Eason Chan is often seen as the open-minded, relaxed dad to his 16-year-old daughter, Constance. He and his wife Hilary Tsui were reportedly fine with Constance dating at 14.
But what was Eason like as a child? The 45-year-old Hong Kong singer has revealed himself to be quite the rascal when he was young. He opens up in a tell-all series of videos titled Mama with Me on Facebook since Saturday (May 9), discussing his relationship with his mum.
Eason recalled a time when he threw a royal tantrum and cried when his mum didn’t buy him toys. “I remembered I said some nasty things to her. It wasn’t as bad as telling her to die, but I think I was the type of child who bullies his mother,” he said in Cantonese.
In times like these, Mrs Chan would often huff and tell him: “I can’t be bothered with you!”
‘I’ll kill myself if you cane me again!’
But the most dramatic incident — and don’t follow this, kids — was when he threatened to kill himself to stop his mother from caning him.
“I can’t remember what I did wrong, but she was chasing me around our home with a cane. I dodged her by hiding under the ping-pong table and scooting around the table legs. When I got the chance, I ran into the kitchen and took the kitchen knife,” Eason said.
“I held the knife to my neck and told her, ‘I’ll kill myself if you cane me again!’ I think I was only six or seven years old.
When his mum saw what he did, she simply sighed and said that she couldn’t be bothered with him before walking away.
Eason added: “Looking back, I wonder how there could possibly be such a kid like this. It’s like (the famous Cantonese phrase), ‘better to have given birth to a piece of char siew (barbecued pork) than to you’.”
Watch Eason’s Mama With Me episode 1 here.
And here’s episode 2.
A version of this article first appeared on Asiaone.
(Photo: Screengrabs from Facebook/Eason Chan)
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