Wong You-nam, HK singer and actor, opens up about shouldering HK$7 million debt for father and experiencing relationship heartbreak

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    21st April 2024 – (Hong Kong) Singer and actor Wong You-nam, aged 40, has been relatively quiet on the creative front lately, but he recently made an appearance on the YouTube channel “Runawayjoke” for a special one-day couple segment with host Daphne Wong. During their interaction, Wong opened up about a past financial struggle where he found himself burdened with his father’s debt of HK$7 million (approximately US$900,000), leading to the unfortunate end of his relationship at that time.

    Presently single, Wong You-nam appears noticeably more content than before. He acknowledged the immense pressure his profession puts on his significant other, and he revealed that in the past, he had to make the difficult decision to separate from his girlfriend due to the ongoing financial strain. He shared, “I used to be deeply in love with someone and we were in a relationship for a long time. However, I knew that I had to keep repaying the debt, and I couldn’t provide the kind of life she deserved. It was heartbreaking, but I had to be honest and tell her that I had fallen in love with someone else.”

    Wong You-nam is well-known in the entertainment industry for his filial piety. Previously, he collapsed during a film premiere in Beijing, which brought to light his extraordinary efforts to help his father repay the debts. He worked tirelessly by taking on numerous martial arts film roles, with 70% of his earnings dedicated to debt repayment. He limited his monthly expenses to a mere HK$2,500 and often found himself without enough money for meals.

    After a year of hard work with his team Shine, Wong faced another setback when his father’s printing company faced financial difficulties, resulting in a debt of around HK$7 million. Wong expressed his perspective, saying, “I have always told my father not to feel like a burden. He provided me with a good life, and I believe the pressure is greater on my family.” Despite the hardships, Wong never complained about his father and successfully cleared the debt by 2009, gradually getting his career back on track.