Joel Chan’s Post Break-Up Life is Not So Glamorous

During their two and a half year relationship, Joel Chan (陳山聰) and Florinda Ho (何超雲) have broken up and reconciled several times, but it appears that a makeup will definitely not happen this time around.

In early May, Joel and Florinda confirmed that they have officially split, in which Florinda hinted that it was a breakup over money. After returning to Hong Kong from London on May 4, Joel stayed out of sight and only left his home at night. Sudden Weekly reported that Joel, who lived a luxurious lifestyle while dating the casino tycoon heiress, has now resorted to living in a tiny 400 feet flat in Richland Gardens. Gone were the days when Joel would leave his 10-room mansion with a sweet racecar ride and return home in a limo. In a matter of weeks, Joel has gone from royalty to peasantry.

After two days and two nights of poaching around the Richland Gardens grounds, paparazzi finally caught Joel exiting his building on Saturday night, May 11. Good friend Derek Kok (郭政鴻) waited for him at the entrance and drove him to Hung Hom, where they ate their late-night dinner. Joel drank and ate for two hours, and in the end, it was Derek who had to fork the bill and drive him home.

While dating Florinda, Joel rode Mercedes-Benz, BMWs, and had the liberty to come in and out of Stanley Ho’s (何鴻燊) manors. Now that the couple have cut ties, Joel has to return to his small 400 feet flat on the 18th floor of the Richland Gardens complex, living with his mother who, as claimed by Sudden Weekly, was now the breadwinner of the family.

Embarrassed with his situation, Joel was afraid that people would recognize him in broad daylight and refused to leave home until after nightfall. A source disclosed, “Joel Chan’s flat faces the entrance of the building, so he will know if there are reporters around. He will only leave the house when he is sure that the reporters are not around.”

It was also known that Joel planned to open a restaurant with Derek, but plans fell through.

Joel is still reportedly recovering from his breakup, but a WhatsApp profile update that he made a few days ago seemed to have hinted that Joel has really moved on. His status read, “To live in the now, learn how to let go.” Reporters also approached Joel via WhatsApp to ask him about his current life situation, but Joel only replied with a cheerful, “Thank you!”

On the other hand, ex-girlfriend Florinda did not seem at all upset at the breakup, and returned to Hong Kong from her London vacation in high spirits. When she met the press, she smiled brightly, but refused to respond to questions regarding Joel.

However, recent rumors say that Joel and Florinda still have a chance to get back together, and that key matchmaker is Derek Kok. A source close to the pair revealed, “It will be hard for Joel to reconcile with Florinda. Before, we used to get Florinda’s friends to help out, but Florinda is not willing to budge anymore. No one dares to mention [the breakup] in front of her, except for Derek Kok. He is, after all, the father of Florinda’s goddaughter. Her has seniority. A few days ago, Derek contacted Florinda and mentioned Joel to her, telling her that it is hard to let go a relationship that lasted for two years, and that Joel has changed. Florinda didn’t have much of a reaction.”

Reporters phoned Derek about the rumor, but Derek kept his lips tight on the matter. He simply replied, “I haven’t seen Joel in a while, so that was why I ate dinner with him that night. I really don’t know anything else. It is their problems, so they should handle it.”

Source: Sudden Weekly #929 via

This article is written by Addy for

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  1. I thought I read from previous reports somewhere that Joel also comes from a well-to-do family. I’m surprised to hear that he is only living in a 400 ft. apartment with his mother. So maybe the reports are false?

    1. He never came from a well-to-do family……..this guy was broke before and just another TVB second tier guy……….he just broke his sugar mama and now back to the dumps.

      1. A clause before bad romance:
        Its never wise to business venture with one’s partner or ex.
        Money can’t but love but extra comfort, none are possible without fiance. A relationship isn’t a going concern like it is in business.

      2. Core-reaction
        butta middle muddle fish fingers keying in & out: Money can’t buy love but extra comfort! Confort or Cornflake breakfast at diffany’s

      3. He comes from a relatively wealthy family from Macau, there were newspaper reports about him (pre-florinda), driving branded cars in Macau while driving a small japanese car in HK.
        But they aren’t excessively wealthy. So it’s not surprising he’s living in a 400 sq ft apartment in Hong Kong, as his family doesn’t even live in HK.

  2. I don’t feel that everything in this report and many others that we read are all accurate.

  3. It is great to hear that not all of Joel’s friend have abandoned him.

  4. so sad that joel has been reduced to this useless bum with no money. the original article even criticized joel’s body figure after the breakup. he once had a good future with tvb which he let go to chase florinda. now i wonder if the so called gyms are really his or only his family business..

  5. Just money, no big deal! Joel, forget her and move on. You can make a lot of money by yourself with your talents. Who knows what will happen in the future?

    1. Exactly, money comes and money goes just as with relationships. It’s not like Joel committed a big crime and there is no turning back. IF TVB takes him back, he can work hard to establish his career again. It is a shame that he left his career to chase her, but it served its purpose and life must go on now… Good luck to Joel.

  6. I thought Joel was silly and immature to let go of his career and bum around with Florinda. I was disappointed to see that he was wasting his talent, and a career that he has built over years. If TVB is willing to have him back, then he needs to show more commitment. I hope he has learnt his lessons and stay more grounded.

  7. I don’t find it wrong to go back to living with parents.
    I don’t know about you guys; but when I get upset over people/rumours/breakups/problems… i always go back ‘home’. It’s comfort! 🙂
    I’d rather stay in the comfort of home with mom/dad than in my house of empty space! 🙂

    1. You are right. When one is down, being around love ones is better than staying alone thinking about all sorts of nonsense.

  8. Any single ladies want to go out on a date with me to Hung Hom?

    We’ll throw eggs at him when he comes out, it’ll be the most romantic thing ever.

    1. Lol! Please do let me know if Florinda replies. She’s single and eligible for this most romantic thing ever. 😀

    1. I think he might be too embarrassed? And with his long time good friends Christine Ng and Sharon Chan ignoring him he feels uncomfortable? It’s probably gonna take a while for him to pull himself together.

      Truly a pity since he has really good potential as an actor.

  9. Joel is pretty well off too though. Of course not as rich as Florinda but he is definitely not poor.

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