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Vietnamese artist surprises fans with same-sex marriage

Vietnamese artist surprises fans with same-sex marriage

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 09:59 GMT+7
Vietnamese artist surprises fans with same-sex marriage
Vietnamese artist Hoang Dang Khoa (right) smiles for a photo with Ho Ca on their wedding day in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Supplied

A well-known Vietnamese male artist has announced his same-sex marriage to the public to show his support for the homosexual in his hometown and all over the world.

Hoang Dang Khoa has been a familiar name in the world of cai luong, also known as Vietnamese traditional opera, for the past 20 years.

Khoa has so far contributed to over 200 works of this genre and is one of the lead actors of a well-known theater group in Ho Chi Minh City.

The famous artist really amazed the public in June with his bold decision of getting married to his boyfriend Ho Duy Bao, more popularly known as Ho Ca, despite controversial opinions from their families, colleagues as well as a huge number of Khoa’s fans.

He also shared that his father-in-law and other friends at first convinced him to consider this marriage thoroughly since his fans could turn their back on him at any time and he might lose the bright future ahead.

“I appreciate all of their thoughtful advice, but I’m proud of who I am,” Khoa smiled with confidence.

Dang Khoa and Ho Ca together cut their wedding cake in ultimate happiness. Photo: Supplied
Dang Khoa and Ho Ca together cut their wedding cake in ultimate happiness. Photo: Supplied

Dang Khoa and Ho Ca have been together through many ups and downs in life, including a break-up last Lunar New Year in February.

Like any other couples, they got into relationship quarrels and decided to take a break for a month, but were eventually reunited and chose to stay with each other thanks to the help of Binh Tinh, a close friend of Khoa who is also a cai luong artist.

“We luckily got a chance to communicate and work things out between us before it became too late,” Ho Ca recalled the biggest quarrel of their love.

Khoa decided to visit Ho Ca’s family after a month apart from one another. “The more I got to know him, the more I realized that we were meant to be,” said Khoa about his visit.

Their wedding took place last June in a luxurious restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City as a birthday present from Khoa to his husband, drawing the participation of over 700 guests, which exceeded the estimated number of 500.

“I’m touched by the love and support from my family, friends and also my fans,” Khoa expressed his gratitude towards guests to his wedding.

Dang Khoa and Ho Ca poses for a couple photo shoot. Photo: Supplied
Dang Khoa and Ho Ca poses for a couple photo shoot. Photo: Supplied

Dang Khoa is still working in the showbiz as the host and backstage director of many cai luong plays with the help of his husband in selling tickets, advertising and giving him mental support.

Khoa said that they not only share the same feelings, but also the same determination for work since a long-lasting marriage required both emotion and mutual will to keep moving forward.

“We work hard to fully enjoy our achievements later,” he shared about their life motto.

Their love has got a fairytale-like ending after many hardships, conveying a message that everyone deserves to be loved and cherished despite their sexual orientation.

(This story is the first in a series about Vietnamese who are not shy about their sex orientation and chose to get married against all odds.)

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