‘Cos Of COVID-19, Jolin Tsai’s Ex Vivian Dawson Has Had No Work Or Income For The Past 2 Months After Moving To LA
Poor Vivian Dawson has learned the hard way that it really, really wasn’t a good time to move to the States earlier this year.
The Singaporean-New Zealander model relocated from Taipei to Los Angeles in a bid to further his acting career there, but with the COVID-19 outbreak bringing the entertainment industry to a standstill, he has been left without a job or income for the past two months.
In a recent interview with Apple Daily, Vivian, who famously dated Mandopop queen Jolin Tsai for six years, revealed that he originally had some upcoming projects in Taiwan and China. However, after discussing with his manager, they decided to pull out of those jobs as it would be too risky to travel so frequently during this period.
Fortunately, the 35-year-old believes that despite having no income, he should have no problems with his finances — at least for the first half of the year — as he’s always been very frugal with his money.
Vivian also shared some photos of him at home in LA, as well as one, taken just the week before, at the supermarket staring at the hauntingly empty shelves.
According to Vivian, he flew to America in mid-January intending to go for auditions and acting classes during his long stay there. Of course, like the rest of the world, he never anticipated a severe pandemic to put a huge damper on his plans.
“I packed five masks with me from Taipei, but that is definitely not enough,” he said. “I don’t go outdoors often, but when I really have to shop for essentials, I cycle and use a scarf as a face mask, and I try to avoid going out during peak hours when there might be bigger crowds.”
Because the supermarket tends to run out of food really quickly, Vivian started to learn how to make his own bread for hamburgers and toast. He’s also been spending more time with his roommate, who is already in the LA performing arts scene, practising script-writing and sharpening their auditioning skills together.
“I just hope that this pandemic will pass quickly so that the whole world can go back to normal,” he said. “To all the medical workers out there, jiayou!”