The internet is currently buzzing with the latest break up between Richard Li Tzar Kai (李澤楷) and Miss Hong Kong 2015 second runner-up Karmen Kwok (郭嘉文).
The pair started dating back in 2016 when they were spotted in Japan during Valentine’s Day. It was reported that the 29-year-old beauty got a penthouse unit at One Mayfair, Beacon Hill in Kowloon Tong in 2017 thanks to her super-rich beau. Karmen terminated her contract with TVB that same year.
Richard and Karmen made their first public debut as a couple during a public function in 2019. Since then, they’ve attended many events together. Rumours began circulating that the Hong Kong tycoon (who also happens to be the son of Hong Kong’s richest man Li Ka Shing) recently ended his 5-year relationship with the Miss Hong Kong finalist.
Karmen herself seemed to confirm their split when she left a cryptic message on her Instagram account. In her IG Story, she wrote, “Thank you for sharing the story from your heart. I also hope that this is a place for you to share your happiness, express your sorrow, and gain positive energy, or a little comforting place. As for those negative voices, if you change the angle, they are also considered a nutrient in life, because what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger/No worries.”
Netizens also noticed that Karmen has started to become active again on her socials. In addition to posting more photos online, she’s also been promoting several products and brands. It wouldn’t come as a surprise that she’s now building up her portfolio as a KOL (Key Opinion Leader) since she has also included her work contact in her IG bio.
So what caused the break up?
Word on the street has it that Richard might be seeing Serene Lim Shyi Yee (林宣妤). The Malaysian actress (who just turned 25 last weekend) hails from Perak and was the first artist to sign with Richard’s entertainment company, ViuTV. Guess who introduced them? It was fellow Malaysian icon Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh!
Since winning the Miss Astro Chinese International Pageant in 2016, Serene has gone on to star in “The Garden Of Evening Mists” and other notable projects after making her acting debut in Chiu Keng Guan’s “Think Big Big”. However, she parted ways with TVB last year after her contract ended and returned to Malaysia during the pandemic.
It remains to be seen if Serene and Richard are an item. Prior to Karmen, the 55-year-old Hong Kong businessman was previously dating actress-singer Isabella Leong, with whom they have 3 sons together.