Kathy and ex-boyfriend, Ken Hung, had given each other a one-year cooling period before ending their 11-year relationship.
Al Cappuccino <反黑路人甲> saw Kathy Yuen’s (湯怡) popularity rise and renewed the public’s interest in her past. In the industry for 14 years, Kathy’s longest relationship was with singer Ken Hung (洪卓立). When the pair broke up in 2018, many felt it was regretful that their 11-year relationship did not come to fruition. Reflecting on her split with Ken, Kathy admitted that there were serious issues at stake for them to decide going separate ways.
Personality Limited Her Career Chances
In 2006, Kathy took part in the variety show Beautiful Cooking <美女廚房>, which earned her the nickname of Gigi Lai (黎姿) lookalike. Emperor Entertainment Group had plans to groom her into a singer and she even tried test-singing Stephy Tang’s (鄧麗欣) “100 Watt” <電燈膽>, but the company decided against releasing the song as she did not meet their expectations.
While making quite a few film appearances in her early 20s, Kathy’s introverted personality limited her own development and led her to consider changing careers many times. “I didn’t know how to fight for my own chances, and had limited income for the first seven years. I once had zero income for half a year, and set a timeline for myself to switch tracks when I reach 25.” However, each time Kathy wanted to give up, she would be approached with a new acting role, which made her eventually “fall in love with acting.”
Separating Was the Best Outcome for Both
Aside from her film appearances, Kathy received the most media attention when her 11-year relationship ended with Ken Hung, who was her first love. Her puppy crush in high school did not even lead to any hand-holding, and it was through Ken that Kathy experienced all her firsts in a relationship. “Ken gave the impression that he was someone who was even more shy than me, but he was also very thoughtful. I recall how he approached me to shoot a publicity film for his album, and went to buy medicine when I was running a high fever.”
Contrary to public opinion, EEG did not interfere in the couple’s relationship. Rather, they gave themselves a year to decide if they should continue with their relationship, “Being together for so many years, there was surely something wrong in our communications. Because I reached the age of 30 which is not young anymore for most women, I started thinking about the future and our careers. Separating to pursue our respective careers might be better for both our growth.” Deciding a breakup was inevitable, Kathy said, “No one knows what the future would hold. At least separating would be better for ourselves and our families–we did not want to continue wasting time.”
Remaining friends after their breakup, Kathy is grateful to Ken for protecting her several times. She feels sorry towards her friends, Carlos Chan (陳家樂) and Gavin So, whom she was linked with in tabloids. “I would laugh when I see the reports–they don’t hurt me, but I would say sorry to them as I don’t want to involve any other parties in our relationship.”
Single for two years, Kathy admits that she has pursuers, but she is clear about her priority at the moment. Family comes before her career, while romance is the least of her concerns.
This article is written by JoyceK for JayneStars.com.