New details of Taiwanese singer Stella Chang’s divorce from banker Sung Hsueh-jen have emerged, and not only are they juicy, they also make us feel very poor.
According to reporters, it was actually Stella who initiated the divorce, not her ex-husband as previously believed. The 53-year-old star had her lawyer file a complaint with the Taipei District Court requesting to end her 15-year marriage to Hsueh-jen and to divide their assets.
The main reason for the divorce was ‘cos Stella felt like she had lost her identity in her marriage and was made to feel like an outsider in her own home due to Hsueh-jen’s controlling behaviour. She reportedly needed to seek his approval before doing anything, and she had once complained about him being too strict and insecure.
Sources claim that Stella felt this way for a long time, but she tried to endure it for the sake of her and Hsueh-jen’s two sons, who are 13 and 14. However, now that the boys are studying abroad and spending more time overseas, she finally made the decision to file for divorce.
After the complaint was filed, Stella and Hsueh-jen went to the Family Court sometime in early June and quickly reached a consensus regarding their divorce and property distribution.
It’s said that she could have easily sought at least NT$7bil (S$330mil) in marital property, but in the end, her lawyer settled with asking for NT$1.6bil (S$75.5mil) worth of Hsueh-jen’s assets, including NT$1.3bil (S$61.5mil) in cash and stocks, as well as a NT$300mil (S$14.2mil) luxury villa. Both parties immediately agreed to this and the mediation was settled in just half a day.
While that’s a seriously massive sum of money, it’s only about 10 per cent of Hsueh-jen’s net worth. Yes, the 67-year-old “godfather of investment banking” is worth a whopping NT$15bil (S$708mil).
Even without Hsueh-jen, Stella is already wealthy in her own right — she reportedly has a net worth of NT$500mil (S$23.6mil). Despite giving up her massively successful career at the request of her ex-husband, she enjoys a considerable income from royalties and her investment in a hair salon in Taipei, which is named after her.
Although she used to gush about “marrying well”, insiders allege that she had already begun contemplating a divorce as early as their second year of marriage. After she gave birth to their first child in 2005, the family moved from Taiwan to Hongkong, and Hsueh-jen ruled their fancy Repulse Bay residence with an iron fist, setting clear regulations about everything from what their sons should eat to their meal times to even the temperature setting of the air-conditioner.
And as if that wasn’t bad enough, Stella once said, “My husband doesn’t support anything I do, he only supports me raising our children. He is happiest when I don’t involve him in anything else.”