Actor Bobby Au Yeung discusses being tagged as 'gold digger' due to wealthy wife

By Nhu Anh   June 26, 2024 | 07:10 pm PT
Hong Kong actor Bobby Au Yeung recounted experiences of being labeled a “gold digger” due to his wife Rosanna Fu’s affluent background.
Hong Kong actor Bobby Au Yeung (R) and his wife Rosanna Fu. Photo from Fus Weibo

Hong Kong actor Bobby Au Yeung (R) and his wife Rosanna Fu. Photo from Fu's Weibo

The actor opened up about these challenges during an interview with HK01, revealing that he had no initial knowledge of Fu’s wealth when they met in the early 1990s. He was attracted to her elegance and they quickly connected through meaningful conversations without any notions of arrogance from Fu.

Their relationship gained extensive media attention after paparazzi photographed Fu picking Au Yeung up in her car, which exposed her wealthy status. This led to multiple reports suggesting that Au Yeung was financially dependent on his girlfriend.

Even after Au Yeung purchased a car with his own money, accusations surfaced that he was using Fu’s funds. These allegations added considerable stress and pressure on him.

After Au Yeung and his wife married in 1996, accusations that he was a "gold digger" and supported by his wife’s family for career advancement intensified. Despite his success in acting, the gossip took a toll on him until a childhood friend advised him to disregard external opinions to protect his time with Fu.

Together for 28 years, Au Yeung and Fu have supported each other in both their careers and personal lives, choosing not to have children for greater personal freedom. In 2013, Au Yeung suffered a health scare with acute pneumonia that resulted in a coma, during which Fu was his primary caretaker. This stressful period caused her to lose weight, and upon his recovery, they shared a poignant moment of relief and tears.

Determined to lead a healthier life, Au Yeung resolved to reduce alcohol consumption and work less intensely.

The 64-year-old actor began his career at TVB in 1982, achieving fame a decade later with "The File of Justice." he is known for his roles in popular series such as "Armed Reaction," "Forensic Heroes," and "The Legendary Four Aces."

His notable contribution to the industry was recognized in 2007 when he became the first Hong Kong actor nominated for Best Actor at the International Emmy Awards for his role in "Dicey Business."

His wife is believed to be a successor to Fu Lo Yung, a gambling tycoon in Macau.

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