Nicky Wu (吳奇隆) regrets losing his chance to start a romantic relationship with Vivian Hsu (徐若瑄). At the time, Nicky has to help his dad to pay back a loan.
Nicky and Vivian began their entertainment careers around the same time more than two decades ago. The two became close friends and developed feelings toward each other. Unfortunately, both had extremely busy schedules in their early careers. The “love story” ended before it could begin.
Fast forward to present day, and Nicky is viewed as an experienced character actor. Many have forgotten that two decades ago, he was still a teen idol. Everywhere he went, Nicky was followed by masses of fans.
In 1988, 18-year-old Nicky was discovered by a talent agent. Together with Alec Su (蘇有朋), and Julian Chen (陳志朋), they formed the Little Tigers Team (小虎隊). Stardom quickly followed. Out of the three, Nicky worked the hardest, as his schedule was always filled. He had close to no time for leisure.
Nicky Had to Repay Father’s Debts
The reason why Nicky worked so hard was due to his father’s collapsing business, which resulted in him taking out huge loans. The entire family rallied together to try to pay back all the loans. As to how much was owed, Nicky had no idea until his manager decided to confront Nicky’s father and was shocked at the amount. After consulting with a lawyer, Nicky’s manager recommended bankruptcy, but Nicky’s father refused, saying that all the people who helped him by lending him the money would suffer. His father said he would try to return the money until his last breath.
The Wu family became very upset at Nicky’s father’s decision. Rather than admit he was a businessman who ran into financial trouble, Nicky’sfather still tried to keep the business operating through cash borrowing. This led to even a larger amount of debt owed. When asked to file for bankruptcy to end the problem, Nicky’s father refused, which put an immense burden on the entire Wu family.
Nicky understood that his father wanted to handle the situation like a man and do what is responsible. Although the Wu family was upset, they still helped out.
Aware of Nicky’s family issues, his manager tried hard to help Nicky find jobs. The other members of Little Tigers Team were younger than Nicky, and were required to handle schoolwork at the same time. Nicky had to adjust his schedule match his team members’ schedules. He rode on the success of Little Tigers Team to help out his solo career.
In the early to mid 1990s, during the golden years of the Hong Kong television and movie industries, Nicky was hard at work learning Cantonese. For a while, he flew back and forth between Hong Kong and Taiwan to work on music, TV dramas, and movies. At the prime of the Little Tigers Team, Nicky was hard at work trying to bring money home. He kept just enough for his basic needs and sent the rest to his father. He managed to pay off his dad’s loans in a few years.
Vivian Hsu: So Close, Yet So Far Away…
Because he was always preoccupied with work, Nicky lost a lot of things in his life, including a youth that was spent working while carrying a family burden. In their earlier days, Nicky and Vivian Hsu both had feelings towards each other, but failed to develop further due to their busy schedules.
Many years later, when asked about Nicky, Vivian always answered that those years were the most innocent time of her life. Likewise, when asked about Vivian, Nicky expressed feelings of regret of an unrealized romance.
This article is written by Lance for JayneStars.com.
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