Hong Kong singer Andy Hui has admitted to cheating on Sammi Cheng, whom he has been in a relationship with for 27 years and married for five.
He described himself as “very disgusting” at a press conference held at a hotel in Hong Kong tonight (April 16). During the press conference, he admitted to a dalliance with 30-year-old TVB actress and former Miss Hong Kong first runner-up Jacqueline Wong. He also said he will put his work activities on hold until he finds his “real and right self”.
He was caught on camera holding hands and kissing in the backseat of a taxi with Jacqueline. Known for such hits as “Who Can I Love” (2002), he has been married to Sammi, 46, since 2013. The two do not have children. Jacqueline and fellow TVB actor Kenneth Ma, 45, have been dating since 2017.
The clip was uploaded by Hong Kong’s Apple Daily News on Tuesday afternoon.
Hours later, Andy, 51, showed up for a tearful seven-minute appearance. He kept his head bowed throughout and swallowed a sob before apologising to his wife of six years, saying: “Sorry, Sammi.”
He began the press conference with a deep bow and said: “I want to apologise to my family, Sammi’s family, friends and people who love me. Because I did what I cannot make up for, something that will not be forgiven.”
Through bouts of crying, Andy explained: “I drank a lot that night but I feel that being drunk is definitely not an excuse to do something so wrong. I am very regretful, I find it hard to face myself and accept myself.
“After I saw the report, I found myself very shameful, very wrong, very bad, very disgusting and very unfamiliar. I reflected on why I could not control my lust.”
In the reportedly 16-minute video that was leaked, Andy and Jacqueline initially share a cab with another man, who alighted first. Before the man exits the cab, Andy can be heard assuring the man that he and Jacqueline will go home separately.
After the man leaves, however, Andy and Jacqueline provide only one location to the driver and begin holding hands. At one point, Jacqueline leans over to kiss Andy and his hand rests on her thigh.
According to Hong Kong media, they later left the cab together.
While Andy did not comment on his wife’s reaction or their marital status going forward, he said: “I hope that in the future, everyone I hurt, everyone I pained, can be well.”
As his speech neared the end, he said: “I have no soul. I am a broken man. I hope everyone can give me time to find myself.”
He gave another deep bow and left, ignoring all follow-up questions from reporters.
Following the bombshell news, netizens have flooded Andy’s Instagram page to express their anger and disappointment, with many asking him to quit the entertainment industry.
He posted a similar apology around 7pm on his Instagram with a picture of a black background.
Jacqueline has disabled comments on her Instagram page, which has more than 600,000 followers.
Sammi’s latest Instagram post on Sunday about an eye care supplement has garnered more than 3,300 comments – mostly posted on Tuesday – asking her to stay strong, with some encouraging her to leave Andy.
Andy and Sammi have had a dramatic love affair for close to 30 years.
Sammi, also known for her acting in movies like Love On A Diet (2001), began dating Andy in 1991 after they recorded the duet “Actually, Do You Have Me In Your Heart”.
The two admitted to their relationship only in 2001, but broke up in 2004. After seven years apart, the couple reconciled in 2011 and finally got hitched in 2013.
Their relationship was once described by comedian Dayo Wong as “Hong Kong’s last fairy tale”.
Jacqueline and Andy were reportedly introduced by his crew member and she subsequently went to the same gym as him. She also reportedly went to his Macau concert last year.
Text: Jan Lee / The Straits Times / April 2019
Additional text: Hidayah Idris
Images: Andy and Sammi’s Instagram