Arrested by Macau police in November 2022, gambling kingspin Alvin Chau (周焯华) was sentenced to 18 years in prison on charges of fraud and illegal gambling, while his ex-lover Mandy Lieu (刘碧丽) was said to have mortgaged their luxury “love nest” to pay off debts. Celebrating her 38th birthday last week, the former model is now based in England, and manages an eco farm rearing cattle, horses and pigs!
Starts Eco Farm Business
Documenting her sustainability journey on her self-titled blog, the former model and actress shares smiling photos of herself with young student visitors to the farm on March 22. Dressed casually with her head pulled back in a ponytail, the photos evoked netizen talk that her recent “aged” appearance is a far cry from her glamorous modelling heydays!
Welcoming a team including the Malaysian High Commissioner to London along with 60 elementary school students on a tour of her eco farm to “inspire the next generation to take action for nature”, Mandy is dressed simply in a windbreaker, black pants and track shoes. While she looks rosy-cheeked and in good spirits, her pulled back ponytail revealed a receding hairline, with netizens commenting that she looks markedly different from her previously glamorous look and almost “like a 50-year-old auntie”.
Timeline of Events
In November 2014, video clips of a married Alvin sitting on Mandy’s thighs while gambling went viral as the two behaved intimately, with Mandy in a plunging black dress which showed off her bosomy assets.
With the extramarital affair exposed, Alvin’s wife Heidi Chan (陈慧玲) asserted her authority, while Mandy, who was pregnant with Alvin’s child returned to Malaysia. After giving birth, she relocated to London, and Alvin continued splitting his time between Hong Kong, Macau and England. In 2015, a photo of Mandy and Alvin made the headlines with their “hand holding of the century” while leaving a restaurant and Heidi admitted to filing from divorce.
However, Alvin managed to salvage their marriage in an about-turn, while Mandy, who birthed 3 daughters and a son for the tycoon, finally made a clean break to the complicated relationship, receiving HKD$300 million as break-up fees in addition to being handed ownership of 5 of the billionaire’s companies in England. Dabbling in writing for a magazine column and making her move into sustainable farming, Mandy shelled out HKD$200 million for over 3.7 million square meters farmland to build “Ewhurst Manor”, with plans to transform it into a world-class farm producing organic foods. The land is said to be worth $300 million in market value.