Malaysian-born TVB actress Jacquelin Ch'ng says she never had control in marriage, flew to Taiwan 40 times and initially planned on having a child

Jacquelin Ch'ng and Brian Yang tied the knot in March 2020. Photos: Jacquelin Ch'ng/Instagram

Malaysian-born actress Jacquelin Ch'ng recently dropped more details about her failed marriage with Taiwanese bubble tea businessman Brian Yang.

Speaking to Ming Pao Weekly, the 42-year-old TVB star shared that she never had the upper hand in her marriage, and that she was always the one who was accommodating in the relationship.

"The outside world thinks that I have the upper hand ... that I controlled this marriage. The truth is that even from the start, I felt that this marriage was out of my control.

"Sometimes, he will be irritable and unwilling to cooperate. He requested many things from me and a lot of those demands are beyond my ability to meet," she said.

Ch'ng added that she was aware many saw Yang as the one who always made the effort to accompany her in Hong Kong and not the other way around.

Regarding this matter, the actress clarified that she did travel to Taiwan to meet him. However, he was always reluctant to have her there.

"I suggested meeting him in Taiwan but he kept telling me not to go. I flew there 40 times to meet him before customs closed," she said, adding that she only stopped travelling in 2021 after Taiwan closed its borders due to the pandemic.

Ch'ng and Yang ended their two-year marriage earlier in November after failing to reach a common ground due to conflicting priorities.Ch'ng and Yang ended their two-year marriage earlier in November after failing to reach a common ground due to conflicting priorities.Additionally, Ch'ng revealed that she and her ex-husband initially planned on having a child, and that they had already made a birth plan at the beginning of the year.

"The plan was for me to undergo an intrauterine insemination (IUI) in the middle of the year after my husband and I have settled down in the mainland or Hong Kong. But I never saw the divorce coming," she said.

HK01 reported that the decision to divorce was made in October when the pair was communicating via WhatsApp.

Although Yang never explicitly asked for the divorce during their conversation, Ch'ng remarked that he dropped many hints "expecting her to be the one to ask for it".

"After we made the decision, I isolated myself in a hotel room and cried for two to three days. Later on, I realised that the most important thing is to be open-minded and not be trapped in emotions. So I forced myself to go out as much as possible," she shared.

Ch'ng ended her two-year marriage with Yang earlier in November after determining that the two had conflicting priorities and were unable to come to terms with one another.

Although the TVB actress told Hong Kong media that this unfortunate experience won't deter her from pursuing future relationships, she stressed that she will not be "as trusting as before".

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