Chan ad­mits mis­takes in mem­oir

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Jackie Chan has opened up about cheat­ing on his wife in his mem­oir Never Grow Up.

The Rush Hour star ac­knowl­edges that he was un­faith­ful to his wife, Joan Lin, with 1990’s Miss Asia, Elaine Ng Yi Lei — an af­fair that re­sulted in Chan’s daugh­ter Etta.

“In 1999, I made a se­ri­ous mis­take. 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. I wouldn’t be able to ex­plain this,” he wrote, re­veal­ing how guilty he felt and how Lin, whom he mar­ried in 1982, stuck by him.

“She is a strong woman, stronger than I am in many ways,” he added.

The star also con­fessed that he once pun­ished his son Jaycee, his child with Lin, by throw­ing him across the room when he was two years old.

“I picked him up with one hand and flung him across the room, and he crashed into the sofa. With the amount of force I used, if he’d hit the back or arm­rests, it could have been quite se­ri­ous,” the 64-yearold ad­mit­ted, ac­cord­ing to CNN.

Chan said he re­gret­ted his ac­tions “im­me­di­ately” and vowed never to re­peat them, adding, “I take my prom­ises se­ri­ously, and I’m a man of my word. I never threw him again or hit him.”

Else­where in the mem­oir, Chan ad­mit­ted he had “a big chip on my shoul­der” and was a “nasty jerk” after he found in­ter­na­tional fame, as he was of­ten drunk and couldn’t con­trol his spend­ing — wast­ing money on gam­bling and pros­ti­tutes.

“I drunk-drove all the time. In the morn­ing, I’d crash my Porsche, then in the evening, I’d to­tal a Mercedes-Benz. All day long, I went around in a haze,” he re­vealed, adding that he would threaten to punch any pho­tog­ra­phers try­ing to take pic­tures of the crash scene.

Never Grow Up, a fol­lowup to 1998 book I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Ac­tion, was first re­leased in Chi­nese in 2015 and its English trans­la­tion was pub­lished Tues­day.


In his Mem­oir, Never Grow Up, ac­tion film star Jackie Chan ad­mits to fa­ther­ing a child amid an af­fair, throw­ing his young son by his wife across a room, and driv­ing drunk many times.

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