New mother, Shirley Yeung (楊思琦), returned to Hong Kong two weeks ago with the intention of resuming work at TVB to earn “milk money” for her newborn daughter, Krystal Yeung. However, Shirley has not taken on any prominent work projects yet. TVB executive, Virginia Lok (樂易玲), indicated that Shirley may have depression, locking herself home. Ms. Lok said, “Shirley is very pitiful!”
The intrusive nature of the Hong Kong paparazzi was well known, giving little privacy to celebrities. The mystery of why Shirley Yeung broke up with the baby’s alleged father, Andy Ng (吳帥), aroused intense public scrutiny. Since giving birth to Krystal in Los Angeles, USA and returning to Hong Kong on March 22nd, Shirley isolated herself home, unwilling to go outside to face the public pressure.
Ms. Lok stated that Shirley’s emotional state spiraled downwards, not wishing to see anyone. Ms. Lok was worried that Shirley may have postpartum depression. At a March 31st event promoting the upcoming 2012 Miss Hong Kong Pageant, Ms. Lok said, “Originally, we wanted to ask Shirley to appear at the event, to have her see other people. She got sick and was unable to attend. She did not even possess the strength in her voice to talk on the phone. I think she has postpartum depression!”
Although Shirley rushed back to Hong Kong with the intention of earning more money, she was unable to put her emotions aside and return to work. It was unclear whether Shirley entered depression due to her alleged breakup with Andy Ng, a point which Ms. Lok refused to clarify.
Although Ms. Lok arranged job opportunities for Shirley, she was unable to fulfill them. Wrecking Ms. Lok’s plans, Shirley may have irked Ms. Lok unintentionally. Ms. Lok said, “She does not wish to see anyone. She will not even meet for breakfast. Seeing her in this state, I am honestly a bit upset. At the same time, I feel that she is very pitiful.”
The incredibly busy Ms. Lok appeared as if she was short on patience with Shirley’s uncooperative behavior. Shirley did not even wish to see her own manager and requested her mother to greet her at home. Ms. Lok revealed that Shirley’s spirits continued to spiral downward after reading negative reports about her current state. Ms. Lok stated, “Some things need to be spoken about and resolved. I do not know her mother well, so it is hard to start there.”
Ms. Lok felt that the best remedy to cure Shirley’s depression was to start working again and face the situation boldly. However, Shirley’s current work arrangements were on hold, due to the unclear date of her availability.
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Jayne: Shirley had called Ms. Lok about returning to work. Ms. Lok rushed out to the Hong Kong airport to receive Shirley and advised her on what to tell the press. I think Ms. Lok did try to give Shirley a chance.
However, it was Shirley rushed going back to Hong Kong too soon, perhaps too concerned about earning money quickly to pay her 3 mortgages. If Next Magazine sent out reporters to hunt down Shirley in Los Angeles, even photographing her brother’s ranch house and spying on her in-and-outs, of course the Hong Kong public will be even more intrusive!
Shirley should have taken a longer leave from work to rest. I can sense Ms. Lok’s impatience with Shirley’s situation, in which Shirley had sent mixed signals, first asking to return to work and now being unable to work.
Ms. Lok is Shirley’s best card in having future work opportunities at TVB. If Shirley doesn’t utilize this card wisely, Shirley is throwing her career down the drain.