A-listers gasp for air as exes haunt their intertwined celebrity circles

08:34, March 12, 2010      

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Trust me when I say, it is not easy to survive in two inseparable circles: showbiz and media. When you have an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend living, working and socializing in the same circle as you, the situation is twice as chaotic and complicated and almost impossible to deal with.

Ask James Cameron how he felt about losing the Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Film to his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow. Some fans have written to him in their blogs: "Cameron, at least you have been the husband of the Best Director."

Fortunately enough, their less-than-three-year marriage (1989-1991) ended on friendly terms and they will be able to treat each other with courtesy during their inevitable encounters at various film award ceremonies this year. On the contrary, there are those less fortunate couples, who fail to remain friends after breakups, like director Chen Kaige and writer/publisher Hong Huang.

Hong is considered a modern woman while Chen is much more conservative. Hong ended their six-year marriage in 1993, as "the two have personality conflicts." But the divorce did not bring finality to their entanglements.

In a world where no news is bad news, Hong has proved to be an expert at drawing media attention to herself every time Chen has a new film coming out. She grabbed public attention when mocking Chen's 2005 The Promise in her blog, saying that it is too late for her to realize how important it is for a woman to choose her hus-band as all of her friends were laughing at her for having an ex-husband who makes such bad films.

When Forever Enthralled was on in 2008, Hong boldly stated in a TV interview that "the marriage had brought out the worst in her as Chen was surrounded by too many temptations" and that they had not met or talked with each other even once after the divorce.

With Chen now preparing for the release of his latest work Orphan of the Zhao Fam-ily, Hong has once again made a grab for the media spotlight, writing in her micro-blog last week, "Chinese men's sexual preferences are sometimes bizarre. There is a famous director, for example, who likes to suck women's toes." Although she did not name Chen explicitly, most people can put two and two together and guess the culprit in question.

So here are the very first survival rules for relationships in the showbiz and media world:

1. If you find a partner inside the circle, jump out;

2. With a fellow lover, stay in the relationship or end it nicely, or at least pretend to;

3. Even if your ex-lover/now-hater spills all of your beans, keep silent like Chen has done; at least you might win people's sympathy;

4. If you cannot accomplish any of the above, do not be in a relationship at all.

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Source: Global Times/Agencies
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