Jackie Chan’s daughter and her girlfriend Andi Autumn make a desperate plea for help via a YouTube video. screngrab via YouTube.
Jackie Chan’s estranged daughter and her girlfriend are homeless, and have made an urgent plea for help and shelter.
A short video that appeared online on Tuesday — but was only picked up by local media outlets today — shows 18-year-old Etta Ng with her 30-year-old girlfriend Andi Autumn revealing that they have been homeless for a month due to homophobic parents.
The plea for help comes following the appearance of CCTV footage of Ng and Autumn in a convenience store, where Ng tells the cashier “I want to find my dad.” Local media reported that the pair had been spotted in Canada, that Ng had quit her job, had not been heard from or seen for months, and that her mother filed a missing persons report in February.
In the video caption, Ng explains that Autumn’s friend is providing temporary shelter but can no longer house them, forcing the couple to “turn to the internet for help as there is strength in numbers.”
Ng adds that the pair are also suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, are “extremely flustered about the whole situation,” and that neither “families, friends, or government services will help them.”
Reading from a sheet of paper, Autumn explains that the pair are not willing to go to a homeless shelter because they will be split up, adding “no one on my Facebook is going to listen to me, and now no one is responding to my phone calls.”
“We’ve pretty much slept under a bridge and other things,” says Ng.
“I don’t even understand what is going on because we’ve gone to the police, we’ve gone to the hospital, the food banks, LGBTQ community shelters, and all of them just don’t give a poo,” says Ng.
“We just wanna let people know what’s going on, because at this point it seems ridiculous that no one can help, I don’t understand.”
The couple did not say in the video where they are.
The relationship between Ng and her mother Elaine Ng has long been fraught with tension, culminating in the younger Ng dropping out of school and moving to North Point with Autumn shortly after coming out as lesbian.
Local media have described Autumn as a model and social media influencer, but in a recent Facebook post, she said she worked as a teacher for eight years.
Responding to questions from on.cc, Ng’s mother Elaine Ng said it was wrong for her daughter to namedrop her father in order to ask for help because he has been absent from most of her life.
When asked about her daughter saying she has PTSD, the elder Ng replies: “Etta has emotional problems. She was seeing a doctor last year, but she hasn’t gone to therapy since she left Hong Kong.”
She also accused Autumn of being a bad influence on her daughter saying: “She’s already 30-something and is a teacher with working experience. How can she tell an 18-year-old girl to film such a video? It’s wrong. I feel that if they have no money, they should go find work. They shouldn’t film a clip telling others they are broke and who Etta’s father is. People all over the world work hard and don’t rely on someone else’s fame to get money.”
She then goes on to say say the pair should not blame their parents, adding: “Many people in Hong Kong get paid low wages, but they still go to work. If they don’t have work, then they’ll film these videos to complain about their parents? How many of these videos would we see in a day then?”
When asked if she had been in contact with her daughter, she replied: “I don’t want to talk about it.”