International superstar, Jackie Chan (成龍), was a workaholic in his professional acting career. Known throughout every corner of the world, Jackie forged his incredible success at the expense of his family. For many years, Jackie only saw his wife, Joan Lin (林鳳嬌), and son, Jaycee Chan (房祖名), once a year. At one point in time, Jackie did not even trust his own wife, claiming he had been betrayed by too many women in the past!
Joan Lin Willing to Be an “Invisible” Wife?
Born in an extremely poor family, Joan quit school at 12 years old to support her family. As a child laborer, she had worked on a farm under strenuous work conditions. In her teenage years, she worked as a dancer at a nightclub. Due to her beauty, Joan starred in her first Taiwanese movie when she was only 19 years old. Joan’s acting career spanned a decade in which she starred in 70 films.
In 1982, Joan became pregnant with Jackie’s son. Retiring from acting, Joan nursed her pregnancy in the United States. Jackie did not spend time with the pregnant Joan until several days before their son, Jaycee Chan, was born. At the time, Joan and Jackie were still not married yet.
Joan asked Jackie, “My son is about to be born. On the birth certificate, I do not know what to write as the father’s name.” Jackie replied, “Then put down Chan Kong Sung [Jackie’s real name].” It was at that moment that Jackie agreed to get married with Joan, much to her delight.
No Time For Family
In his youth, Jaycee did not get to see Jackie often due to his busy work schedule. Jaycee revealed that at one point in time, he only saw Jackie 6 times in 6 years! Furthermore, Jackie was often romantically linked to numerous actresses, due to his warm demeanor.
Ironically, it was Jackie’s extra-marital affair with actress, Elaine Ng (吳綺莉), in 1999 that brought him closer to his wife and son. After the scandal, Jackie flew to the United States ready to sign divorce papers with Joan Lin, who was extremely disheartened.
Joan and Jackie worked out their marital differences, in which their marriage took a better turn. Joan successfully won Jackie’s trust after his scandal with Elaine Ng. Joan said, “He (Jackie Chan) said I was too good. He said that he never treated me well in all these years. He was always wary and did not trust me. Always fooled by women in the past, he said that he lacked trust in women. He thought I was the same type of woman not to be trusted. It was not until the scandal that made him realize who treated him the best.”
Recently, Jackie celebrated Joan’s birthday in a high-profile manner with Jaycee. It was apparent that the family’s relationship has improved in recent years. Jaycee distanced himself from Jackie’s frequent rumors, stating, “It is best that adult problems not be left for us to deal with! I learned from my father to never allow myself to get too tired, making sure to enjoy life happily. In the past, I only saw him 6 times in 6 years. He worked too hard!”
Hong Kong tabloids reported that Jaycee frequented nightclubs and dated many hot girlfriends, including being linked to Fiona Sit (薛凱琪) and a Japanese model recently. However, Jaycee denied the rumors, maintaining that he has been single since 2006.
Sources: Ming Pao, 21CN.com
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Jayne: Why work so hard if there is no time to be spent with family? Many people work long hours for their loved ones, yet ironically, they never have enough time for them. Jackie was rumored with many women in his early marriage with Joan Lin, including Bridgette Lin and Teresa Teng.
As for Jackie’s claim that he has been fooled by many women in the past, he’s learned to not put in real emotions while with them?