TVB Actor Mat Yeung Arrested For Refusing Blood Alcohol Test After Car Crash; He Blames It On His Lack Of Sleep
Well, this is embarrassing. TVB actor Mat Yeung, who is known for playing cops and his ardent support for the Hongkong police, was recently arrested on suspicion of “refusing to provide a blood sample” for an alcohol test after crashing his car in the Mid-Levels area in Hongkong.
According to news reports, the accident happened at around midnight on August 8 when Mat lost control of his Mercedes-Benz, hitting a traffic sign before mounting a barrier and coming to a halt with serious damage to the right side of the front of the vehicle.
When police arrived at the scene, they found a red-faced (literally) Mat, who reportedly reeked of alcohol. He apparently refused to take a breathalyser test and claimed that he was feeling unwell. The 39-year-old also had trouble walking by himself and needed the help of two officers to get into the ambulance, which brought him to Queen Mary Hospital for treatment.
There, he refused to provide samples for a blood alcohol test and was taken into custody after preliminary investigations. He has since been released on bail pending further investigation and must report back to the police in early September.
In her statement to the media, TVB executive Virginia Lok shared that Mat suffered minor injuries in the accident, but fortunately, no other people were involved. However, she made no mention of the drink-driving allegations, saying that Mat could have been “under too much stress” or was “too tired”.
“I wish to give him time to rest and recover as soon as possible,” she said. “The company will further understand the matter and provide him with the necessary assistance.”
After his release and discharge from the hospital, Mat made an appearance on TVB entertainment programme Scoop via video call to address the incident, although he did not confirm whether he was driving under the influence.
“I hit my head and pelvis during the crash and underwent a brain scan and X-ray at the government hospital, but I hope to go for another detailed examination at a private hospital,” he said.
Mat also explained that he had been driving to his work studio in the wee hours of the morning to read his scripts when the crash occurred, and blamed it on the fact that he has been sleeping late due to his busy schedule, so he got distracted at the wheel. However, he claimed that he blacked out and has no memory of what happened after.
“The reports say that the police had to support me 'cos I was so drunk, but I was actually feeling dizzy and confused, which is why I couldn’t do an alcohol test at that time. What’s more, the police were focused on rescuing me as quickly as possible ‘cos my car had crashed near the side of the mountain, so it was a dangerous situation.”
Mat then apologised for destroying government property and pointed out that it is a good thing that no one else was hurt. “I am very sorry. This matter has made everyone worry and sparked a lot of public opinion, but I am fine. This matter will now be handled by my lawyer.”
In addition to starring in numerous cop dramas, Mat has also been involved in promotional campaigns for the Hong Kong Police Force, although this scandal, along with numerous other events in the past, have made netizens declare that he is no longer suitable for such roles. As a result, the police announced that all future activities involving Mat will be suspended, and that they will “make the appropriate arrangements” regarding the content that has already been published.
This is not the first time Mat has gotten into trouble with the law. In 2005, he was slapped with a DUI charge, resulting in a HK$7,000 (around S$1,240) fine and one-year licence suspension. The following year, he attacked a security guard after being refused admission into a nightclub and was issued a bind-over order, where one is required to showcase good behaviour for a certain length of time.
Did that work? Not quite. In 2007, when he was still under the bind-over order, Mat got drunk and caused damages in a convenience store, leading him to be sentenced to 150 hours of community service and a fine of HK$3,880 (about S$687).
While Mat was still able to enjoy a successful career after all that, only time will tell if he’s able to bounce back from this new scandal.
Taiwanese star Wang Ta Lu’s mum has passed away after a tumour in her brain stem ruptured suddenly. She was 65.
According to sources close to the family, Ta Lu’s mum, a homemaker, wasn’t aware that she was sick. She was found unconscious at home by the actor’s elder sister on August 5 and was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery.
On hearing the news, Ta Lu dropped all his work and rushed to be by her side in the Intensive Care Unit. She reportedly passed away on Sunday, August 9 at 2.33am.
The 29-year-old star has issued a brief statement through his manager, saying: “Thank you for your concern. Right now, the most important thing is to take care of my mother’s funeral matters. Thank you.”
He did not respond further on her passing and has requested to let the family handle it privately.
The tragic news has been a huge blow to Ta Lu and his family, who are struggling to come to terms with her sudden death.
Fellow actor and Ta Lu's pal Kai Ko, who had just learned of the news, declined to comment, adding that he does not want to disturb Ta Lu and his family.
His manager noted: “This is a private matter between close friends. We will not respond regarding the matter. Thank you for your concern.”
Ta Lu, who shot to fame after starring in coming-of-age movie Our Times back in 2015, was famously close to his mum.
In 2016, he took her on a work trip to Milan, and had previously shared photos of them when she visited him at work in 2018. “My mum paid me a visit. I am a happy kid. Yay!” he wrote on Instagram.
Lady Gaga is giving fans a peek behind the curtain. In honor of their multiple VMA nominations, the songstress shared a new behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of the "Rain On Me" music video with collaborator Ariana Grande.
In the latest installment of the singer's GAGAVISION series, which she posted to Instagram on Thursday, showed a few adorably awkward and funny moments that went down between the pop superstars while rehearsing for the video.
One such moment came while working out the choreography, when Gaga accidentally scratched Grande's eye with her nail.
"I shanked her with my nail by accident dancing," Gaga explained, while Grande -- laying on the floor -- added jokingly, "Lady Gaga scratched my eye!"
"It's an honor, I hope it scars," Grande continued, joking about the scratch. "It feels like I was in an action movie."
However, not wanting to get blamed for permanently marking the young singer, Gaga chased Grande down and forced her to put Neosporin on the small scratch.
Later, while the pair were getting ready for the shoot in hair-and-makeup, Grande said her fans and Gaga's fans were already speculating that they were working on something, even though the collaboration hadn't been announced.
"You know what your fans are doing today? Because they think that something is happening and they're, like, on to us?" Grande shared "They're now digging through everything I've ever done and pulling up all the old embarrassing videos of me singing your songs and stuff."
"I’m still glowing from all of the love for “Rain On Me” from the VMAs! 🥰 So @arianagrande and I wanted to share some of the fun we had making the video," Gaga captioned the video.
Gaga and Grande lead the pack this year with nine VMA nominations each -- including co-nominations for Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Pop, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects and Best Choreography.
This year's Video Music Awards will air on Sunday, Aug. 30 on MTV.
This whole pregnancy thing has Katy Perry pretty exhausted. The "Smile" singer went shopping for baby supplies, and the outing left her pretty tired.
The singer took to Instagram on Thursday to share a snapshot from her shopping trip showing her reclining in a rocking chair next to some cribs and baby playpens.
Perry, rocking a gray sweater, gray leggings and a face mask, tagged her location as "I've Had It," and captioned the sleepy snapshot simply, "Poopedstar."
Perry -- who is expecting her first child with Orlando Bloom -- recently opened up about her pregnancy journey, and said she's "really grateful for my body."
"Going through this process you get a whole new viewpoint," the American Idol judge said during a chat with the Kyle and Jackie O Australian radio show in July. The singer explained that she's at that point in her pregnancy where "everything is swollen."
"My hands are swollen, my feet are starting to swell," she said, adding that she's now just wearing sandals everywhere -- which was also evident in the photo she posted Thursday.
Reporters recently spoke with Perry's fellow American Idol judge, Luke Bryan, who revealed that his co-star is nearing her due date.
"I didn't know the exact due date ... so I texted her like, 'Hey, just so I can kind of wrap my head around when to really start thinking about you guys and saying prayers and everything,' so she let me know the due date," Byran told reporters on Tuesday. "She's pretty close."
"I told her I'm probably gonna send her little girl maybe, like, a little pink BB gun," Bryan added with a laugh. "An old country boy version of little baby girl gifts. Pink camo and a pink BB gun."
Jacqueline Wong’s TVB Boss Says She’s Willing To Give The Actress A Second Chance 'Cos "Everyone Has Made Mistakes In The Past"
You know what they say — the higher they rise, the harder they fall. Once hailed as one of TVB's fastest rising stars, Jacqueline Wong is now known for being a home wrecker, a cheater and a mistress after her affair with Sammi Cheng's husband Andy Hui made headlines last year.
Since then, the 31-year-old has been on an indefinite hiatus from showbiz. Her comeback is also nowhere in sight as it seems like the general public aren't ready to forgive her just yet.
All the negative press that continues to swirl around Jacqueline led reporters to ask TVB exec Virginia Lok if she has thought about casting the disgraced actress in a web drama to test the public’s reaction to her, to which Virginia said that she “hasn’t thought” about it.
“I did think of meeting up with her for a chat, but nobody wants to leave the house these days because of the pandemic,” Virginia explained. “I’ll wait until the situation is less severe [before I consider it again].” She added that they still keep in contact regularly through WhatsApp, although Virginia wants to see her in person before making any concrete plans.
Despite their frequent conversations, Virginia admitted that the topic of the scandal has pretty much been the elephant in the room for them, but maintained that Jacqueline has “always been very positive”. She also said that she was confident that Jacqueline would be able to bounce back.
Virginia said: “I don’t think we should give up on her. Everyone has made mistakes in the past, and you have to look at how serious the mistake was and if there is a way to start afresh. [That being said], we need it to happen at the right time and place.”
As for when TVB will be lifting their supposed 'ban' on the actress, Virginia declined to give an exact time frame. “This is such a difficult question. I have to discuss this with [Jacqueline] and the company first. We also have to consider if allowing her to make a comeback at this point of time will help or harm her.”
Another day, another extra-spacious and luxurious celeb home to gawk at. This time round, netizens have zero-ed in on former Miss Hongkong Michelle Reis, who married tycoon Julian Hui in 2008. Since her marriage, Michelle, who gave birth to their only son, Jayden in 2011, has been living the high life. We mean, she recently celebrated her 50th birthday on a S$12.5mil yacht that she and her hubby own.
Recently, Michelle posted a video on Instagram Story where she can be seen strumming a guitar. She also shared that she’s been learning to play the instrument at home and asked her followers to send in some song recommendations for beginners.
But that wasn't what her fans focused on. Instead, they were captivated by the view of lush green hills and towering skyscrapers from the large bay windows behind Michelle.
Similarly, another video Michelle posted of her playing table tennis in her, what we assume, rec room was soon flooded with comments gushing about the view from her home.
According to reports, Michelle and Julian are currently living in the Highcliff, which is a skyscraper located on the south slope of Happy Valley in Hongkong. The 75-storey apartment building also holds the title of being the tallest all-residential building in the world, which explains the gorgeous views from Michelle’s apartment.
An online check shows that a 2,739 sqft, three-bedroom apartment in the Highcliff goes for HK$215mil (S$37mil). Yowza.
Steven Ma Is Now Studying For His Masters In Chinese Medicine, 4 Months After Getting His Executive MBA
Hongkong actor Steven Ma is the literal embodiment of the phrase “lifelong learning”. The 48-year-old only just graduated with an executive MBA from Peking University in April this year, but he has already enrolled for another degree. This time round, the actor will be attending Hong Kong Baptist University’s School of Chinese Medicine.
Steven posted a screenshot of his admission notice on his Weibo on August 3, writing: “This will be yet another test of my time management skills! However, I’ve always believed that when there’s a will, there’s a way. I will try my best, and leave the rest to God. Anticipation! Looking forward to another learning journey!”
According to reports, Steven enrolled in a part-time Masters of Chinese Medicine degree, with classes scheduled to take place three times a week. He will first study the foundational courses for two years, after which he can choose to pursue further studies in the field.
If he chooses to take on the full-time, six year Chinese medicine course after achieving his Masters of Chinese Medicine, he will officially be licensed as a Chinese medicine doctor.
The actor reportedly took up the degree to fulfill his mother’s last wish. When Steven was six, his mum was diagnosed with cancer. Throughout her 22-year battle with cancer, Steven’s mum never gave up hope, and kept detailed records of the various Chinese medicine options available. Her research and newspaper clippings were eventually consolidated into two hardcover books, and have been kept carefully for 40 years.
Selena Gomez knows exactly who she wants to collab with. The songstress recently revealed that she's always had it in her heart to sing a song with her best friend, Taylor Swift.
The "Lose You to Love Me" songstress joined Twitch’s Animal Talking streaming talk show on Wednesday evening, and got candid about her musical collaboration aspirations.
"I’ve always dreamt of doing a song with Taylor," Gomez explained. "We both wanted to do that."
According to Gomez, there's always a possibility that it could happen in the future, as she and Swift have stayed close for years and their relationship has remained solid.
"It just feels like we’re family, I've known her for 13 or 14 years now," Gomez said. "She’s been my best friend, [and] we’ve talked about it, for sure."
When asked outright if it's only "a matter of time" before they work on something, Gomez teasingly said, "You never know!"
Gomez's comments come just a few days after Swift surprised fans with the impromptu release of her latest studio album, Folklore, which has received resounding praise since it first dropped -- along with Swift's music video for her debut single, "Cardigan."
Netizens Link The Wives Of Aaron Kwok & Wilber Pan To A ‘Pickup Artist Training Camp’ For Women Who Want To Marry Stars
Remember that mysterious ‘Amy’ lady who’s been linked to Moka Fang (aka Mrs. Aaron Kwok) and Luna Xuan (aka Mrs. Wilber Pan)? Well, if a recent juicy — very juicy — exposé is to be believed, she may not merely be a friend of theirs. In fact, she could be the one responsible for helping them land such famous husbands.
Amy first caught the public’s attention when Chinese businessman Wang Sicong, the 32-year-old son of Dalian Wanda Group’s billionaire founder Wang Jianlin, mentioned her in a WeChat Moments post that implied her connection to Moka and Luna. Internet sleuths immediately got on the case and managed to uncover old pictures of the three of them together. Now the rumour mill is heating up again thanks to the shocking 'discovery' of a ‘pickup artist training camp’ for women who aim to marry celebrities.
We’ll give you some time to grab the popcorn.
According to an account claiming to be familiar with the Chinese influencer scene, such training camps, which teach people how to ‘fish’ for big stars, have been found in Beijing and Shanghai, and the course is usually divided into four steps.
Step One is, not surprisingly, plastic surgery. “This is a must,” wrote the account. “This is the reason women who have married celebrities over the past few years have the ‘influencer face’ and they all look so similar to each other, like they came out from the same hospital.”
Step Two is to travel to a designated location as a group to take ‘influencer photos’. Under the guidance of their ‘mentor’, the girls will pose for pictures in the same outfit, same hotel, or having the same meal etc. They will also snap pics of the hotel's food and try to pass it off as their own cooking to demonstrate their ‘culinary skills’ and to portray themselves as sweet young women.
Netizens attempted to prove this practice by comparing photos of Luna on her social media accounts to that of other influencers, and they found that many pictures feature almost the exact same backdrops, styling, and poses.
And we have to say, the comparisons (see below) are pretty convincing. It also provides an interesting new take on that whole hoo-ha where Luna was accused of stealing another person’s food pics and claiming them as her own.
We now come to Step Three, which is where the girls follow their mentors to nightclubs or parties and gain access to the private rooms frequented by celebs. The source described Amy as someone with connections to venues that are VIP hot spots, so she has the resources to get her 'students' into such exclusive places.
Once they are in, she will then let the girls showcase the, um, skills that they learned during their training (there are no more details on this part, unfortunately). The mentor’s work isn’t done once a student has successfully managed to exchange contacts with their target, though — the student has to show their conversations to the mentor so that she can be taught how to reply in a way that, as the source described, “has the other party hooked to the point that he can’t get out”. Powerful stuff, but once again, there are no specifics.
When the time is right, they can move on to the Final Step, which is where the mentor asks the girl to let the celeb go public with their relationship by tagging them on social media (which is, by the way, what Aaron and Wilber did). This is so the mentor can prove their success to both current and prospective students, like a resumé or trophy of sorts.
By now you are probably wondering how much it costs to join such an elaborate and high-end matchmaking programme. The source explained that it generally works like “a mortgage and commission”. In the beginning, students only have to pay for their own cosmetic surgery, but once they’ve ‘caught’ a big star, the teacher will start asking them to pay up, and the commission rate reportedly varies according to the celeb’s net worth.
Needless to say, this very epic revelation became a hot topic among netizens, who wrote amusing comments such as: “So easily fooled…”, “This big world is full of wonders”, “Is there an agency that teaches you how to get rich women?” and — our personal favourite — “If they get divorced, can the tuition fee be refunded?”.
It also makes us realise that we read Sicong’s post calling Hongkong and Taiwanese stars “sweet-talkers” wrongly ‘cos it turns out he was talking about them being easily hoodwinked instead. Our bad.
In any case, it looks like Wilber’s warning to rumour-mongers hasn’t really been effective ‘cos this essentially spreads more unflattering info about his new wife.
Alyssa Milano is opening up about her "horrible" COVID-19 symptoms. In an Instagram post on Wednesday, the 47-year-old actress revealed that she tested positive for antibodies, after taking three other tests that indicated she was negative for the coronavirus.
Milano explained that she had been sick for two weeks. She wrote that "everything hurt," she lost her sense of smell, couldn't breathe and "couldn't keep food in me."
"I basically had every Covid symptom," she wrote alongside a photo of herself wearing an oxygen mask. "At the very end of march I took two covid19 tests and both were negative. I also took a covid antibody test (the finger prick test) after I was feeling a bit better. NEGATIVE."
After still having lingering symptoms -- "like, vertigo, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, zero short term memory, and general malaise," she wrote -- she went to get another antibody test. After she got her blood drawn, she tested positive for antibodies.
"I had Covid19. I just want you to be aware that our testing system is flawed and we don’t know the real numbers," she explained. "I also want you to know, this illness is not a hoax. I thought I was dying. It felt like I was dying."
Milano concluded her post by writing that she will be donating plasma in hopes that it might save a life. She also reminded people to "take care of yourselves. Please wash your hands and wear a mask and social distance."
The former Charmed star's post was quickly filled with well wishes and messages of support from her friends and followers.
Milano's post comes a day after it was confirmed that a Who's the Boss? sequel series is in the works. The actress is set to reprise her role as Samantha Micelli, with Tony Danza also reprising his role as Sam's dad, Tony.
"Who’s the Boss? was a very progressive show. A divorced mom, who owned her own business and had a free-spirited mother who made sex jokes, who hires a single dad to be her housekeeper," Milano said in a statement given to reporters on Tuesday. "We were really a modern family in the 80’s. We look forward to making the sequel as thoughtful, smart and relevant to the times today. And make people laugh at the same time."