Jackie Chan calls himself a 'a real 'b***ard' as he admits to cheating on his wife, visiting prostitutes and being an abusive father
His book was first published in Chinese in 2015 but has not been translated into English until now. In an excerpt from the book, the star says he was a 'total jerk' in the past
Jackie Chan has made some startling revelations about his personal life. In an excerpt from his memoir ' Never Grow Up' that has been translated into English for the first time since its release in 2015, he opens up about cheating on his wife, hitting his son and his tryst with alcoholism and prostitution.
In an excerpt from the book, the legendary star calls himself a "total jerk" as he details his affair outside his marriage. “In 1999, I made a serious mistake,” he writes. "When the news broke about an affair I’d had that resulted in a child, the media frenzy was like a bomb going off. I wanted to phone Joan but I didn’t know what to say,” he continued. “I wouldn’t be able to explain this.” Chan has a 36-year-old son — Jaycee — with Lin, and a 19-year-old daughter — Etta Ng — from his affair with beauty queen Elaine Ng Yi Lei. Though he doesn't discuss Etta in the book, he talks about his son. “When [my son Jaycee] was still young, I hit him once and was very heavy-handed — directly lifting him and throwing him onto the sofa. That time I really scared him and his mother to death, and I myself was very regretful.”
The 'Rush Hour' star also opened up about his problems with drinking and prostitution. “Going out and drinking every night did start to erode my professionalism. I went through a phase that was known as ‘one before lunch, one after lunch. If I was called to the studio at seven in the morning, I’d arrive at noon […] I’d show up in dark glasses, looking listless. Why the dark glasses? To hide the fact that my face was puffy from a night of drinking."
He continued with darker details about his personal life writing, “Even though I made next to nothing, I spent all my wages on drinking, gambling, and girls. We all did. I remember the first time I went to a club. I was shy but acted like a big man, anyway. The girl who served me – I knew her as Number Nine – was beautiful, with a sweet personality. On my second visit, I simply asked, ‘Is Number Nine here?’ And that’s how it was every time after that."
Jeremy Tiang, the book’s Singaporean translator, told Variety that the English version is unabridged. “I was pleasantly surprised by how frank and open this book is,” Tiang said. “Though there was a co-writer involved, it felt as if Jackie Chan was speaking very much from the heart, and coming clean about even the less noble aspects of himself and his past. Chan is clearly a complicated person, and this book will allow fans to learn about aspects of his personality they may not have previously been aware of.”
Chan's personal life was in the news lately and it was not by his own admission. His 19-year-old daughter, Etta Ng, recently married her 31-year-old Canadian girlfriend. She shared the news on Instagram and it was partly captioned: "We have been in the pursuit of happiness the day we were born. Abused as children who never felt love, we have so much to give."
Earlier during the year she even complained to the media that she and her girlfriend were homeless because of their homophobic parents. Jackie and Etta never have had a good relationship. Speaking to Express, Etta made it a point to let the world know that she and the actor are not on good terms. She said that he “never existed in my life. I will never regard him as a father.” “I would not say that he is my dad. I would say, ‘Oh, Jackie Chan, an actor,'” she had said.