Not many celebrities can say they have been married for over three decades. But Hong Kong actor Chow Yun Fat and his wife are one of the few exceptions.
Their marriage has lasted for 31 years, and it almost did not happen.
In a 15-episode interview with Apple Daily, titled My Husband is Chow Yun Fat, his wife, Jasmine Tan, spoke about their early days as a couple.
The Singaporean revealed that when she first started dating Chow in the mid-80s, the actor had once told her: "You must remember something, I will not marry you."
Before he dated Tan, Chow was once married to Hong Kong actress Candice Yu in 1983, but the two separated after nine months. His experience at a failed marriage could probably be one of the reasons why he thought he would not be marrying again.
Some women would have walked away if their boyfriend told them marriage was not on his cards, but Tan felt differently.
"To me, when you love someone, it is unconditional. You shouldn't think too much about things. Why must you let such things weigh you down?" said Tan in the video interview.
So when Chow randomly popped the question after an overnight shoot in New York for the movie An Autumn's Tale, Tan was shocked.
There was no marriage proposal with a candlelight dinner, a diamond ring or roses. Just a simple: "Why don't we get married?" sealed the deal for the two.
Till today, Tan has never questioned Chow why he decided to marry her when he said he would not.
"I didn't ask him why he changed his mind. There's no need to. He decided to marry me, aren't I considered very lucky indeed? I don't want to ask too much," she explained.
Although the two are known to have been married in 1987, Tan revealed that they had registered their marriage in the United States in 1986 - for just US$15 (S$20).
There was no elaborate ceremony and they did not tell their parents too. So when her father found out that they were married, Tan said he was not happy at all.
"Afterall, I am the eldest daughter in the family. Sometime in 1987, Chow said 'Okay, let's tell your dad that we'll host a wedding banquet'. Everyone thought we married in 1987, but we actually got married in 1986."
The couple officially held a wedding banquet on June 5, 1987, where Tan proclaimed that "heaven has given me the best gift ever, which is to be Chow Yun Fat's wife."
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