I was never unfaithful: Singer Wang Leehom responds to claims of infidelity

Wang Leehom alleges that Lee Jinglei agreed to receive around 150 million yuan (S$32.2 million) from the divorce. PHOTO: WANG LEEHOM/INSTAGRAM

SINGAPORE - Taiwanese-American singer Wang Leehom has finally responded to his former wife's allegations following two full days of silence.

On Sunday night (Dec 19), the 45-year-old hit back at his former 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 last Friday night, two days after Wang confirmed they were divorcing.

In a four-page post on his social media accounts, Wang denied ever cheating on Lee. He wrote: "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 clarified several claims Lee made about their romance and marriage. Lee said 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 said: "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 said he has not seen Lee "in forever" and Lee opened her reply to Wang with: "Hello stranger! Long time (no see)!"

On their marriage, Wang claimed that Lee forced him to wed her when she became 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 said that Lee threw a tantrum and insisted that they marry immediately, or she shall "disappear with the baby in her tummy and never (to) be found again".

Wang added: "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 denied not giving Lee her fair share of assets after their split. He alleged that Lee agreed to receive around 150 million yuan (S$32.2 million) from the divorce.

Attaching extracts of what looked like legal documents relating to the couple's divorce, Wang said 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 added that he also agreed to give Lee 210,000 yuan in monthly allowance and provide her with a nanny, chauffeur, car and maid to maintain her lifestyle.

"This is in the hopes that Jinglei can lead a comfortable life, but she feels that this is not enough," he said.

He pleaded with Lee to think of their three children, aged three to seven, and to stop airing their affairs on the Internet. Wang implied that he currently has no access to his kids. "I'm begging you to let me see them," he said. The couple have two daughters and a son.

In his concluding paragraphs, Lee apologised to his parents. His father released an open letter on Sunday, which claimed Wang led a hellish life after marrying Lee. Lee hit back at the statement, calling it "lies" and said she will sue the father-and-son duo if they did not apologise for defaming her.

Wang wrote: "Thank you for your handwritten letter last night. I have burdened my parents with the mistakes I've made in my marriage. I am deeply apologetic."

Lee swiftly responded to Wang in the early hours of Monday morning, refuting Wang's claims, saying: "Nice try."

In particular, she pointed out that the Bel Air property and the investment account are assets that the two had owned individually and are not part of Wang's divorce settlement to her.

She also attached another extract of a legal document in which Lee supposedly relinquishes Wang from any duty to support and maintain her post-divorce.

Singaporean twin pop duo BY2's Yumi claimed that she was Wang's former girlfriend. The two began dating in 2012 and broke up in 2013. PHOTO: YUMISECRETS/INSTAGRAM

In another thread of the saga, Singaporean twin pop duo BY2's Yumi, who was rumoured to be involved in an extramarital affair with Wang, released a long statement on Sunday as well.

In it, she denied seeing Wang after he got married and claimed that she was Wang's former girlfriend. She said the two began dating in 2012 and broke up in 2013, before Wang got married.

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