The bond between a father and his daughter is a very special relationship. The father serves as the daughter’s knight in shining armor until the time comes when a different man could prove how worthy he is to claim her hand in marriage.
But what if the daughter refuses to get married especially to a man she doesn’t love? What if the father insists that she should marry despite not having feelings for the person?
It sounds exactly like the plot of a drama show but that is exactly what happened to real-life billionaire Cecil Chao Sze-tsung and his daughter Gigi.
Gigi is nto just an ordinary woman and she was already engaged. As it turns out, she came out to her father as a lesbian when she decided to get engaged to another woman, her long-time partner Sean Eav.
Due to his popularity and conservative nature, this news angered Cecil which is why he decided to offer a $65 million dowry, which increased to $180 million, to any man who would be willing to marry his daughter.
Since Gigi and Sean have already been seeing each other for 9 years, they eventually decided to arrange their wedding which was held in France last 2012.
Gigi refused his father’s offer and said that she would only marry a man if her father would marry a man too.
In a letter, she expressed her feelings to her father. In it, she said:
“Dear Daddy,I thought the timing was right for us to have a candid conversation.You are one of the most mentally astute, energetic yet well-mannered and hard-working people this humble earth has ever known.Your confidence, quick wit, and charisma brightens any room you enter.I love you very much, and I think I can speak for my brothers also, that we have the utmost respect for you as a father and role model in business.I am sorry that people have been saying insensitive things about you lately. The truth is, they don’t understand that I will always forgive you for thinking the way you do, because I know you think you are acting in my best interests. And we both don’t care if anybody else understands.As your daughter, I would want nothing more than to make you happy. But in terms of relationships, your expectations of me and the reality of who I am, are not coherent.I am responsible for some of this misplaced expectation, because I must have misled you to hope there were other options for me. You know I’ve had male lovers in the past, and I’ve had happy, albeit short-lived, relationships. I found myself temporarily happy, buoyed by the freshness, the attention, the interest, of someone physically stronger than myself.But it was always short-lived, as I quickly lost patience, and felt an indescribable discomfort in their presence. It usually made me frustrated, and I would yearn for my freedom again. I’ve broken a few hearts, hearts of good, honest and loving men, and I’m sorry that it had to be so.But with Sean, a woman, somehow it was different. I am comfortable and satisfied with my life and completely at ease with her. I know it’s difficult for you to understand how I could feel romantically attracted to a woman; I suppose I can’t really explain it either. It just happens, peacefully and gently, and after so many years, we still love each other very much.My regret is that you have no idea how happy I am with my life, and there are aspects of my life that you don’t share. I suppose we don’t need each other’s approval for our romantic relationships, and I am sure your relationships are really fantastic too.However, I do love my partner Sean, who does a good job of looking after me, ensuring I am fed, bathed and warm enough every day, and generally cheering me up to be a happy, jolly girl. She is a large part of my life, and I am a better person because of her.Now, I’m not asking you to be best of friends; however, it would mean the world to me if you could just not be so terrified of her, and treat her like a normal, dignified human being.I understand it is difficult for you to understand, let alone accept this truth.I’ve spent a lot of time figuring out who I am, what is important in my life, who I love and how best to live life, as an expression of all these questions. I am proud of my life, and I would not choose to live it any other way (except also figuring out how to be gentler on the planet).I’m sorry to mislead you to think I was only in a lesbian relationship because there was a shortage of good, suitable men in Hong Kong.There are plenty of good men, they are just not for me.Wishing you happiness.Patiently yours,Your daughter, Gigi.”
In the end, love won. This just proves that no amount of money could ever replace love.
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