Rumors are running wild in Hong Kong that Etta Ng, the estranged daughter of Jackie Chan, may have attempted to commit suicide after she checked herself into the hospital following a tumultuous few weeks of family drama.
Etta left Hong Kong on Friday for a Thailand getaway with her mother’s friends after her mother, former beauty queen Elaine Ng, was arrested for the second time. However, she decided to cut the trip short, secretly returning to Hong Kong two days later and checking into a hospital soon after landing.
Yesterday, Ng rushed to the hospital to see her 17-year-old daughter. When asked by Oriental Daily if Etta had tried to kill herself, Ng did not reply, only sighing and saying “I’m really sorry.”
Posts that Etta has made on her social media accounts in the past have raised concerns about the teen’s mental health. According to Asia One, before leaving for her Thailand trip, Etta wrote on Facebook: “Leaving HK for a bit tomorrow. I’m still alive, for those who are wondering.” Additionally, last year she shared a number of articles about depression and suicide on social media, Ming Pao reports.
Last month, Ng was detained after allegedly fighting with some of Etta’s friends. Ng later said that the dispute started when she found a packet of sedatives in her daughter’s room.
Ng was first arrested last year after her daughter accused her of child abuse. Later, Etta explained that she had reported her mother because she was worried about her drinking problem.
Etta was born in 1999. She was raised in Shanghai before moving to Hong Kong with her mother in 2011. She has never had a relationship with her father, calling him “just a stranger,” in a 2015 interview.
For his part, Chan admitted that his affair with Ng had been a mistake, saying that he had “only committed a fault that many men in the world commit.” Ng decided to raise Etta on her own, and Chan has said that he doesn’t plan to leave anything in his will to his daughter.
Chan married Taiwanese actress Joan Lin back in 1982. The couple have one son, Jaycee Chan, who infamously was arrested in 2014 when police raided his Beijing apartment, seizing more than 100 grams of marijuana. He was later sentenced to six months of jail time.
[Images via MingPao]
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