Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Paparazzi Field Day

Cheung and Tse in wedded bliss in 2006
The gossip pages here are all buzzing about the announcement that entertainment couple Nicholas Tse Ting-fung (谢霆锋) and Cecilia Cheung Pak-chi (张柏芝) are calling it quits after five years of marriage.
The impending divorce has taken months to unfold, and almost each day there have been reports on what he said or she said, or things they've done to indicate an imminent split.
Finally yesterday Cheung's management company Asia Entertainment Group issued a statement on behalf of the couple saying: "We have decided to file for divorce because of our irreconcilable differences... we have reached an agreement peacefully."
The agreement did not say if the "agreement" was about the distribution of their wealth.
As for their two sons, Lucas, four and Quintus, one, the statement said, "We will raise our two children together... everything [we] do will be for the sake and happiness of our children."
Tse finally reached the pinnacle of Hong Kong's entertainment elite when he won Best Actor at the Hong Kong Film Awards this year. He was so emotional about the accolade and thanked his father Patrick Tse Yin for pushing him so hard. Cheung had tears in her eyes and it looked like the couple's relationship might continue on track.
But things got worse in May when Cheung was on the same flight as Edison Chen Koon-hei whose reputation went south when he was caught taking pictures of many starlets including her in 2007. Apparently the two took pictures together on the plane on the flight from Taiwan to Hong Kong, and there were reports Tse was not happy, despite their marriage weathering the sex photo scandal four years earlier.

While Tse comes from a family of entertainers, Cheung's big break was starring in a lemon tea commercial for Hi C. Stephen Chow Sing-chi spotted her in that commercial and put her in his movie King of Comedy in 1999.

While the marriage is over, entertainment reporters are going to have a field day uncovering as much as they can on the divorce settlements and reactions from members of the industry.

Stars in Hong Kong live a fishbowl existence -- sometimes they thrive on it to hype up their careers, but other times they'd rather hide or be left alone.

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