Jan 08, 2017 General Comments Off on Vietnam actress admits to lying about marital status and much more
Vietnamese actress Nguyen Thanh Dao (???) on Sunday shocked her fans but also elicited sympathy when she admitted to having lied about her marital status, place of birth and academic record.
Nguyen, better known in Taiwan by her stage name Helen Thanh Dao (????), called a press conference in Taipei, at which she introduced a Taiwanese man named Tai Fa-kuei (???) as her husband.
Until now, Nguyen had presented herself as a single, 33-year-old Taiwanese-Vietnamese, who was born in Taiwan's eastern county of Hualien.
But at Sunday's press conference, Tai told reporters that, in fact, Nguyen was born in Vietnam and had married him 18 years ago when she was 22.
It was at his suggestion, he said, that she claimed his birth place and his late mother as her own.
Tai said he also made up other parts of Nguyen's biography such as the claims that she had graduated from the University of California in Los Angeles and before that had attended a prestigious girls' high school in Taipei.
All that was done so Nguyen "would not be looked down upon" by the people of Taiwan, Tai said, adding that his wife had actually graduated from Hung Vuong University in Vietnam with a degree in economics.
Tai's account, delivered outdoors on a cloudy and chilly afternoon in front of a TV station, painted a story of a couple struggling to win acceptance and make their fortunes in both Vietnam and Taiwan.
Nguyen was an award-winning actress in her home country, appearing in a series of movies and TV dramas from 2005 and 2009.
But she was not making enough to cover the couple's expenses, particularly as Tai, who has a doctorate degree in Materials Science from Taiwan's National Chiao Tung University, had given up his job to support her pursuit of an acting career, he said.
In an effort to help Nguyen maintain a fan base among men, Tai said, he never revealed that he was her husband and posed instead as her older brother.
During her public events, Tai said, he would stand on the sidelines or sit in the car, updating his wife's Facebook page.
At the start of the press conference, Tai and Nguyen held hands and bowed in apology for having lied to her fans.
The revelations came a day after police received a report from a friend of Nguyen's, who said the actress was preparing to take her own life.
It turned out to be a false alarm but after conflicting postings on Nguyen's Facebook page overnight, reporters began to question their authenticity, apparently forcing the couple to come forward.
Tai said that Nguyen was depressed because her mother had been trying to extort money from them and had recently threatened to expose Nguyen's lies.
The disclosures were greeted with overwhelmingly negative comments online, with hundreds of netizens condemning Nguyen for lying and many saying she should go back to Vietnam.
Some also castigated her husband, saying he had gone too far in trying to keep up appearances, and noted that despite his claims of financial difficulties, his wife was driving a Porsche sports car.
Some of the postings, however, expressed sympathy for Nguyen as a an immigrant who has had a hard time breaking into Taiwan's entertainment industry.
Commenting on an Apple Daily report on the press conference, a netizen posting under the name Luo Zhi-jen said Nguyen had shown courage by coming clean and that other celebrities were known to have lied about their marriages and other aspects of their personal lives.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel