They say maintaining a relationship is one of the most difficult tasks. However, childhood sweethearts, Joe Ma (馬德鐘) and his wife, Karen Cheung (張筱蘭) managed to stay together through thick and thin even after two decades. Because a fortune-teller once told Joe that he would have two marriages in his lifetime, Joe decided to escape that fate by getting remarried to his wife.
Joe and Karen met in school when they were twelve years old, and by fate, it was love at first sight. Joe admitted, “When I first saw her, she was like an angel from heaven. I only saw her and no one else.” They two eventually started a relationship and married after six years of dating. This happened before Joe entered the entertainment circle and since they only relied on his police officer salary, they pair did not hold a wedding ceremony and simply registered for marriage.
Despite having a playboy image, Joe is not an overly romantic man. According to Karen, he proposed on the phone and disregarded the traditional methods of a marriage proposal. “I was in a telephone booth and at that moment, I just knew it was time,” Joe added nonchalantly.
Despite not being highly romantic, he still manages to surprise Karen over their last wedding anniversaries. Joe frequently works overseas and Karen and their son would visit him on set during their special day. Karen would think that Joe did not get her a gift, but in reality, Joe and their son would always have a present secretly planned.
Marriage and Charity
While the duo is preparing for a second wedding, they also want to take the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. The ceremony to commemorate their 20th wedding anniversary will be held on June 28 and on the same day they will hold an auction to raise money for the Alzheimer’s disease research centers. When asked about the connection between the two, Joe said, “The idea of charity and our anniversary have always been on my mind and I’m hoping that our love will help evolve something greater than just the two of us.”
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.