Donnie Yen shares proud daddy moment and secret to happy marriage

February 01, 2019
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    What do Donnie Yen and Jet Li have in common? Besides being acclaimed martial arts movie stars, they’re both proud daddies as well.

    Last Christmas, Jet updated his social media accounts with photos of his teen daughters last Christmas. And now, it’s Donnie’s turn.

    On Wednesday (Jan 30), Donnie shared a glowing post about his 15-year-old daughter, Jasmine’s first feature in magazine Cosmopolitan HK.

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    Donnie’s Instagram and Facebook posts were accompanied by photos from Jasmine’s photoshoot, with a caption that read: “Daughter, @jasmineyenofficial amazing how time had flown by so quickly, you have become a young beautify [sic] little woman already! Thank you @oliviatsanghk for these gorgeous photos in her first HK Cosmopolitan feature!”

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    However, some users felt that some of the clothes and poses might have been a tad too mature for her and weren’t afraid to sound off in the comments.

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    Nevertheless, Donnie’s fans showed up with an overwhelming outpour of love, support and congratulations on his daughter’s success and beauty, with many commenting that she’s taking after her mum,Cecilia Wang, who was a former beauty queen and model.

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    The couple seemed to have been opening doors into showbiz for their daughter. Jasmine had previously showed off her singing chops at a fundraising ball for the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

    Now, she can add modelling to her resume.

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    They also have two sons James, 11, and Jeff, 23. The latter is Donnie’s child from his short-lived first marriage to advertising executive Leung Zing Ci.

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    In a 2016 interview with The Straits Times when he was promoting Ip Man 3, the 55-year-old said: “I’m not the type of actor who takes on certain roles just for the satisfaction of having conquered that type of role. I have a goal for my film career. I want to make films that make a difference.

    “I want to bring positive messages to society. That’s why I purposely choose these roles and films. It’s not just so that my family can watch my films together, but because these are my beliefs.”

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    His upright nature is one of the reasons his wife Cecilia found him attractive. The former beauty queen, who represented her native Toronto at the Miss Chinese International beauty pageant in 2000, recalls the days when they started dating in 2003.

    The 37-year-old told The Straits Times: “I wasn’t too aware of his background actually because I don’t watch a lot of films, especially Chinese films, since I grew up in Toronto.

    “But I just felt like, wow, this guy is really honest. So even though we dated for a short time before he proposed, I just knew it was right because I felt like I wanted to see him every day.”

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    The couple reportedly dated for only three months before they got engaged. They are known for being very loving and family-oriented.

    What is the secret to their happy marriage?

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    “It’s all about ‘happy wife, happy life’. I think it’s important that men be more tolerant, so I listen to my wife,” he shared.

    “Besides, she always makes the better and more thoughtful decisions for our family, so I trust her completely.”

    His wife quipped: “For his own good, he should listen to me.”

    A version of this article first appeared in Asiaone and The Straits Times.

    (Photos: Instagram/donnieyenofficial, jasmineyenofficial)

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