Sonija Kwok Denies Marriage is Crumbling

Beauty queen, Sonija Kwok (郭羨妮), once gave praise to the benefits of living a simple life. She commended her action choreographer husband, Zhu Shaojie (朱少杰), for providing her happiness with modesty, and gushed about her one-year-old daughter, Kylie, who has made her feel more beautiful than before. Learning to live a life without worry, Sonija also did not feel any anxiety when her comeback TVB drama, The Day of Days <郭羨妮>, pulled in lackluster ratings earlier this year.

But according to recent claims by the Hong Kong tabloids, Sonija’s romantic life was turning downhill. The former actress was said to be having economic troubles due having an unemployed husband; however, Sonija has since denied these nonsense claims, and clarified through Weibo that she is still as happy as ever.

Husband is Jobless?

A Hong Kong tabloid magazine alleged earlier this week that Sonija’s marriage was in danger due to financial difficulties. Sonija is the major breadwinner for her family and has to entirely provide for her husband, daughter, and her own parents. Although Shaojie was promoted to director, he did not receive any other directing jobs after filming Chinese drama, Feng Huo Jia Ren <烽火佳人>, in late 2012.

Sonija had mentioned before that she did not mind being the main provider for her family, but with the pressure of having to pay for all their living expenses, Sonija’s stress was said to be building up day by day. Aside from the burden on handling her family’s daily needs, Sonija was also said to have difficulty in saving money to pay out the mortgage of her $5.6 million HKD home, which reportedly costs at least $37,000 HKD per month.

Sonija also had to fork out her own money to pay for her hospital bills when she gave birth to Kylie in May 2012. The medical bill was said to have exceeded $16,000 HKD.

As Shaojie has to stay stationed in mainland China to receive job offers, it was said that the Hong Kong-based Sonija hardly had the time to visit Shaojie in the mainland. The long-distance relationship also reportedly took a toll on the couple.

Sonija Clarifies on Weibo

Sonija clarified the tabloid’s misconceptions through her Weibo, writing, “Some garbage tabloid is worried about my marriage… they cheated $5 off of everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve last made a statement, because I am now working as a full-time mother… they are raising waves with no wind.”

The 38-year-old actress further wrote, “To all my concerned friends, my family is doing well. [I also want to] thank the magazine’s concerns. I don’t need to show off my love everyday.”

Sonija ended the message with a new photo of herself, Shaojie, and Kylie smiling at the camera. Numerous celebrities stepped up to support Sonija on Weibo, including Ada Choi (蔡少芬), Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼),Steven Ma (馬浚偉), Raymond Wong (黃浩然), Mimi Lo (羅敏莊), and Lin Xiawei (林夏薇).

Source: Weibo,

This article is written by Addy for

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  1. A beautiful family! Sonjia’s daughter looks very cute in the above photo.

    Best of luck, Sonjia!

  2. love love her. classic beauty and NOT a gold digger.

  3. She just need better roles next time, if there will be?

  4. Dumb tabloids. Her husband just finished filming as a director in late 2012. At China standards, he must be paid, if not very well, at least reasonably well.

    A director earns more than the leading actress, No?

    How can they be having financial difficulties for a small family of 3? unless they are big spenders, which i see is not.

    No logic to thrasy tabloids news.

    1. A director earns more than the leading actress, No?

      This all depends on the movie and whether it is a big production and who and how much the investor are willing to put in for the project. There are such things as low budget movies.

      Not that I believe what the article says, but the name of a director does not necessarily mean a big payout. Even if he earned more then the leading actress, she may be making pennys compared to big-name actress.

      1. maybe a famous director get paid well like a famous actor

    2. It’s a television drama. I doubt they get paid as much as the leading actors.

      1. Really?? I always thought the director got more than the actors and actresses. We do know that they get to be the boss to the cast, but I guess they may get paid less.

      2. Agree. I think artistes make a lot more money in both movies and TV than directors and producers.

  5. What a sweet family and their baby is SOOO cute!!! She looks like a female version of her husband.

  6. Why does tabloids have to do senseless things like this without any proof. So she may be struggling a bit finanncially, dosent mean she’s not happy with her marriage.

    1. So she may be struggling a bit finanncially, dosent mean she’s not happy with her marriage.
      If her husband has not got a job after 2012, their financial position may be in trouble, but it does not mean that Sonjia is not happy with her marriage. At least not yet.

    2. True and who said that it always had to be the guy that was the breadwinner??

  7. When I was young I can remember at one time my dad also jobless and mom got to work and pay all the financial support big deal..

    1. Exactly, I don’t understand why so many are still so traditional and think that it always has to be the guy who carries the financial burden???

    1. Where is that “japan”? All Japanese I know don’t end the marriage even when they are bankrupted.

  8. Hmm I’m pretty sure this is just a rumor. From what I hear Sonija is high in demand for endorsing baby/mother products. I really doubt she is having financial issues.

  9. It’s typical of doggies: Rumours of dating when 2 ppl together, rumours of marriage when they are dating, rumours of divorce when they are having some troubles. In the middle, some like marriage, kids, breakup, third party, money trouble blah blah will be provided.

    So it’s a good thing when the artists hide their relationship.

  10. If Sonjia is not a lavish spender, then I don’t think she would be in financial trouble. But she does not seem like it. There were reports earlier that her mom was not happy about how her husband did not make much. If her husband was unemployed then her mom may get mad. Time will tell and hope that her family is happy.

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