didn’t spend my money, but I spent his. Especially before the wedding–I bought plane tickets and presents. It is expensive to host parties, so don’t say my husband eats ‘soft rice’.”
Marriage Challenged by Distance
Due to their work, the couple was often separated and Michael would often fly to Hong Kong to spend time with Gillian. Despite the long distance, the couple had hoped to make the relationship work as Gillian once shared, “Sometimes, he works until the early hours of the morning and flies to Hong Kong just to be with me.”
When the COVID-19 outbreak worsened in February, Michael was not afraid and specifically flew to visit Gillian in Malaysia, where she was filming a web drama. However, Gillian eventually asked Michael for a divorce, as she realized that she doesn’t love him and does not want to waste his time.
This is Michael’s second divorce. Despite his bittersweet marriage with Gillian, he doesn’t bear any hard feelings. The pair signed a prenuptial agreement and maintained separate finances during their marriage, so there in no conflict over financial matters.
This article is written by Sammi for JayneStars.com.