Netizen Reveals How Chow Yun Fat Gave Money To Fans Who Casually Mentioned A Charity They’re Supporting
If you’re an avid hiker in Hongkong and have really good luck, chances are you would probably run into screen legend Chow Yun Fat aka Fat Gor, who famously loves hiking himself, on one of your hikes.
While the 65-year-old may not have an active social media account, he makes frequent appearances on the socials of his fans or fellow celebrities like Carina Lau. And even those “A wild Fat Gor appears!”-esque shots from the public aren’t taken from some creepy, faraway angle like a stalker. Not only is he more than happy to oblige selfie requests, he is usually the one taking them. Just check out the following snaps, which were compiled by a Fat Gor fan page.
Just when we thought all the tales of Fat Gor being super down-to-earth weren’t heart-warming enough, a netizen recently shared a story about his encounter with the superstar that further drives the point home.
According to the netizen, he ran into Fat Gor while hiking in the mountains — where else? — with his family, which included a seven-year-old girl and five-year-old boy, and they all got to take a selfie with the actor, whom he described as tall, handsome, and easy-going. But that’s not all.
The group even got a chance to chat with Fat Gor for a while, during which he learned that the children are actually aiming to complete a number of hiking trails in Hongkong to help raise money for the elderly. Without saying anything further, Fat Gor immediately took out his wallet and offered them a donation of his own.
Although the exact amount he gave them was not disclosed, the netizen revealed that it wasn’t just “two or three hundred dollars” (S$35 to S$53) to “get rid” of them, so it’s safe to assume it was a pretty generous sum.
The netizen went on to clarify that it was never his intention to solicit a donation from Fat Gor, and that he simply wished to let the children share about their little charity project and experiences with him. Little did he expect that Fat Gor would actually willingly contribute to their cause and thank them, which made them feel very touched and respected.
Seriously, how can anyone not love this guy?
Alien Huang’s Memorial Concert To Be Broadcast Live On Oct 6; Tickets Not For Sale Thanks To Scalpers
The late Alien Huang’s label Rock Records have confirmed the date and time of his upcoming memorial concert. In a Facebook post, they revealed that it will be held on October 6 at Legacy Taipei and is expected to start at 7pm.
The event will be hosted by Alien’s Mr. Player co-hosts Jacky Wu and Kid Lin, and some of his good friends will be invited to share a word, song, or video to show different sides of Alien’s life story to the public. Fans from all over the world can also tune in as the showcase will be live-streamed online, although the exact details of that have yet to be confirmed.
Also TBC is how fans in Taiwan will be able to score an invitation to gain entry to the physical concert itself, although one thing’s for sure: tickets will not be for sale and it’s all thanks to scalpers, who for some unthinkable reason have decided it was a good idea to take advantage of people wanting to remember a star after his death.
In a “special reminder” at the end of their announcement, Rock Records added, “There are no tickets for this concert, so we urge fans not to simply listen to anyone selling them online. Do not be deceived!”
One such unscrupulous listing showed up on September 22 advertising pre-orders for tickets to Alien’s memorial concert. The scalper even claimed to have a “good reputation” and promised that it was “definitely not a scam”. Yeah, right.
Fortunately, netizens knew better than to trust the post and left all kinds of comments berating the scalper, such as: “Aren’t you afraid of getting struck by lightning by accumulating wealth like this”, “Don’t you fear retribution when you’re out on the streets?”, “This is too much”, and “Doesn’t your conscience bother you about making money from a dead man?”
To be honest, we highly doubt criminals like that even have a conscience to begin with.
In other related news, Alien’s agency has stated that the details of his funeral and burial location will not be disclosed to the public. “That part will be kept private for his family and closest friends so that they can accompany him and send him off,” they said.
Alien’s wake was held from September 19 to 21 and is estimated to have been attended by over 3,000 people, including many of his fellow celebrities, over the three days.
George Clooney is "ashamed" of his home state's handling of the Breonna Taylor case. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron warned on Wednesday that "celebrities, influencers and activists" who have never lived in Kentucky would try to "influence our thinking or capture our emotions" in wake of the decision to bring no charges against Louisville police for the killing of Taylor.
"There will be celebrities, influencers and activists who have never lived in Kentucky who try to tell us how to feel, suggesting they understand the facts of this case, and that they know our community and the commonwealth better than we do," said Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron today while announcing the grand jury decision. "But they do not."
In a counter statement to reporters as someone from the Kentucky "community," Clooney expressed his outrage.
"I was born and raised in Kentucky. Cut tobacco on the farms of Kentucky. Both my parents and my sister live in Kentucky. I own a home in Kentucky, and I was there last month," he said. "The justice system I was raised to believe in holds people responsible for their actions."
"Her name was Breonna Taylor and she was shot to death in her bed by 3 white police officers, who will not be charged with any crime for her death. I know the community. I know the commonwealth. And I was taught in the schools and churches of Kentucky what is right and what is wrong," Clooney added. "I’m ashamed of this decision."
Clooney's comment comes amid a public outcry. On Wednesday, former Louisville Metro Police Department Detective Brett Hankison, who was fired after Taylor's death, was charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment by the grand jury, AP reported. The charges relate to Hankison shooting into neighboring apartments during the incident, not Taylor's death itself, the outlet noted. No other officers have been charged.
Derek Jeter played a big part in Mariah Carey's life, both on a personal level and musically. The former New York Yankees shortstop met Carey in 1998 shortly before her divorce from her music producer husband, Tommy Mottola.
"He was a catalyst that helped me get out of that relationship because I believed there was somebody else," Carey explains to Oprah Winfrey in the new Apple TV+ series The Oprah Conversation.
She added that Jeter being biracial also played a big part in her connection with the athlete.
"It was the racial situation. His mom is Irish, his dad is Black, but he's also very ambiguous-looking to me. I didn't know who he was," she says. "Honestly, I don't think it was like, 'Oh my gosh, he was the love of my life.' At the time I did because I didn't think I would ever meet anybody who wouldn't... feel superior to me because of the fact that I'm not one way or another in most people's minds and they have preconceived notions, whatever."
She added that seeing Jeter's own "healthy family" showed her that her own family was "dysfunctional" for reasons other than the fact that they were mixed race.
"Yes, those things did play a huge part in their dysfunction, but it was healthy for me to see a functional family that looked like mine but didn't feel like mine," she explains.
She also connected with Jeter professionally, saying, "He was also doing his dream job and living his dream job, and I believe we connected in that way."
Carey has recently revealed that her songs, "The Roof" and "My All," were both about Jeter, whom she writes about in her new memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey.
Malaysian singer Fish Leong isn’t the only one making waves in her career post-divorce. Hongkong actor-host Jerry Lamb’s ex-wife, TVB artiste Lily Hong, recently embarked on a career switch, and is apparently doing really well for herself. The couple, who has two teenage sons, split earlier this month after 18 years of marriage.
When she got married to Jerry, Lily devoted herself to raising her family and it was only when her sons were in their teens that she made a comeback to pursue her dreams as a singer and musician. But with gigs and job opportunities in showbiz coming to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 43-year-old decided to join the insurance industry.
Her Instagram profile states she is a risk and wealth management manager, and according to reports, is doing so well in her new job that she achieved the top sales performance in the company after just one month.
When asked about her career switch, she told the media that she is now an insurance broker while playing down her achievements. “[I’m] just making a living!” she said modestly.
When news of the divorce broke, it shocked fans as the pair was deemed as a model couple in Hongkong’s showbiz scene.
Then, Jerry said in an Instagram post that “this is the best decision for everyone” and encouraged Lily to “work hard towards [her] goals”.
That same day, Lily updated her Instagram with a photo of the family-of-four celebrating her son Bob’s 17th birthday, writing: “Some things never change. Love is in the air. Happy birthday Bob!”
She also confirmed their amicable split in a live broadcast on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, saying: “A lot of things will happen in life, good and bad. But not all bad things are totally bad. Sometimes, you understand yourself better when things happen. It’s also a form of growth and learning.”
Though she appeared upbeat, she got emotional and started crying while singing Shino Lin’s ‘Tempting Heart’.
While Jerry and Lily have been tight-lipped about the reason for their divorce, rumours swirled that former singer Timothy Wong, who worked with Lily on a music video two years ago, was the third party in the relationship.
The 52-year-old quickly denied this, saying he has not been in contact with Lily for over a year and that he doesn’t even have her phone number. Timothy’s wife, who is suffering from kidney disease, said she chose to believe her husband.
Alien Huang’s Parents May Have To Pay At Least S$4.7K A Month For The Remaining Mortgage On His S$2mil Apartment
When Taiwanese star Alien Huang passed away last week, he left behind his 278sqm house in Taipei’s Beitou District that he bought in 2018 for NT$42.8mil (S$2mil). At that time, he planned to pay off his mortgage by the age of 45, which would’ve been nine years from now, but his sudden death at the age of 36 has raised concerns about the financial burden the loan might have on his parents.
Recently, an estate planning lawyer made an appearance on a news talk show to share his thoughts and expertise on this matter. He pointed out that if Alien’s family were to keep his apartment, it’s estimated that they would need to fork out at least NT$100,000 (S$4,700) a month for the mortgage repayment.
On the other hand, if they were to sell the place, they would be subject to a tax rate of 35 per cent of their gains from the sale as the holding period of the property is still less than two years.
The lawyer also briefly touched on how the matter of inheritance could be settled. Since Alien did not leave a will, it’s likely that his estate will be divided equally between his mother and father even though they divorced a long time ago.
Alien was known to be much closer to his dad and even let him have complete control over his finances. When he was still alive, the singer-actor-host would transfer all his earnings to his dad and be given a monthly allowance of NT$50,000 (S$2,350). Reports also claim that the reason Alien was willing to splurge on the apartment in Beitou was ‘cos he was planning to live with his dad, who said that he likes houses that are near lots of trees.
Other than that, Alien was quite frugal with his spending. Unlike many of his peers, he did not blow his money on extravagant luxuries like fancy cars and would often get a lift to work and other appointments. The only thing he was willing to splurge on was his collection of toy figures.
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are making major moves in their relationship. The couple has been together for almost five years, and now reporters has learned that the "Don't Speak" singer and country crooner closed on an Encino, California, home together for $13.2 million earlier this year. The deal was done off-market.
Reporters also learned that this is the first home the pair has bought together.
Their new 13,000-square-foot nest features three full floors, a four-car garage, a state-of-the-art home theater, a pool with inset spa and a cabana offering a full wet bar and outdoor kitchen. The property had been privately marketed for sale, asking $14 million, by Craig Knizek, James Harris and David Parnesof The Agency.
Stefani, who is mother to sons Kingston, 14, Zuma, 12, and Apollo, 6, had been spending time at Shelton's Oklahoma ranch amid quarantine.
Just this week, in a first look of the upcoming Voice season, the two shared how they kept busy together in the South.
"This summer during quarantine, I learned how to make jam," Shelton revealed in the video, accompanied by snapshots of the homemade jam-making process. "I have about six or eight peach trees, and every year they make a bunch of peaches and we eat them. But this year, since we were there and there were so many and there was nothing else to do, we got online and we learned how to make jam. We've made, like, cases of peach jam. That's a lot of work! Probably will never do that again but I know how to do it."
Stefani added that it was "magical" spending all her time with Shelton and her kids because "we don't ever have that much solid time together."
"We did do a lot of fun stuff," Stefani continued. "We did a lot of cooking. I learned how to make sourdough bread like everybody else; it took me like a month to get the starter right. We did so much stuff. We built a garden. We planted zinnias. I mean, we planted thousands of zinnia flowers. It was a lot of stuff that you dream about doing that you never have time to do."
Kelly Clarkson doesn't want her divorce proceedings to be any harder than necessary. Nearly four months after the 38-year-old singer filed for divorce from Brandon Blackstock, a source tells ET that Clarkson's "hoping her and her ex can have an amicable split and move forward with a positive experience as co-parents."
The former couple, who were married for almost seven years, share River, 6, and Remington, 4. Blackstock also has two kids from a previous relationship, Savannah and Seth.
Amid this challenging time, Clarkson is busy with work, following the season 2 premiere of The Kelly Clarkson Show on Monday.
"Kelly is focusing on her show, moving forward and her kids," the source says. "Kelly is pouring everything she has into her work to stay busy and focused and is trying not to think too much about her divorce, which is hard at times."
During her show's season premiere, Clarkson opened up about why she plans to remain relatively private about her split.
"Divorce is never easy. We're both from divorced families, so we know the best thing here is to protect our children and their little hearts," she said. "I'm usually very open and I usually talk about everything, but in this case, I will talk a little bit here and there about how it affects me personally, but probably won't go too far into it because I'm a mama bear and my kids come first."
S$17K In Cash Was Found Under Alien Huang’s Bed; Turned Out To Be The Late Star's Monthly Allowance From His Dad
Hot Door Night hosts Jacky Wu, Hank Chen, and Lulu held a press conference to share their excitement about their collective nomination for Best Host in a Variety Programme at the upcoming 55th Golden Bell Awards, but unsurprisingly, the conversation eventually shifted to the recent passing of Taiwanese singer-actor-host Alien Huang.
According to Jacky, he was so upset about the news that he had completely forgotten about the press conference. The 57-year-old had originally intended to go straight to Alien’s wake to let Alien’s father listen to the song he had penned in memory of the late star, only for his assistant to remind him about his schedule.
Jacky also shared a heart-wrenching story he had heard from Alien’s father at the wake. Apparently, when Alien was still alive, he would transfer all his earnings to his dad, who would then give him a monthly allowance of NT$50,000 (about S$2,350) in an envelope to use for his various expenses.
However, he never got to use it all. While sorting out Alien’s belongings in his home, his father discovered a pile of the envelopes under his bed with over NT$370,000 (S$17,350) in them. Jacky admitted that this made him very emotional, and went on to explain that when an artiste has so much cash saved up like that, it’s usually ‘cos they don’t have enough time to spend it.
When asked about the future of Mr. Player, the variety show Jacky hosted with Alien and Kid Lin, Jacky let on that the three of them were planning to go out to sea to celebrate his 58th birthday, which falls on September 26, but the trip has now been cancelled as he is no longer in the mood to have fun.
He then said that he has been in discussions with the production team about whether to continue with the show, adding that they “are all still in the midst of recovering.”
Chang Fei And Fei Yu-Ching's Buddhist Nun Sister Wore High Heels, Blue Falsies & A Million-Dollar Watch For A Recent TV Appearance
After badmouthing her younger brothers, Taiwanese stars Chang Fei and Fei Yu-ching, and suggesting they “go [their] separate ways [as] people with no common ground should not work together”, it seems like former singer-turned-Buddhist nun Venerable Heng Shu has changed her tune.
According to reports, during a recording for variety show Super Lucky yesterday (Sep 21), Heng Shu, who used to be known as Jenny Fei, explained that she had said all those things in a fit of anger, and that she “still loves [her brothers]” and wants to start afresh with them.
The 70-year-old, who announced her showbiz comeback earlier this month, added that after news of their feud broke, her juniors texted her, telling her: “Don’t bring problems of the older generation to the next. Siblings don’t bear grudges.”
“I am fine after venting my anger,” she continued.
Despite previously declaring that she would not share the stage with her brothers again, Heng Shu now hopes to host a variety show with Chang Fei, 68, and has even thought of a name for the show — Liang Zhang Wang Pai (translated as Two Aces).
“With me around, your viewership will be top,” she said in an open invitation to TV stations.
Heng Shu has been sporting a new look since returning to the limelight after a 30-year hiatus and settling her NT$30 million (S$1.4mil) dollar debt.
Instead of her Buddhist robes, she donned a suit with high-heeled booties for yesterday’s recording, and even wore make-up and blue false eye lashes. Not forgetting to pile on the bling, she accessorised her look with her mum’s gold necklace with her dad’s six-carat sapphire ring, as well as a million-dollar ruby-encrusted watch, which her fans gifted during a performance in Indonesia.
“I can finally sit cross-legged after removing my robe,” she joked, adding that her butt perked up while wearing the 15cm-high boots. “This is my new look. I will not show skin [like before]. How can I do that at my age? Everything is saggy now.”
Not that she needs to. Heng Shu has been highly sought after by TV producers since her comeback and has made quite a killing from talk show and home shopping appearances. “I am back at my old work place. I am really very happy,” she said.
She revealed last week that she will be hosting two new shows — one variety and another about religion — but her dream is to front her own talk show one day.
In March, Heng Shu fell out with her brothers, Chang Fei and singer Fei Yu-ching, after they went public with her financial troubles. They claimed she had racked up more than NT$200mil (S$9.5mil) in debt after borrowing from more than 20 loan sharks over the past 40 years, though she denied this.