Jul 07, 2005|
After my parents divorced I went to live with different relatives, moving every couple of years. I have learned to adapt to different environments since I was eight.
My nanny was the closest person to me during my childhood.
My mum arranged for me go to college in San Francisco. But by then I had already joined Wynners. When you have all that fame in your early 20s, how can you give that up?
I used to believe in love 100 percent, which led to my biggest disaster - my marriage.
In Hollywood once you get a big star in a film, the box office is guaranteed. In Hong Kong, a big star doesn't necessarily sell. Actors have got to be smart in choosing scripts.
Soon after I filed for divorce and bankruptcy I met [80s starlet and singer] Paula Tsui. She said, "Life is a piece of paper. It's always better to have some sketches on it than to be blank."
I am a late-maturing person. Not until I was freed from the marriage did I realize how important it is to be true to myself.
For over 10 years [when I was married] I rarely saw my friends. Strangely, when I was single and bankrupt, all my friends came back.
After the relationship with Teresa I made the decision to play around with women for at least three to five years.
But I met Fan Jiang and we were together for more than 10 years.
My daughter with Fan Jiang was born during a period of financial difficulty. Her birth was the biggest hope and happiness in my life.
There was a time when I could not talk to anyone. Luckily, I have music.
I cannot express my feelings clearly. My closest friends don't necessarily talk a lot, but they do spend a lot of time with me, just to be next to me.
I didn't choose to join Wynners back in 1973. They asked me because I was cheap. I felt playing in bands was cool. It's the equivalent of teenagers playing video games nowadays.
I wasn't good at studying. As long as I can encounter something refreshing, I like it. That's why I'm in showbiz.
My ex-wife thinks I owe her a lot. We could not communicate. Even our daughter Chloe would not talk to her. She's a very special woman. I can't think of any other words to describe her.
I'm proud to be the father of Chloe and Bon Bon, yet I'm sorry they're surrounded by such negative publicity about their parents.
How stupid was I? I promised my ex-wife I would not accept any films with kissing scenes, when I was one of the biggest icons in love stories. That's how stupid I was.
Later I realized you could love someone, but always draw a bottom line.
I have no vision about marriage anymore. It's just a piece of paper.
In 2002, I got in a taxi one day and the driver said, "Hey, Kenny Bee, I'm also bankrupt!" Suddenly, I became a hero for common people.
I've never thought of my daughters having boyfriends. I wouldn't kill them, but I might beat them up.
In showbiz, if you're famous there is always someone to deal with everything you dislike. We're all in this sphere of protection and never understand what's outside it. I've seen through that and now I always think of the consequences before I say anything.