Cecil Chao, a Chinese billionaire, and real estate mogul, is offering $180,000,000 to any man who is willing to marry his daughter Gigi.
Gigi Chao, 34, is a lesbian and already married to Sean Eav. They have been together for over ten years. Two years ago, they got married, but Gigi’s father refused to accept the relationship.
Gigi even wrote an open letter to her father to accept the fact that she is a lesbian.
“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 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. 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, which 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.”
Still, her father didn’t accept their relationship. And now, he is offering $180,000,000 to any man who is willing to marry his daughter.
Gigi recently said that she is ready to marry a man only after her father marries a man as well.
‘Since Dad thinks it’s so easy for me to switch from gay to straight, I should just leave it for him to demonstrate. I think I’ll marry a man when he marries a man,’ she told The Times.
Gigi has also said that her love for her father has not changed even after all this controversy. She said: “At the office, it’s business as usual. At family gatherings, we hug and dance. And we just agree to disagree on what marriage is and family is,”
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