Hong Huifang says that spat with fellow actress Pan Lingling is 'not a war'

Mediacorp actress Hong Huifang said that she never expected the news to go public, and had only wanted to tell their mutual friends about it so that "they know what is going on".
Mediacorp actress Hong Huifang said that she never expected the news to go public, and had only wanted to tell their mutual friends about it so that "they know what is going on".PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - In her latest comments on the spat with fellow actress Pan Lingling, Mediacorp actress Hong Huifang said it is "not a war, so there is no winner or loser".

In an interview with Lianhe Wanbao, the 58-year-old added that she never expected the news to go public, and had only wanted to tell their mutual friends about it so that "they know what is going on".

Pan, 49, told the newspaper that Hong "will always be my senior", but that she will not comment further in case her words continue to hurt people.

She added: "This October is the fifth anniversary of me receiving treatment for breast cancer. I just want to live well."

This comes after news broke of Hong severing her long-time friendship with Pan via a lengthy text message, which was sent to around 50 of their mutual friends, including Chen Xiuhuan and Chen Hanwei.

The two actresses have known each other for more than 20 years and have worked together as early as 1988 in the drama, The Golden Quest.

Unhappiness had apparently been brewing between the two for a while, but the last straw was when Pan allegedly made some comments about Hong's children with fellow actor Zheng Geping, daughter Tay Ying, 22, and son Calvert Tay, 18, at a gathering about a month ago.

A text message, allegedly from Hong to Pan, was anonymously sent to Shin Min Daily News, which reported that it contained 1,100 Chinese characters.

Part of the message referred to how Pan had made some comments about Ying's past relationship, which had hurt Ying very much.

 

In it, Pan was also said to have passed comments about Calvert's rumoured current relationship and suggested he get inoculated against sexually transmitted diseases.

Calvert Tay is said to be dating actress Julie Tan.

Pan has since apologised to Tan's mother for slandering her daughter, according to Lianhe Wanbao.

Also included in the alleged message from Hong: "I've decided that after I send out this message, we will only be colleagues.

"Do not anger me anymore! If you do so, I will send this out to more people!"

Hong, her son, Pan and Tan could not be reached for comment.