It has recently been reported that Cecilia Cheung (張柏芝) decided to quit show business after several box office flops.
According to a Jayne stars article, Cecilia’s move to Canada with her two sons, 6-year-old Lucas Tse (謝振軒) and 3-year-old Quintus Tse (謝振南), further fueled retirement speculations.
While Cecilia’s management company confirmed that she has indeed immigrated to Canada, she did not quit making movies and will be back in Hong Kong in late September to resume her work.
Following her divorce from Nicholas Tse (謝霆鋒), Cecilia’s career spiraled downward. The previous Movie Queen is now nicknamed “Box Office Poison” instead. This year, Cecilia only starred in variety programs and advertisement endorsements. With a lackluster career, many believed that Cecilia’s move to Canada confirmed her decision to quit the industry entirely.
Furthermore, Cecilia’s trusted assistant Andygaga resigned from his post and moved to the United States after a heart operation. Introduced by good friend, Blackie Chen (陳建州), Andygaga was a pillar of support to Cecilia through her career as well as her divorce. Without her reliable aide by her side, it was alleged that this was the final push for Cecilia.
Sons’ Canadian Citizenship
It is understood that after her divorce, Cecilia already had plans to leave Hong Kong with her two sons. Since Nicholas grew up in Canada and her half-sister resides there, Cecilia eventually settled on moving her sons’ away from the intrusive eyes of the Hong Kong media. Despite Nicholas’ citizenship, the two boys had to go through much red tape to obtain theirs.
Once moving to Vancouver, Lucas and Quintus quickly adapted their new lives. Lucas will be going to Walnut Road Elementary School as a first grade student while Quintus has been enrolled in a community child care center. With Cecilia’s earlier acquisition of a $7 million HKD house in Canada, it looks like life is settling down for the young family.
Management Company’s Response
Responding to the press’ inquiry, Cecilia’s public representative denied claims that the 33-year-old has retired, “It is indeed true that this year, Cecilia has requested for time off. As a result, many invitations, including promotional events, advertisements, and movie deals were mostly rejected. Right now, Cecilia is taking care of her two sons in Vancouver so we understand.”
Also denying that Cecilia is a “box office poison”, her management company further clarified that Cecilia has film roles waiting for her. Having shortlisted a few scripts, the company will allow Cecilia to choose a script when she returns to Hong Kong in late September.
When Cecilia resumes acting again, Lucas and Quintus will be under the care of Cecilia’s half-sister, Dai Pek Chi (戴碧芝) and a nanny in Canada.