Joan Lin Is Jackie Chan’s Wife of over 4 Decades Who Was Also an Actress
Jackie Chan's wife, Joan Lin, stayed with him despite his affair that resulted in a child while they were still married. The couple has been married for more than 40 years.
Jackie Chan found fame for his incredible acting and daredevil stunts in movies. However, when he isn't in front of the cameras, Jackie is at home with his longtime wife, Joan Lin.
While Jackie is famous in Hollywood, his wife is a well-known actress in her home country. She found fame long before she met him and was the major celebrity between the two when they hooked up.
More about Jackie Chan's Wife, Joan Lin
On June 30, 1953, Joan was born Feng-Jiao Lin in Taiwan. Like her future husband, she had a keen interest in the entertainment industry and became a movie star, long before him.
Joan made more than 100 films in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and some of the work she has done includes 1974's "Shaolin Long Arm." In 1979, she appeared in "Xiao Cheng Gu Shi" and "He Never Gives Up." After Joan and Jackie married, they only welcomed one child.
Joan Lin and Jackie Chan's Marriage, Family & Infidelity
Jackie and Joan tied the knot on December 1, 1982, and the couple had only one child, Jaycee Chan. On the actor's website, he's seen posing alongside their son, who followed his parents into the entertainment industry by becoming a singer and an actor.
She acknowledged that he might be her biological father but he isn't a part of her life.
Joan's son has an Instagram account with less than 100 posts, featuring his family and personal life. He has over half a million followers and follows less than 300 people.
While his parents have been together for over four decades, it hasn't always been smooth sailing. Jackie, who once showed love to his wife while giving an acceptance speech at an awards ceremony, had also broken her heart.
In 2016, Jackie gave a touching speech while receiving an Honorary Oscar Award. At the time, he mentioned his family by thanking his wife, Joan, and son, Jaycee, and gave a special shout-out to his stunt team.
However, things weren't always well in his marriage. In 1998, Jackie met Elaine Ng Yi-Lei, a beauty queen in Hong Kong. The pair started having an affair, and a year later, their daughter, Etta Ng Chok Lam, was born.
The duo had already separated when Etta arrived. When the news of his infidelity went public, Jackie defended himself, saying he had "only committed a fault that every single man in the world commits," and left Elaine to raise their daughter alone while struggling with alcoholism.
Jackie Chan's Estrangement from Daughter
Etta, who studied in Switzerland, revealed in 2015 that she was nowhere near forgiving her father despite all the years that had passed. Aged 15 at the time, she said:
"He is not my dad. I have no feelings for him."
She acknowledged that he might be her biological father but he isn't a part of her life. Jackie's daughter shared how he'd never existed in her life and that she would never regard him as her father. Joan's stepdaughter said she wouldn't call him her "dad" but would refer to him as "Jackie Chan, an actor."