Gigi Chao is hoping that Cecil, her father, will finally accept her for who she is and be more open to her sexual orientation and longtime girlfriend.
HONG KONG (CNN) — The lesbian daughter of a Hong Kong tycoon who has offered millions of dollars to any man who can win her heart is asking him to come to terms with her sexuality.
“As your daughter, I would want nothing more than to make you happy,” Gigi Chao writes to her father, Cecil, in an open letter published Wednesday in two local newspapers. “But in terms of relationships, your expectations of me and the reality of who I am, are not coherent.”
Cecil Chao, a wealthy real estate developer, made headlines around the world in 2012 when he offered 500 million Hong Kong dollars (roughly $65 million) to any man who succeeded in marrying his daughter.
The only requirement is that the man “loves my daughter, and she loves him,” he said at the time.
He proposed the multimillion dollar dowry after it emerged that Gigi Chao and her longtime female partner, Sean Eav, had their relationship blessed in a church ceremony in Paris.
His refusal to accept the relationship leaped back into the news in Hong Kong this month after a Malaysian newspaper that interviewed him reported that he might be willing to double his dowry offer.
Men are ‘just not for me’
The renewed media glare appears to have prompted Gigi Chao, 34, to pen her heartfelt letter. She confirmed to CNN that she wrote it.
“I am sorry that people have been saying insensitive things about you lately,” she writes to her father, stressing that she “will always forgive you for thinking the way you do, because I know you think you are acting in my best interests.”
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