There is a Chinese saying that bad luck always comes in pairs (祸不单行). For actor Fan Zi’an (范子安), this just might be true.
The actor from “The Diary of a Female Soldier (女兵日記)” found his girlfriend cheating on him when he went to visit her in a hospital. Needless to say, he was heartbroken.
On 2nd April, Fan discovered his girlfriend of three years had been on the Taroko Express when it derailed. She had apparently been in the 8th carriage, which had been one of the carriages which sustained the worst injuries. Upon seeing the news, he cried. Fan drove to Hualien in 4 hours, even going as far as to ask the police to clear the way for him.
His girlfriend was already in the operating room when he arrived at the hospital. Fan said that he had never been so anxious in his life. As he sat outside the waiting room, the tears continued to come. “My hands kept shaking,” he said. “I didn’t expect to face this.” Fan was concerned his girlfriend would be traumatised from the incident. He made sure to read articles about it so he was prepared. He also sent her a message promising to always stay by her side.
A few days later, on 5th April, Fan decided to surprise her with a visit. He called her when he was outside the ward and what he saw made his heart break. Another man was holding her hand and playing with her hair. He saw his girlfriend tell the boy to leave before she told Fan she had been asleep. When Fan confronted the two of them, the girl lied saying he was “just a good friend”. She also said she hadn’t seen him come in as she had been asleep.
Furious, Fan left the room to calm down. He ran into the other man downstairs and to add insult to injury, the man asked Fan, “Do you know what is the problem with your relationship?” It was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
As he poured his heart out on Instagram, Fan wrote: “A week before the accident, you asked me when I would propose to you. I told you to wait until I did. That night, after the accident, I sent you a message saying I would marry you. But this is how you have answered me.” The post has since been deleted.
Many fans reached out to comfort and encourage the actor. Fan was very moved by their concern. Hopefully, he can move on from this tragic incident.