Jackie Chan has opened up about his dark past in “Never Grow Up,” an explosive new memoir slated for release on Tuesday.
The book, available in print and digital formats, arrives days after Chan’s estranged daughter, Etta Ng, tied the knot with girlfriend Andi Autumn in Canada.
In “Never Grow Up,” Chan revealed details of his “wicked” early life, such as splurging on alcohol and gambling, sleeping with dozens of prostitues and lashing out on his toddler son during a fight with his wife.
He also expressed regret for not learning how to read, write and do the math as a student because he was so busy pulling pranks.
At 15, Chan met his first love — a woman he calls Chang — but admitted to being a “terrible boyfriend” despite the fact that she stuck with him against her parents’ wishes.
Chan said that he often left Hong Kong because he did not want to be with her, and when they hung out together, he picked fights just for fun.
When Chan found himself making money, he splurged on alcohol, gambling, prostitutes and other material things. He also thought of his wealth as a way to get back on those who previously looked down on him.
“I started to carry large amounts of cash at all times. After you live in poverty cash gives you a sense of security. I like having lots of people around me and every meal was with a big gang,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying. “Around 10 years ago I spent $2 million in one year paying for other people’s meals. I gave out extravagant gifts too; watches, cars, custom-made leather jackets, cases of expensive wine.”
Chan also revisited his cheating scandal that erupted in 1999. While married to Joan Lin, the kung fu star had an affair with Elaine Wu, winner of Miss Asia 1990, who would then be Etta’s mother.
He recalled believing his sexist friends’ speculation that Lin, mother of his son Jaycee, got pregnant on purpose because she was only after his money. As a result, he “constantly thought of ways to keep (his) money from her.”
At some point after the scandal, Chan and Lin got into a fight, and the former took it out on their son. According to Chan, he picked up Jaycee with one hand and threw him across the room, sending him into the sofa.
The incident “terrified” Lin, while Chan found himself apologizing for it later.
Interestingly, “Never Grow Up” does not mention Etta, who has since claimed disownment.
Chan, now 64, blames his own immaturity and insecurities for his bad behavior. In his book, he writes about facing the mirror, saying “you’re a real bastard,” before starting to change his ways.
“Never Grow Up” is now available to preorder on Amazon.
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