Joel Chan Forfeits TVB Career for Wealthy Heiress
Joel Chan’s (陳山聰)flamboyant relationship with Macau casino, Stanley Ho’s (何鴻燊) daughter, Florinda Ho (何超雲), may have angered TVB. Joel took long vacation requests from work, spending all his time with Florinda. TVB executive, Virginia Lok (樂易玲) blasted Joel, “As everyone knows, he is not interested in working!”
Rumors abounded that TVB has “frozen” Joel’s acting opportunities for an indefinite amount of time. The 35-year-old even forfeited his first marriage for Florinda Ho. He took multiple vacation requests from TVB, citing “family issues” and the wish to start his own business. He has not filmed with TVB for 6 months.
Meanwhile, Joel frequently flaunted the travel photos he took with Florinda. This added to the public perception that he wished to lead a “soft life,” prioritized personal pleasures over his career.
In reaction to Ms. Lok’s criticism that he lacked interest in work, Joel wrote on his Weibo blog, “I wonder whether a high level executive is selling herself or selling the products beneath her?” Joel’s message was widely regarded as an angry attack towards Ms. Lok!
Joel Chan Ousted from Ms. Lok’s Favor?
Regarding Joel’s cryptic message, Ms. Lok indicated that she did not understand what he intended to say. Ms. Lok said that Joel will not be appearing in TVB dramas for a period of time. “Joel has already taken a leave of absence. He notified TVB that he will not be acting for now. He hopes to start a business. I do not find it to be a problem, as he does not owe any show appearances.”
A telling sign of which artists were favored by Ms. Lok was the guests she invited to her annual birthday party. At her 53rd birthday celebration yesterday, Joel was noticeably absent. Many TVB artists crowded the celebration, including Samantha Ko (高海寧), Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣), Pierre Ngo (敖嘉年), Rebecca Zhu (朱晨麗), Ruco Chan (陳展鵬), Candy Cheung (張慧雯), Koni Lui (呂慧儀), Nancy Wu (胡定欣), Eric Tsang, (曾志偉), Mr. and Mrs. Michael Miu (苗僑偉), Wilson Chin (錢國偉), and Tracy Ip (葉翠翠) even came in crutches!
Joel Chan Has Secret Plans He is Unable to Share
Despite his brazen words online, Joel did not dare criticize Ms. Lok openly. Asked whether his message was directed at Ms. Lok, Joel said, “Why would that be the case? I understand them. I tolerate their concern and care. As a subordinate, I will tolerate and understand. I thank her for taking care of me all these years!” Rather than issuing grateful remarks, Joel’s message may be full of hidden meaning and sarcasm!
As to the direction of his career, Joel said, “I have regular work, which involves my personal interests. However, I cannot reveal the details.” Asked whether his contract with TVB is already over, Joel said that he could not offer any comment. However, he said that he has a good relationship with the company.
Florinda Ho Dispels “Soft Rice” Rumors
Florinda Ho appeared at a retail store promotional event with Joel Chan. Dying her hair platinum blonde, the 23-year-old heiress wore a Gucci ring on her finger, which was rumored to be an engagement ring from Joel.
With the latest round of her wedding rumors with Joel dominating tabloids, Florinda laughed that they were young and that marriage can wait. She attempted to explain the origins of her Gucci ring, “While dating, we try to complement each other in our accessories choice! It is not time to get engaged yet!”
Florinda also denied that her father, Stanley Ho, gave Joel money to establish an apparel manufacturing business. The lovers maintained independent financial management of their assets. Joel said that he did not have any intention to start a fashion business at this point.
Source: Oriental Daily via ihktv.com
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Jayne: Joel allegedly only acted at TVB for interest and not money, as he was born in a wealthy family. However, his interest in acting was obviously replaced by his interest in Florinda. Presumably, Florinda does not have a job either, so he may need to quit his job in order to spend more time with her.
Joel has been blasted for leaving his ex-wife for Florinda. His friends, Christine Ng and Sharon Chan, also criticized that he abandoned their friendship after dating Florinda. Joel was criticized for leaving his “old circle” in order to date her.
How much should a person change in order to date someone of greater social status?