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Lau offers apologies over marriage lies

HONG Kong actor and singer Andy Lau has apologized for lying about his marriage, saying he behaved inappropriately for a public figure.
Lau denied he was married in an interview with Hong Kong's Cable TV in February.
However, Hong Kong journalists last week discovered marriage records from the Clark County Recorder's Office in the United States' Nevada that showed the 47-year-old star had wed Malaysian girlfriend Carol Chu in June 2008.
Lau confirmed the wedding in a brief message on his Website late on Saturday, saying he did not announce the marriage because he wanted to shield Chu from the press.
Speaking publicly about the issue for the first time on Tuesday afternoon, Lau said he was sorry he deceived the press and the public.
"My recent behavior amounts to a lie," Lau said at Hong Kong's airport after returning from Beijing, where he was filming a music video.
"It disappointed many people. Because I'm a public figure, I think I should publicly apologize to everyone who believed me. I hope everyone will forgive me."
Critics said Lau lied about his marriage to protect his "idol" image.
One of Asia's biggest celebrities, the star of "Infernal Affairs" and "House of Flying Daggers" has appeared in more than 100 movies sincen his debut in 1982.
Dubbed one of Chinese pop's "Four Heavenly Kings" in the 1990s, he also enjoys a successful recording career.
Lau denied on Tuesday that he and his wife have any children.
He said on his Website on Saturday that he and Chu had married so they could try to have children through artificial insemination, which is only authorized for married couples in Hong Kong.


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