Hongkong actor Marco Ngai, 52, started his year on a bad note when the media to went to town with reports that his wife, Zhang Lihua, had cheated on him. Rumour has it that it's not the first time Lihua, who is two decades younger than Marco, had cheated on the actor during their 12-year marriage.
After weeks of silence, Marco has finally confirmed that he has filed for divorce. According to the Hongkong media, the couple has slept in separate rooms for five years, but they tried to maintain a sense of normalcy at home for the sake of their nine-year-old daughter Jessica.
Ever since the scandal, some netizens have revelled in his misfortune, saying that he “deserves to have a bad ending” because of what he did to his ex-girlfriend actress Joyce Tang. The former golden couple started dating in 1998 after filming the drama Armed Reaction together. After close to a decade together, they broke up in 2007 and Marco tied the knot with Lihua just months later.
At that time, rumours were rife that Marco had cheated on Joyce, although neither party ever publicly acknowledged the gossip.
“Karma took a while to get to him, but he’s getting his just desserts for starting his relationship in such a bad way,” wrote one netizen. Another added: “It’s quite obvious what happened, considering he managed to get married to another person so quickly after ending a nine year relationship. Joyce was the victim.”
The media recently caught up with Marco to ask how he's been coping since the split. The actor revealed: “I haven’t completely gotten over [the relationship yet]. I feel like I’m caught in the middle. I'll not be able to get into another relationship again. I’ll never marry again.”
He was also asked if he still keeps in touch with Joyce, who got married to exec Matthew Chu in 2013. “Even though we broke up a long time ago, I still pay attention to what she’s up too,” he said. “When she got hurt, I thought to myself, ‘Oh dear, how could this happen?’ Her husband treats her very well, and I’m sure he treats her better than I used to. I wish her a lifetime of happiness.”