The broadcast of Heart and Greed <溏心風暴3> has brought the public’s interest back on Michael Tong (唐文龍), including his love life too.
In a recent radio interview, the Heart and Greed actor was asked to talk about his former relationships, which he rarely did in the past. The insanely private 48-year-old actor then broke the silence on the reason behind breaking up with Cherie Chan (陳少霞), an ex-TVB actress who is perhaps best known for her role as Yue Lingshan in TVB’s 1996 adaptation of The Smiling, Proud Wanderer <笑傲江湖>.
“Although I ultimately decided to go back to Hong Kong, we barely saw each other,” said Michael, who took a chance in Taiwan after his career in TVB failed to take off. “She was very busy. We were also very young, and we argued a lot. Sometimes our personalities clashed.”
Michael and Cherie started dating soon after Michael made his debut in the industry, and their relationship lasted for six years. Michael and Cherie never revealed why they broke up, and it isn’t a surprise to see why they didn’t.
“There was definitely a reason that made us realize that we weren’t for each other,” said Michael. “You can call me superstitious, but it all happened before our eyes. For example, whenever we were together, her parents’ health would deteriorate, and my career would continuously go downhill. You can say I’m superstitious and all, but no matter what, that was the reason why we broke up.”
Michael also talked about another ex-girlfriend—a flight attendant he dated for seven years before breaking up in 2006. Michael explained that he broke up with her because he didn’t want to get in the way of her future.
“I didn’t want to waste her time. She was only 32, and I was almost 40. I wanted to develop my career in Beijing, and I couldn’t see a future in us. Also, I was not in the best place economically, and she’s just going to struggle with me. That’s why I decided to break it up. I don’t think I was wrong. I was being honest.”
Michael says he has no regrets in life, and would still choose to focus on his career if given a second chance. However, he does feel that he owes a debt to his ex-girlfriend. “If there is a next life, I am willing to spend all my life to repay her.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.