Hong Kong actress Carina Lau turned 49 on Sunday (Dec 7) and she said something rather unexpected at her birthday bash.
At the glamorous themed party held at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Lau reportedly "reproached" Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress Faye Wong candidly for not "giving her face", according to Xin MSN.
Lau expressed her gratitude to Wong for attending the party and flying to Hong Kong even though media attention was on her re-ignited relationship with Hong Kong actor Nicholas Tse, who had recently divorced fellow Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung.
"All guests are welcome to come up on stage. If you are my friend, you'd naturally sing for me. But there are some friends who wouldn't (do it) even if I ask them to, just like Faye Wong," Lau said at the party.
Lau also spoke about her decision of not inviting Wong's ex-husband Li Yapeng and boyfriend Tse, and called good friend a "troublesome guest" in the process, reported the local entertainment website.
She added: "My words are sincere. I really wanted to invite Yapeng but it seemed very 'inconvenient'. I wanted to get Nicholas to come as well, but Faye was concerned that he would steal the limelight."
Lau, who was Queen Carina that night, greeted her guests with husband, Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Chiu Wai. The showbiz veteran had 50-pound notes printed with her face on it instead of Queen Elizabeth, according to Sing Tao Daily.
Ming Pao Daily News reported that she wore a black and white dress which she donned at the 1995 Golden Horse Awards and paired it with a pearl necklace.
According to The Straits Times, Lau also "swirled in the gown for a series of selfies", before she changed into a second outfit for the evening - a red dress.
Guests who were invited to the birthday party included Cherie Chung, Rosamund Kwan, Faye Wong, Vicki Zhao, Liu Xiaoqing, Chen Kaige, Chingmy Yau, Ray Lui and Eric Tsang, according to Apple Daily.
In addition, Xin MSN reported that Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung performed a song "New York, New York" as a birthday gift to Lau.