When the boy group F4 (Flower 4) first appeared in Taiwanese drama “Meteor Garden (流星花園)”, they took the world by storm. Of course, fans were overjoyed when their existence didn’t stop at the screen. They became a real boy group outside the drama.
Although the members gained plenty of fame, things weren’t well beneath the surface. One of them, Ken Chu (朱孝天) went as far as to say that he felt no friendship between them.
Members Jerry Yan (言承旭), Vanness Wu (吳建豪), Vic Chou (周渝民) and Ken Chu initially found themselves on the rise to popularity in 2001. Unfortunately, it didn’t last. The group disbanded a few years later in 2009. Surprisingly, the members stated they had already seen the end of F4 coming.
On 14th February, “Gentlemen’s Quarterly (智族GQ)” did an interview with Ken. He had been asked about his three close friends, made when he was 25. The interviewer had meant the other F4 members, of course. However, to their surprise, Ken simply said, “No.” Many were taken aback, as they assumed F4 had been close, even if their group didn’t quite work out. Unfortunately, Ken more or less admitted that he never felt like they bonded even after shooting “Meteor Garden” and creating F4.
Now, at the age of 43, Ken still staunchly claims the only friend he has is his wife, Vivien Han Wenwen (韓雯雯). He opined that having fewer friends was better. Ken did explain why he felt so however. The artist stated that he was used to losing contact with friends as he was always moving around when he was a child. Additionally, the pressure of being popular due to F4 got to him. As such, he wasn’t shocked when they disbanded.
Both Jerry Yan and Vanness Wu had admitted F4 had problems which led to them breaking up. The duo also shared they had felt better once the group dispersed. Sadly, as much as the fans love the group, it’s clear F4 ultimately wasn’t meant to be together.