Former beauty queen and actress Michelle Reis has been haunted by gold digging rumours for many years. Although the 45-year-old had a successful career in the Hong Kong film industry, the public always seemed to be way more interested in her love life.
According to Jaynestars, Michelle faced intense public scrutiny through the years due to her publicised relationships.
Prior to entering the Miss Hong Kong pageant in 1988, Michelle dated Joe Nieh, now husband of Vivian Chow. It was also rumored that she had dated Leon Lai briefly.
After winning the MHK title, Michelle was pursued by billionaire Joseph Lau, who was then married to the late Teresa Bo. Their illegitimate relationship lasted for a few years.
Last week, Michelle appeared on an episode of A Day With Luyu, where she opened up about her past relationships and how she decided to reset her life after breaking up with the married Joseph Lau.
“At the time, I believed that love was between two people,” Michelle said when recalling her relationship with Joseph Lau. “I didn’t want to let go. But then more people started to get involved, and I was done. It was a lesson for me.”
Following Michelle, Joseph Lau became linked with other famous Hong Kong actresses, including Rosamund Kwan and Ada Choi. Michelle’s image went south, and she lost faith in love.
After breaking up with Joseph, she stayed single for the next five years.
“I didn’t want to date anymore,” Michelle admitted. “I was scared. Scared of hearing noises, scared of hearing people talking about me. It was harder for me to trust people again.”
Michelle first met her current husband, Julian Hui, when she was taking part in the Miss Hong Kong pageant in 1988.
Julian also sent her flowers, but he chose to stay anonymous, not even leaving behind a phone number. The couple did not meet again until many years later, and their relationship went public in 2006.
As Julian also comes from a wealthy and privileged family like Joseph Lau, Michelle once again came under fire for being a gold digger.
Michelle dislikes the term, but did admit that she does not find anything wrong with liking a man who has money.
“I like a man who is successful in his career,” said Michelle. “I like a man who can take control of his family, someone who is aggressive.”
The former actress then admitted, “Yes, [career and money] are important. A part of what I find him attractive is that he is able to assume responsibilities of many things. It is not a quality that he must have, but it is something I find very attractive.”
Michelle has long-learned to ignore the public’s perception of her.
“If I marry a poor man, the public would say that the man is useless and only relying on me. If I marry a rich man, I become a gold digger.”