Hana Kuk is Financially Stressed Due to Covid-19jessie tan
Although Hana Kuk (菊梓喬) is one of Hong Kong’s most popular singers, the current Covid-19 is causing her financial hardship as she was forced to cancel and postpone her performances. As many people are staying home to avoid going out, Hana has not been receiving any income for months and is struggling financially.
Struggling to Pay Taxes
As one of the top singers in her agency, Hana admitted that her income is not stable and faced difficulties in paying her taxes, “I was stunned when I saw my tax bill. I didn’t know what to do. I don’t know where to borrow money. Since I didn’t save enough money (to pay taxes), I’m in a rough spot. You won’t understand. You need to live with me to see how poor I am.”
Concerned about paying her taxes, Hana shared she will be requesting for tax relief, “I will have to see if it can be done. I need to do it or else I’m really in trouble. The tax is really scary.”
High Living Expense?
With Hana’s rising popularity, she could demand a higher appearance fee to help her financial situation, however Hana disputed the idea, “How much more? Every month, I need to pay for car and apartment rental. Actually my money is used up. My work requires make-up, hair styling, car rental and all of these things cost money. It costs money to eat and these are just the basics. I am very pitiful right now. I don’t have a house. I am still renting. It’s very expensive.”
Hana revealed that her landlord refused to decrease her rent and she will have to move to a cheaper apartment in the future.
How is Hana Staying Positive?
Before the pandemic crisis, Hana was booked to appear in a drama, to open her solo concert in Hong Kong and to have a performance in Los Angeles. Sharing her disappointment with the turn of events, she said, “I was looking forward to going to the United States, but I know that I need to avoid the high-risk activities during the pandemic. I will maintain my positivity and I don’t worry too much. I think money is a small matter, and having good health is more important.”
Adding that her situation is not the worse that can happen, Hana remains optimistic, “Right now, I’m not the only one without anything to do. A lot of friends around me are dealing with work suspension or layoffs. I understand that this hurdle is not easy, but I faced many difficulties in the past. I think I can pass this with patience and with more positive energy. I hope everyone will watch after each other.”
Source: Oriental Daily