Hong Kong martial artist Jackie Chan made several shocking revelations in his book.
In a candid memoir, Never Give Up, Chan, 64, offers an in-depth look at his life, including his interest in gambling, drinking, prostitution, his marriage troubles, and being an abusive father.
The English version of the book was released on December 4. It was initially published in 2015.
"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."
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The "Come Drink with Me" actor got candid about his past mistakes in detail. He chose to speak rather than shy away from the truth of his actions.
According to a report by the South China Morning Post, Chan described how he was drinking every day in one excerpt.
"I drove drunk 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 wrote.
He then continued to open up about his experiences with prostitutes, revealing he spent all his money on "drinking, gambling, and girls."
Chan additionally discussed cheating on his wife, Joan Lin. He revealed that he had a relationship with the 1990 Miss Asia Elaine Ng Yi Lei.
"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," he wrote. "I wanted to phone Joan but I didn’t know what to say. I wouldn’t be able to explain this."
In the book, the actor didn't speak about his daughter, Etta Ng, who revealed that she is a lesbian in 2017. She is a product of an extra-marital affair.
Chan, meanwhile, spoke about his son, Jaycee. According to him, he hasn't generally been the best dad.
"When [Jaycee] was still young, I hit him once and was very heavy-handed — directly lifting him and throwing him onto the sofa. That time I really scared him and his mother to death, and I myself was very regretful," he wrote.
Many people praised Chan, who has received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for being so open.
The award-winning actor is one of the most recognizable and influential cinematic personalities on the planet. He gained a widespread following in both the Eastern and Western hemispheres.
Aside from being an actor, he is also a globally known philanthropist and has been named as one of the top 10 most charitable celebrities by Forbes magazine.