One can only wonder the immense pain she's going through.
But Hong Kong's veteran actress Michelle Yim, who lost her boyfriend of 26 years Wan Chi Keung to cancer recently, merely gave a smile and said it's not hard on her.
The veteran specially travelled here for last Sunday's Thong Chai Charity Night, in a little more than a month since her longtime beau passed away from nasopharyngeal cancer on 16 Feb.
Giving her first interview since his passing, Michelle appeared in good spirits during the event. When asked how affected she is by her boyfriend's death, she replied, "I've started working for quite some time. It's not that bad."
Widely lauded for sticking with Wan for the past 18 years and her fortitude in the wake of his death, Michelle resumed filming for her drama Women Hurt the Most almost immediately.
She agreed to the charity appearance more than a month ago.
"I don't mix work with personal matters. No matter what happens, I believe in staying optimistic and not affecting others," said the beautiful star, who added that she did not want to disrupt the schedules of her co-stars.
For the Thong Chai show, Michelle performed only one song but during her performance, the donation calls spiked by almost 20,000, a testament to her universal and timeless appeal. The aspiring artist also donated a painting of hers that eventually received a bid of $30,000.
The star also carried weight, literally, when it came to her outfit. Famed Hong Kong designer Barney Cheng specially prepared a dress peppered with Swarovski crystals for Michelle, while her glittery, eye-catching bracelet was from Lily and Ray.
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