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If young Jay Chou didn't practise piano, he was yelled out by his motherby kelvin@multistars - 2nd March 2009
Jay Chou is 30, a few days ago he spent his 30th birthday with his grandmother, mother and 800 fans. He's been out for 8 years, not only has Jay Chou shown off his talent in music, his results in the movie industry has also been brilliant, seeing him always saying "diao", it seems like it is indeed true.
Jay Chou talks about music, films with plans in mind, his filial actions to his mother often move people, his song "Listen To Mother's Words" became a "national song" Taiwanese students sing, he has also turned around the biased view of "single parent kids have lots of problems".
Jay Chou was born into a family of teachers, his mother, an "arts teacher", sent him to he start learning piano at 4, but the little boy likes to play, the practise time is long and it's inevitable he can't sit still, Jay Chou remembers that time and says smiling: "My mother was really fierce in the past, every time I practised she would be watching me by the side, as soon as I stopped being serious she would hit my fingers with a pencil, it really hurt."
He said, he remembers one time he didn't practise, his mother was really angry, without any consideration of his reputation she yelled "OK, if you don't want to learn piano that get out", after she said that she forcefully dragged him out. At that time he put down being a rebel for a moment, he grabbed the chair and yelled "I don't want to! Don't put me out."
On the other hand when mother Chou thinks about her 4 year old son's face when playing the piano, a lot of sweet memories came back, she said smiling: "When Jay was young he was very good at playing the fool, he often wrote plays and performed them at home to me, at that time I took him to learn the piano, the teacher thought he had potential." Towards how her son is now an Asian heavenly king worth billions, she could never had imagined that, she kept her smile back saying: "In the past I thought the most he would be was a piano teacher!"
Jay Chou's life suddenly changed when he was in seventh grade, he was faced with the decision of his parents getting divorced, this made him complain "Why does it have to be like this?", but the next second of his complaint must be to "grow up quickly". He said with some heartache: "I remember back then mother often seemed like crying, it made me very sad seeing it. Actually since I was young I have thought about being different to other people, like the more single parent the kid is, the more he shouldn't become bad, because his parent's relationship is already tense enough, the kid cannot become even more bad to make it worse for them."
The helplessness is that besides his results in music at school, he was no good at the other subjects, and because his English was really bad, he failed to get into University twice, "At that time I knew that my mother as a teacher would be very hurt, but she never yelled at me, and she didn't give up on me."
Thanks to mother Chou's persistence, Jay Chou was allowed to continue to show his talent, and step onto the path of music. When he was 14, he wrote his first piece, after he graduated from high school he signed for Jacky Wu and was arranged to play and sing at the Local King restaurant, he was there 2 days of the week and earned an average of 1500 yuan a week, even though he had some tips but it was not enough to make ends meet, in order to concentrate on his album as well as saving money, he took the office as his home.
Seeing her son in hardship, mother Chou often drove from Linkou to his office to bring him food and fresh clothes, afterwards because he saw his mother always having to go back and forth, and plus he was gradually getting more popular, he generously spent 50 million on a luxury house in Taipei city for his mother, he also let mother Chou handle all the decorations in the house, "Because she's been working hard all her life, from now on this is where she will enjoy a happy life."
After becoming popular, mother Chou accompanies her son to different places in the world for work, but even if she has become a "star mother", she still does things with a low profile, she sees the colleagues at her son's company has her own, no matter if it's a birthday, new year, she would be very courteous, sometimes because her son likes to eat fried rice noodles and meat balls, she would come cook at the office.
Mother Chou not only cares about her son's colleague, for many years she and Jay Chou have done charitable things, no matter if it's a fan hurt in a car accident, or a fan with cancer, Jay Chou and his mother would sneak past the paparazzi and visit the hospital.
It's rare for Hero Chou to be at the company watching TV, but as soon as he sees news reports kids and families in poverty, he would immediately remind his colleagues "hey, write down the number, quickly help me donate", everyone is used to it, towards the generosity of him they just go ahead and do it.
Jay Chou smiled saying: "Actually in these past few years my mother hardly touches my music and work, it was only that time when I put my middle finger up at the paparazzi that she yelled at me, she wanted me to have manners towards others, because I'm an idol, my actions must be of those that are proper.
Since coming out, Jay Chou has become very popular, his money making skills are exquisite, every year he makes a billion and is number one, last year it was even rumoured he earned 7 billion, he's spokesperson for stuff all over his body. But, the outside world are curious about his way of handling finances, yet at the end he still likes being the filial son, he lets his mother handle all the finances, the only thing he loves doing is buying cars, he even has a high interest in buying houses. But he once complained: "If I saw a pretty good house and I said to my mother I wanted to buy it for investment, she usually shakes her head, she only believes in brother Rong's (Yang Jun Rong) views, because she always thinks I'm a child, I'm actually pretty in when it comes to houses.
Apart from her son buying houses, mother Chou has more suspicion, Jay Chou's big spending on cars, mother Chou dares not ask about it, she always tells her son "Money is hard to make, save it up". But, These few years, Hero Chou has bought over 10 antique cars, motorbikes and sports cars, even the bat mobile was one that he finally got by throwing a tantrum to his mother.
Last month at his birthday party Jay Chou made a wish, he wants to buy a world limited edition Lamborghini Revonten which costs near 90 million yuan after customs as a birthday present after hearing this mother Chou shook her head "no" right there and then, she only gave him a "batman model" as a present, the filial Jay Chou could only continue to beat around the bush "buying cars is a kind of way to save money, cars can keep their value", hoping his mother can get soft hearted and agree.
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