Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, a Hong Kong billionaire first came on to the scene late 2012 when he declined to accept his daughter Gigi‘s civil union to her lesbian partner of eight years. At the time he offered 500 million Hong kong dollars to the man who could convince her to marry him.
He then doubled it recently, insisting that Gigi, 34 was ‘still single’, despite the fact that she married her long-term partner Sean Eav two years ago.
Gigi initially laughed that shit off, but last week she went public with her plea for daddy to understand that she is gay, and that if it is as easy as he thinks to change her sexual orientation, he should lead by example.
Now the father of three has taken his offer off the table and said the money is ‘staying in his pocket.’
‘If Gigi’s said that this is what she chooses, then it’s all over,’
‘I can’t say I am happy with her choice,’ he said. ‘If this is her choice then it’s for her.’
That said he will not be accepting his daughter’s partner into his family. Bixch be damned.
‘I have no intention of mixing my life with her life,’ Cecil Chao said. ‘But if this is what she wants, then I respect her choice.’
Following the publication of an open letter to her father, Gigi Chao told she will enter a straight marriage, when her father enters a gay one.
Told Gigi: ‘Since Dad thinks it’s so easy for me to switch from gay to straight, I should just leave it for him to demonstrate. I think I’ll marry a man when he marries a man.’
In the letter published by South China Morning Post, Ms Chao reaches out to her father, asking for him to come to terms with the fact that she is a lesbian.
In the letter, which starts ‘Dear
Disrespectful self entitled billionaire Daddy’, Gigi explains that although her love for him has not changed, the time has come for her father to accept her sexual orientation and her partner, Sean Eav, whom she has been with for nine years.
‘I must have misled you to hope there were other options for me,’ she writes.
‘I know it’s difficult for you to understand how I could feel romantically attracted to a woman; I suppose I can’t really explain it either. It just happens, peacefully and gently, and after so many years, we still love each other very much.
‘Now, I’m not asking you to be best of friends; however, it would mean the world to me if you could just not be so terrified of her [partner Sean Eav], and treat her like a normal, dignified human being.
I understand it is difficult for you to understand, let alone accept this truth.’
‘I’ve spent a lot of time figuring out who I am, what is important in my life, who I love and how best to live life, as an expression of all these questions.
‘I am proud of my life, and I would not choose to live it any other way (except also figuring out how to be gentler on the planet).
‘I’m sorry to mislead you to think I was only in a lesbian relationship because there was a shortage of good, suitable men in Hong Kong.
‘There are plenty of good men, they are just not for me.’
It was not until news of Gigi and Sean Eve’s union was printed in the Hong Kong tabloids that the Hong Kong billionaire promised the million HKD fortune to any potential male suitor able to walk Gigi down the aisle.
Gigi had already told daddy about her wedding, and said he was ‘surprised and unpleasantly shocked,’ but urged her not to make it public.
When the plea for a man for Gigi spread over the world, the offers came pouring in.
‘War veterans from the US, someone from Ethiopia, from Istanbul, South America, Portugal, really just from all over the world,’ Ms Chao said.
One American suitor wrote: “I’m interested in the offer. I am a male person, who also happens to be gay”.’
Gigi, an executive director at her father’s property development company, part-time pilot, and founder of anti-poverty charity Faith in Love Foundation, has maintained throughout her father’s persistent quest that she knows he is only doing it out because of
his distrust of same sex unions of love and concern.
‘I understand that he loves me, it’s just he’s from another time and it’s difficult for him to understand the plight of the LGBT.
‘At the office it’s business as usual. At family gatherings we hug and dance. And we just agree to disagree on what marriage is and family is.’
And then there was this comment on the web that made me wonder too:
Her father has the reputation of being a playboy (which is a nice way of saying he’s a whoremaster) and that’s okay because it’s HIS life! I guess she doesn’t get a say about HER life. I know homophobic parents who disown their gay child,but this guy goes over the top! I,too,think she is handling this with poise and grace,but when will it stop? It’s truly a sad,sad situation. If he loves his daughter,he has to love all of her,not just what he chooses.