SINGAPORE – Taiwanese-American singer Wang Leehom has finally responded to his ex-wife’s allegations following two full days of silence.
On Sunday night (Dec 19), the 45-year-old hit back at his ex-wife Lee Jinglei’s nine-page post accusing him of multiple infidelities, solicitation of prostitutes and verbally bullying her during their marriage. Lee, 35, released the expose on Friday night (Dec 17), two days after Wang confirmed they were divorcing.
In a four-page post on his social media accounts, Wang denies ever cheating on Lee: “I can say with absolute certainty that I was never unfaithful in our marriage.”
He began the post by saying: “This is the hardest day of my life. It has been a painful, gigantic nightmare. My dilemma is this: If I rebut these untruths levelled at me, it’ll reflect badly on the mother of my three children. But if I don’t, people will believe the rumours about me.”
He clarifies several claims Lee makes about their romance and marriage. Lee says that they first met when she was 16 and that Wang courted her and behaved flirtatiously and intimately with her then.
Rebutting this version of events, Wang says: “I first got to know Michiko Nishimura (the name I knew her by then) in 2003 after one of my concerts. But we lost contact for about 10 years after this.”
Lee Jinglei, who is half-Japanese, also has a Japanese name. Wang attached screenshots of two e-mails to verify his account. In it, Wang says he has not seen Lee “in forever” and Lee opens her reply to Wang with: “Hello stranger! Long time (no see)!”
On their marriage, Wang claims that Lee forced him to wed her when she fell pregnant shortly after they began dating. “I was very happy because I’ve always wanted to have children. But we had not yet arrived at the stage of discussing marriage.”
He says that Lee threw a tantrum and insisted that they marry immediately, or she shall “disappear with the baby in her tummy and never be found again”.
Wang adds: “Our marriage began on Nov 27, 2013 and lasted until our separation on Aug 5, 2019. I lived under fear, extortion and threats for these five years and eight months.”
He also denies not giving Lee her fair share of assets after their split. He alleges that Lee agreed to receive around 150 million yuan (S$32.2 million) from the divorce.
Attaching extracts of what looks like legal documents relating to the couple’s divorce, Wang says Lee has half of their Bel Air property in California, valued at US$12 million (S$16.4 million) and half of their investment account, which holds around US$15.7 million.
Wang adds that he also agreed to give Lee 210, 000 yuan (S$45,000) in monthly allowance and provide her with a nanny, chauffeur, car and maid to maintain her lifestyle.