HONG KONG: American Idol reject William Hung is back in hometown here, where his mother made headlines yesterday by telling him firmly and in public how to behave in a news conference.
Mum's the word on William Hung's life, read a headline in the South China Morning Post, which added that the singing idol's mother carefully guides son's showbiz career.
Hung was about to provide some details about an upcoming film to reporters on Sunday, but his mother, identified only as Mrs Hung, quickly cut him off and told him not to spoil things by revealing too much.
The mother also told a photographer not to shoot her 21-year-old son from below head level because it makes him look ugly, according to the Post account.
Hung lived in this territory as a child and shot to fame in the United States in a bungled but earnest audition for the US talent show American Idol.
Hung won legions of fans by telling the judges he did his best and had no regrets about being panned for an awkward rendition of Ricky Martin's She Bangs.
Hung, who studies in California, went on to sign a record deal and his album Inspiration sold nearly 100,000 copies in a month. AP