On January 3rd, Taiwanese singer-songwriter and actress Enno Cheng publicly came out as gay in a viral Facebook post. Cheng, who married her friend and fellow “Fire Extinguishers” band member Sam Yang in 2015, detailed the young couple’s struggle to reconcile their love with Cheng’s realization of her own sexual identity.
In her post, Cheng thanked her friends, family and fans for their support and forgiveness and declared that although she and Yang are no longer one, they have been able to reconcile and remain steadfast friends.
Cheng explained that their decision to marry was motivated by their emotional compatibility, but ultimately that wasn’t enough. “We were kindred spirits, but I wasn’t able to love his body,” she writes.
She goes on to wish Yang all the best, and hopes that he will one day find a more suitable soul mate in the years to come.
Yang echoed these sentiments in his own Facebook post, and recalling his marriage vows, has reaffirmed his commitment to continue to love and support Cheng in any way that he can.
In what must come as a relief to fans, both musicians have also declared their intent to continue writing and producing music.
Taiwan has long been seen as a relatively LGBT-friendly place, and the timing of their announcement could be seen as fortuitous in the days to come as Taiwan’s national elections draw closer. Opposition leader Tsai Ying-wen is widely expected to sweep this year’s election, and has publicly come out in support of gay marriage.
Have a listen to this rather prescient song by Cheng from her album “Neptune“:
By Stanley Yu