Gigi Lai (黎姿) retired from acting after getting married to Patrick Ma (馬廷強) in 2008. She has since focused her time on raising her three daughters and managing her brother Stephen Lai‘s (黎嬰) beauty center business. Managing the business proved to be a stressful challenge for Gigi, who thought about giving up numerous times.
Gigi and Stephen had grown up in poverty when they were young children. Gigi started acting when she was 14 years old to help financially support her family. Stephen became a successful dermatologist and established CosMax Laser Skin Treatment Center, which was the Lai family’s pride. However, a debilitating car accident in 2007 partially damaged his brain and left him paralyzed. Gigi was forced to manage his beauty business in order to ensure its survival.
At the launching of CosMax’s branch store opening yesterday, Gigi was joined by good friends, Monica Chan (陳法蓉), Ekin Cheng (鄭伊健), Max Zhang (張晉), and Priscilla Ku (顧紀筠). Gigi thanked all the friends that had helped her pull through in the difficult times immediately following Stephen’s accident.
After taking over the company, Gigi thought about giving up many times. Often reduced to tears when the pressure was high, Gigi persevered because of her love for her brother. When Gigi spoke about CosMax with Stephen, he often had a positive reaction, which encouraged Gigi to continue the business that her brother loved. Eventually, Gigi grew to love delivering skincare services to clients and improving their self image.
When speaking about Stephen’s recent condition, Gigi was on the verge of tears. “My brother is still wheelchair bound and can’t walk well. He is currently undergoing physical and speech therapy. He also can’t speak too well.” Gigi’s only wish right now is for her brother to be able to stand up again from his wheelchair, and greet the public.
With three beautiful daughters, and a loving husband, Gigi describes her current life as blissful and happy. With her time divided between her family and beauty center business, Gigi firmly declared that she has no plans for acting again. Although Gigi was invited to appear in a filming project, both parties have come to an agreement and understanding about Gigi’s current priorities in focusing on her personal life.
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.