Chinese companies drop Wang Leehom over alleged infidelity

  • By Jake Chung / Editor-in-Chief, with CNA

Three Chinese companies yesterday canceled their partnership with Taiwanese-American singer-songwriter Wang Leehom (王力宏) after his wife, Lee Jing-lei (李 靚 蕾), accused him on Friday of having extramarital affairs.

Wang wrote on Facebook on Wednesday that he and his wife for eight years had filed for divorce.

“We have different ideas and plans for our future, so we decided to go our separate ways. Although we have filed for divorce, we will still be a family, ”Wang wrote. “I wish I had done enough in our marriage over the past few years.”

Photo: Wang Wen-lin, Taipei Times

Lee in a lengthy social media post said Wang openly had sex and intercourse with prostitutes, adding that he pressured her to agree to a divorce to protect the reputations of the women he dated.

Lee also said that members of Wang’s family abused her emotionally.

Yesterday, the Chinese subsidiary of automaker Infiniti said in a statement that it “immediately put into effect the end of its partnership with Wang.”

Photo: Sean Chao, Taipei Times

The move came just a day after Infiniti said Wang would act as its brand ambassador.

Electronics company Dushulang also announced that it would end its contract with Wang.

Chow Tai Seng Jewelry said his contract with Wang ended on November 30 and he would not consider renewing the partnership.

In her post, Lee, a graduate of Princeton and Columbia Universities, said Wang pushed her to lead a life where she ultimately chose to give up her career.

She said that when they first met, Wang, then 26, chased her when she was 16 and Lee was in a relationship with another woman.

Wang arrived in Taiwan from Beijing yesterday and did not comment on the charges before entering mandatory quarantine.

Wang, 45, and Lee married in the United States in November 2013. They have three children.

Wang’s career began when he released his first album Mandopop in Taiwan in 1995. Since then he has released 15 albums, written and produced songs for others, and appeared in several films.

Wang has won four Golden Melody Awards – Taiwan’s top music awards – two for best singer and two for best album producer.

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