Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan ‘Never Existed’ in His Daughter’s Life & Did Not Support Her When She ‘Slept Under a Bridge’

Jackie Chan is an actor, stuntman, and director well-known in Asian and American cinema. He is also a renowned philanthropist who had famously declared to give half of his assets to charity after he died. [1] In his confessional memoir Never Grow Up, he opened up about his personal life, including his nouveau-famous days when he was a self-proclaimed “total jerk”. 

Additionally, he included the story of how he cheated on his wife Joan Lin with 1990 Miss Asia, Elaine Ng Yi Lei. He admitted he had “screwed up royally” especially when the news caught wind of the affair before he could confess to Lin. Instead of asking for a divorce, she calmly told him to “go deal with it” while saying she’ll stand by his side if he needs her. At once, Chan realized how terribly he had messed up and began to “respect her more and more”. [2]

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Jackie Chan’s Children: Jaycee and Etta

In Never Grow Up, Chan admitted that he hasn’t always been the best parent, especially as his film schedule kept him busy. However, he stated he believed that “children these days are often misbehaved and should be hit.

He opened up about one incident raising Jaycee — the child he had with Lin — that he deeply regretted. “When [my son Jaycee] was still young, I hit him once, and was very heavy-handed – directly lifting him and throwing him onto the sofa,” he wrote. “That time I really scared him and his mother to death, and I myself was very regretful.” [3]

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Etta (left) with her mother, Elaine Ng. Image Credit: Weibo

Chan doesn’t, however, discuss the child born Etta Ng. Most notably, after Etta came out as a lesbian in 2017, he curtly responded, “If she likes it, that’s fine.” Otherwise, he doesn’t talk about her.

Ng has stated in 2015 that she never considered Chan her real father. She was fifteen at the time of the interview when she said, “He is not my dad. I have no feelings for him. He is my biological father but he is not in my life.” Even when she watched his films, she said, “I would not say that he is my dad. I would say, ‘Oh, Jackie Chan, an actor’.[4]

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Etta and Autumn’s Viral Video

But in 2018, Ng made headlines at age 18 with her girlfriend Andi Autumn who was 30 at the time. They posted a YouTube video from somewhere in Canada where Ng said, “Hi, I’m Jackie Chan’s daughter, Etta, and this is my girlfriend, Andi. We’ve been homeless for a month due to homophobic parents. We’ve pretty much slept under a bridge and other things. We’ve gone to the police, the hospital, food banks, LGBT community, shelters, and all of them just don’t give a s**t.”

Autumn added that “We will have to be split up if we go to any kind of government facility.”

“So that’s why we’re making this video. We don’t know what to do at this point,” Ng concluded. “We just want to let people know what’s going on because at this point it seems ridiculous that no one can help. I don’t understand.”

The original video was deleted but in the caption, the couple explained that Autumn’s friend was hosting them at first but now they were at a loss.

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Etta and Autumn’s Wedding

Etta Eg and wife
Image credit: ettazen | Instagram

The couple had flown from Hong Kong to Canada without telling Elaine, who ended up filing a missing person report. The relationship between the mother and daughter had been tense up until that point, and Elaine didn’t approve of Etta name-dropping her estranged father in the video.

She also seemed to dislike Autumn, calling her a bad influence. “She’s already 30-something and is a teacher with working experience. How can she tell an 18-year-old girl to film such a video? It’s wrong. I feel that if they have no money, they should go find work. They shouldn’t film a clip telling others they are broke and who Etta’s father is. People all over the world work hard and don’t rely on someone else’s fame to get money.” [5]

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Elaine Eg (left) and Etta Eg and wife (right)
Elaine Ng | Weibo, Etta Eg | Instagram

The couple married in Canada before moving back to Hong Kong a year later, where same-sex marriage is not currently legal. “Love is kind, it does not judge. Love is both a strength and a weakness. Love can make a change. Love wins!” Etta wrote in her Instagram post celebrating their marriage. However, this post has since been deleted, along with most of the couple’s social media. [6]

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Sources

  1. “Jackie Chan.Biography. March 31, 2021
  2. “Jackie Chan explains in new book how wife reacted to him having an affair that produced a child.Yahoo. Raechal Shewfelt. December 4, 2018
  3. “Jackie Chan’s Confessional Memoir, ‘Never Grow Up,’ Hits Shelves Tuesday.” Variety. Rebecca Davis. December 3, 2018
  4. “’He is NOT my dad’ Jackie Chan’s estranged daughter admits she’s far from forgiving him.Express. Jessica Earnshaw. June 4, 2015
  5. “‘We’ve been homeless for a month’: Jackie Chan’s daughter posts YouTube video in cry for help.” Coconuts Hong Kong. April 28, 2018
  6. “Jackie Chan’s daughter confirms marriage to Canadian girlfriend.” BBC. November 26, 2018
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