Last Tuesday, on June 28th, Shirley Yeung (楊思琦) suddenly announced breaking-up from boyfriend of nine-years, Gregory Lee (李泳豪), at a promotional event. Shirley indicated that the pair broke up several months and stated, “There is no distinction of right and wrong in love.” Shirley noted that the break-up was a mutual decision. Allegedly, Shirley broke-up with Gregory due to falling for her wealthy high school classmate, Andy Ng. In addition, Shirley may be two months pregnant with Andy’s child, thus there was no turning back.
In an exclusive interview with East Magazine, Gregory revealed that after Shirley announced the break-up at the press conference, she sent a text message to notify him. As a result, it was difficult for Gregory to accept reality. Discussing Shirley’s goodbye message, Gregory started crying uncontrollably. Although Shirley had a new love interest and was pregnant, Gregory was still deeply in love with her. “If she is pregnant, I am willing to marry her and raise her baby!”
After meeting on the set of TVB series, Blade Heart <血薦軒轅> in 2002, Shirley and Gregory dated for nine years. During their relationship, Gregory was looked down upon by the outside world, while Shirley was frozen several times by TVB. Although many people thought Shirley and Gregory would grow old together, it was shocking that she suddenly broke off ties with Gregory.
Broke-up Without Any Early Signs
On the day of announcing the break-up, Shirley wore a sexy tube-dress to the event. Indicating that Shirley and Gregory’s family were aware of the break-up, she refused to disclose the reasons for the split. Busy filming The King Boxer <拳王>, Gregory was startled by Shirley’s break-up announcement. Gregory said, “I do not know why she said that! Several days ago, we spoke on the phone and we were still boyfriend and girlfriend status.”
In fact, during Gregory’s birthday last month, Shirley attended the celebration. Future father-in-law, Lee Ka Ding (李家鼎), also attended. The pair openly hugged and admitted that wedding bells were close. It was shocking that Shirley ended a nine-year relationship with a single announcement.
Last week, Shirley’s new boyfriend, Andy Ng, sent a text message to Gregory, “Thank you for taking care of Shirley for so many years. In the future, I will treat her very well, love and care for her. I hope that you will wish us grow old together in happiness.”
In the interview with East Magazine, Gregory said, “I really do not know what is happening. I feel very helpless. I am afraid someone is influencing Shirley’s decision. I want to help her. I want to make her stay [with me]. However, she did not answer my calls or respond to my messages.”
Allegedly, Shirley admitted to Gregory, “In a moment of weakness, I had a baby with another man two months ago.” However, Gregory still refused to give up, “If she is truly pregnant and is willing to return to my side, I will accept her! Who has not made mistakes? I truly love this woman. I am willing to forgive her. Perhaps this incident was a test. If we were to pass this test, perhaps we can continue to be together!”
Excerpt from East Magazine #410
Jayne: It has been a week since Shirley’s public announcement of breaking up with Gregory. In this East Magazine interview, Gregory said that he only received text message from Shirley after her public announcement, implying there were no other earlier conversations regarding the break-up. This seems to be a different account of Gregory’s previous admission that Shirley told him she was pregnant and asked to break-up days prior to June 28th, the day of the public announcement.
Perhaps it is East Magazine’s sensational reporting style, but Gregory sounded in deep denial in this interview. In this interview, he claimed to be willing to raise Shirley’s baby and willing to marry her. However, in Ming Pao’s interview several days ago, his answer was, “I don’t know” when asked if he was willing to take Shirley back, an answer which seems more rational and perhaps closer to what most men would do in Gregory’s position.
I think it is time for Gregory to accept that Shirley is not coming back to his side. I hope he continues to find support in his family, friends, and fans. Life will not fall apart without romantic love, but the first step is to accept the situation as is and not continue to live in an imaginary world.
At first, I agreed with Gregory’s interpretation that Shirley was only together with Andy because of accidentally conceiving a baby together. Her agreement to marry Gregory only last month was the most misleading. However, based on her recent appearances before the press, she seems happy with her choice. If she indeed loved Gregory, there is always the choice to not hold onto this baby if it were “conceived in error.” The choices that Shirley made thus far convinced me that although she may have loved both men and indecisive for possibly a year, her heart is with Andy now.