Actor Jackie Chan says he felt forced to marry his current wife of 35 years, Taiwanese actress Joan Lin, after she got pregnant in 1982.
The 63-year-old martial artist’s shocking confession was made in a previous interview in 2015, which has since resurfaced.
Speaking candidly with the China Press, Jackie revealed the romance between he and Lin died “a long time ago,” and he only married her for the sake of their son, Jaycee.
“It was an accident which conceived Jaycee,” he admitted. “I have never thought of getting married, but I felt it was akin to being forced to get married.”
The Kung Fu Panda actor also confirmed he had many affairs throughout their marriage, adding he “had many girlfriends” in his youth.
One woman in particular was former beauty queen, Elaine Ng. In 1999, Elaine gave birth to their daughter, Etta Ng, whom she raised by herself. Jackie admitted that his affair with Elaine was a mistake, saying he had “only committed a fault that many men in the world commit.”
According to news outlet Nextshark, Jackie does not currently have a relationship with his daughter — he has reportedly left her out of his will, and has yet to visit Etta in person. The 17-year-old also said her father was “just a stranger” in an interview in 2015.
Earlier this month, Etta made headlines following a brief hospital stay, after an alleged suicide attempt. ~Ashleen Grange