Malaysian actress Angelica Lee (known for her role in 2002’s horror film, “The Eye“) and her husband, Hong Kong director Oxide Pang, who was recently caught cheating on her with Hong Kong model Liddy Li, released a joint statement about his affair on their micro blogs on Wednesday, reported Hong Kong media.
The two said that they “finally understood that marriage isn’t just about the union of a prince and a princess, living without worry for the rest of their lives”.
The statement reads:
There is 12 years’ worth of relationship that we just can’t express in a few words. We now understand that marriage is not about living a carefree life like a prince and a princess. We’ve talked about the right and wrong, the pleasure and pain, the past and future. Yes, it’s a sad period of time right now, and it’s sad because there is love. Maybe, it would have been easier if there is no love. Just like other couples, we’ve experienced setbacks and tests.
The couple also thanked everybody for their concern and their willingness to let them manage things on their own, adding that they will face everything together.
Pang posted a message on his micro blog shortly after, to explain why he did not explicitly apologise for his actions in their joint statement:
In the statement this afternoon, everyone couldn’t find the three words “I am sorry” and feel that I still don’t know I was wrong. How difficult is it to just write or say these three words? But I feel my mistake isn’t something that can be forgiven by just saying sorry, because I was completely wrong. My mistake has deeply hurt someone who has done so much for me, hurt and disappointed someone who loves me. I accept everyone’s criticism… I can’t even forgive myself. I am sorry.
Pang’s affair came to light after photos of him kissing and holding hands with Li were published in a Hong Kong tabloid recently.
When contacted by Apple Daily reporters via phone, Oxide was reported to be shocked, questioning the nature of the photos taken of him while also denying that he had cheated. He reportedly said, “What photos of me did you guys take? I wasn’t on a date whatsoever. I just went to the movies with a friend.” The reporter then persisted to ask him if he would usually hug and kiss a ‘friend’ in public but did not get a comment from the director. The reporter also asked if he and Angelica were facing marital problems. Oxide didn’t answer both the questions presented, but when he was asked if he still loves his wife and that if she was aware of the outing, Oxide refused to comment any further.
Liddy Li’s micro blog was inundated with critical comments from netizens soon after she was revealed to have come between Pang and Lee, while Lee’s father told reporters he’d “teach him (Pang) a lesson” if he finds out Pang had indeed cheated on his daughter. Pang, on the other hand, immediately flew back to Malaysia to salvage his marriage.
Pang’s fling has become a hot topic in the Hong Kong entertainment industry because he and Lee, whom he married in 2010 after dating for seven years, were widely seen as the perfect couple. Since their marriage, Lee had cut back on her acting projects to care for Pang’s daughter from a previous marriage, while Pang was often observed showering Lee with concern at events.
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