Taiwanese-American singer-songwriter Leehom Wang (???) said Monday that he will be bowing out of the entertainment industry for a while and was sorry for "failing" his fans and family.
In a post on the social media platforms Facebook and Weibo, Wang said he had given the matter some thought and concluded that it was a man's duty to take responsibility for his problems.
Backtracking on his comments the previous day, Wang said it was fruitless to point fingers at his ex-wife Lee Jinglei (???) and he will take the blame for everything that had happened in the breakdown of their marriage.
Wang also apologized to his fans and family for his "failure" as a family man and public figure and said he will be more circumspect in his future conduct, following accusations by Lee of emotional abuse, serial infidelity and solicitation of prostitutes during their marriage.
In his post, Wang promised that he will legally transfer the deed for Lee's current residence to her and will provide full financial support for their three children.
Furthermore, Wang said, in an effort to take responsibility for his behavior and make up for lost time with his family, he will take a break from the entertainment industry.
A few days after Wang publicly announced his split from his wife on Dec. 15, she published a series of accusations on Instagram and Weibo, which tainted his clean-cut public image.
After days of silence, Wang responded to the public outcry on Sunday, refuting Lee's accusations of infidelity and saying he would later address them in detail.
He also accused Lee of holding him hostage emotionally and demanding exorbitant alimony payments.
In response to Lee's allegation that he had preyed on her when she was still underage, Wang said that while they had first met in 2003 when Lee was 16, it was another 10 years before they saw each other again.
When they were expecting their first baby, shortly after they began dating, Lee threatened to deny him access to the child unless they got married, Wang said, adding that she even resorted to physical violence.
A recording of his and Lee's discussion of that issue during a 2016 marriage counseling session verifies those facts, Wang said, adding that they had seen five different therapists during their seven years of marriage.
He said that when he and Lee decided in 2020 to get divorced, she threatened him, via a mediator, saying she would destroy his career, and she demanded 200 million Chinese yuan (US$31,363,700) in alimony. They later agreed to a 150 million yuan payment, but Lee has repeatedly complained that it is not enough, according to Wang.
He implored Lee to stop her destructive allegations, for the sake of their children, and he pleaded with her to let him see them.
Soon after Wang posted his comments, Lee shot back on social media, saying that they had been keeping in touch since 2003, and that their divorce negotiations covered only child support and living arrangements.
Stressing that she was the one living in emotional torment, Lee said she and Wang had been to only two therapists during their marriage, and Wang's sole goal at the time was to have her declared mentally ill.
Regarding Wang's reference to the recordings of the counseling sessions, Lee said therapists are required to maintain client confidentiality, and it would be against the law if Wang had secretly made any such recordings.
Later in the day, Lee posted another statement, in which she revealed that she is still legally married to Wang, whom she referred to as a clinically diagnosed narcissist and sex addict.
To Wang, she was nothing more than a baby-making machine, as evidenced by the fact that he asked for a divorce soon after the birth of their third child, Lee said.
She accused Wang of attacking her to divert attention away from his own issues, and she urged him to come clean and verify or refute her accusations.
Lee said she has never prevented Wang from seeing their children and that his tactics were aimed at marginalizing others, as he was trying to do to her by using her Japanese name Michiko Nishimura multiple times in his first posts about their marriage problems.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel