Splashed over press headlines as main lead of the “On Sum cheating scandal” back in April of 2019, former TVB actress and Miss Hong Kong runner-up Jacqueline Wong (黃心穎) described her emotional roller coaster and how the support of her close friends and family helped her pull through the dark period!
Explains Why She Did Not Apologize Rightaway
As she had received wind that news of her scandal will hit the streets very soon before the actual news broke, Jacqueline admitted that the wait was more torturous as it was like a “ticking time bomb”, and ironically she felt more at peace after the scandal broke, though she had to face a different wave of emotions.
Sharing that she had suicidal thoughts back then, Jacqueline recalls, “Many friends immediately rushed over to keep an eye on me, but I was in a really bad emotional state,” Explaining why she did not apologize publicly at the outset, she explained, “I asked the company if we needed a press meet for (my apology), but the company had concerns that the (situation) might get out of hand with many demanding answers, so they were against it,” Jacqueline added that she had the impulse to head downstairs to face the reporters and apologize but was promptly stopped by her friends, describing it as “a terrible ten over days” before she left for the States.
As the youngest of four daughters, Jacqueline’s parents gave her a lot of freedom, and her father was even the one to encourage her to return to Hong Kong take part in the pageant. Following the scandal, her family, including her dad and sister Scarlett Wong (黃心美) were understandably bombarded with questions from the press. Asked if her family bore any grudges, Jacqueline teared up and said, “No! When everyone saw (the state) that I was in, and if they still begrudged me, I’d have lost it,” Racked with remorse, Jacqueline is especially sorry towards her family, who had to deal with reporters who camped at their apartment lobbies, and having their work affected by it.
After the episode, Jacqueline stayed in the States for over 8 months. “Ten days after the incident, I left HK without getting to see my dad, he didn’t bring the matter up, when I went to the States on my own, they felt that I could handle my emotions better, and sent messages to me individually,” Jacqueline’s dad called her up and told her to think carefully of the consequences before she did anything, and “to not be stubborn again”. Later, she decided to return to Hong Kong when her third sister had a child. “My family were overjoyed to have me back, so it felt really heartwarming to return,”
Two months after she tied the knot in October, Jacqueline’s father passed away from illness. She regrets not spending enough time with him, “I spent time with my dad after I got back, but felt I could’ve spent even more (time with him), maybe these are so-called life’s regrets,” Fulfilling his wish of entrusting his daughter to someone who loves her before he left, Jacqueline’s father’s wish was simply that she can live a happy life.