No secret is really a secret in the entertainment industry.
Reports of Chinese actor Chow Yun-Fat and wife Jasmine Tan adopting a child 18 years ago surfaced recently.
Chow reportedly did not want his wife to go through the pain of childbearing again after Jasmine's unfortunate miscarriage in 1991. The couple also repeatedly said they had no wish to use a surrogate mother. It believed that, Chow adopted a child, with the help of a friend.
In March this year, Jasmine said they "had (taken up adoption) a long time ago". Chow quickly corrected his wife's statement, saying that by adoption, Jasmine meant they had been donating to orphanages.
A source told the media that Chow sent his 'adopted son' to study in Australia during the 90s, because he feared the media would harass the child and he did not want to reveal his identity. However, the child is believed to have graduated from university last month and would probably return to Hong Kong soon.
"The rumour had been around for a long time. However, no one has seen Chow's 'adopted son'. No one is sure if the child is adopted or sponsored," said an insider.
Chow and his wife recently bought a HKD$128 million (approximately S$22 million) house at Sunshine Villa on The Peak. The residential area is very private and its environment is reminiscent of those abroad. Should Chow's 'adopted son' return to Hong Kong, he would have a high degree of privacy.
A few days ago, Chow, dressed in a tracksuit, was seen shopping at a branded watch shop in Tsim Sha Tsui. He took his time to choose, before settling on a Piaget watch. He was quoted as asking the shopkeeper worriedly if the watch "was too old-fashioned for a youngster" leading to speculation that the gift was meant for someone else.
The gift recipient is evidently someone important to Chow, as the watch reportedly has a 6-digit price tag. Rumours are rife that the watch is a graduation present for his 'adopted son' as Chow, is famous for being a thrifty person and is usually seen wearing a watch which costs a few hundred Hong Kong dollars.
Other reports also indicated that Chow had always wanted children, but felt that the pressure of being the child of a celebrity is too huge to bear.
"Being Chow Yun-Fat's child is too stressful. If the media would sign an agreement to stay away from my children, then I'll have one. However, that is impossible, right?" said the Chinese actor.
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