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Posted: Saturday April 6, 2013 @8:35 p.m. PST
The lover of the late Hong Kong star Leslie Cheung is reportedly seeing a young man who resembles the deceased star
Rumour has it that Daffy Tong has found a new love interest 10 years after his late lover Leslie Cheung’s death.
In memory of his late boyfriend, Daffy publicly expressed his longing for Leslie for the first time in 10 years by dedicating the song ‘Where Are You’ to him on a radio show on Monday.
While attending the “Miss You Much Leslie” exhibition held last week to commemorate the late singer-actor, Daffy also confessed that he still misses Leslie dearly although time has healed his wounds left behind by his death.
Daffy has been keeping a low profile since Leslie’s death and is rarely seen in public. According to the Hong Kong media, Daffy only leaves his house to exercise or meet up with his friends occasionally.
However, the Hong Kong media reported that Daffy has been in close contact with a man around his 20s lately; the man reportedly resembles a young Leslie. Reports claimed that Daffy often meets his rumoured new lover for a badminton game, and the pair would wind up at Daffy’s house after the game.
Responding to the rumours, Leslie’s former manager Florence Chan hopes that the media would leave Daffy alone and give him some private space. “We are all humans, while respecting Leslie, please respect Daffy as well,” she said.
Height: 5′ 9″ (1.75 m)
Leslie Cheung committed suicide on 1 April 2003 at 6:43 pm (HKT). He leapt from the 24th floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, located in the Central district of Hong Kong Island. He left a suicide note saying that he had been suffering from depression. He was 46 years old.
Cheung’s suicide note (translation): “Depression! Many thanks to all my friends. Many thanks to Professor Felice Lieh-mak[Cheung's last psychiatrist]. This year has been so tough. I can’t stand it anymore. Many thanks to Mr. Tong. Many thanks to my family. Many thanks to Sister Fei. In my life I did nothing bad. Why does it have to be like this?”
Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing, nicknamed “Gor Gor”, which means elder brother, was a Hong Kong musician, singer-songwriter, actor, record producer, and film producer.Wikipedia
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It will be 10 years today since Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing took his own life and left his legions of friends and fans with memories frozen in that exact moment.
The city that had raised and nourished him – and that he had once escaped from – didn’t really know how to react to the news as it came down the wires and flashed across television screens. After sitting down to a meal of spaghetti bolognaise at his favourite restaurant in Causeway Bay, Cheung made his way to the Mandarin Oriental in Central and asked for a seat on the balcony outside its health club. He asked for a drink, and for a pen and paper, and then at about 6.40pm, the 46-year-old’s body was found lying on the pavement, 24 floors below.
On the piece of paper, he had written his goodbyes to family and friends and mentioned his depression – a condition most of those close to Cheung knew he had been battling for years.
Cheung had never been far from the spotlight throughout a career that spanned more than two decades. The public had a long-held fascination with a man who had tried to keep his private life away from prying eyes, despite the attention that came with being one of the first Hong Kong celebrities to come out as gay.
In an instant, the city had been robbed of one of its brightest talents, a nuanced and lauded actor, a chart-topping singer and an artist who pushed the boundaries of performance on both stage and screen. It felt at the time like a blow to the very spirit of a city still caught up in the Sars outbreak.