May-December romance for Leon Lai

Hong Kong singer-actor Leon Lai and his girlfriend.

HONG KONG - Heavenly King Leon Lai has struck up a low-key romance with a model young enough to be his daughter, says Apple Daily.

Singer-actor Lai, 47, met the model, whose age is about 23, at a gathering of friends before he began to pursue her passionately, reported the newspaper, citing an unnamed source. The report did not name his new love, but said she bore a slight resemblance to model Gaile Lai, 33, his former wife.

To protect the couple's privacy, he has arranged for his new companion to live in The Cullinan, a luxury residential complex in West Kowloon with tight security (W Hong Kong takes up 25 floors of one tower), said the newspaper.

After she moved in around the middle of last year, residents have seen him there frequently, said the report. But he is always sporting a mask and a hat pulled low and scurrying off when he is recognised, according to the residents.

Determined to leave no trail for the paparazzi, the two rarely go out, said the newspaper. When they do, they go to private clubs or take cruises, said the report.

According to Apple Daily, Lai has been spending more time sailing after his divorce, which was announced in late 2012. He has always felt safer at sea, away from prying eyes, and after his marriage broke down and his mood hit rock bottom, he sailed frequently with friends. His friends would turn up with a few models to liven things up.

His spokesman did not respond to a request for comment, said the newspaper.

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