Actor Shane Pow has made his first public statement following his recent drink driving charge on Apr 22.
Pow, who left Mediacorp on May 4 after the company terminated his contract, wrote a lengthy apology on Instagram on Wednesday (May 5).
In the note, Pow, who is 30, started out by saying that he has had a rough few weeks. He then apologised to his “family, friends and everyone who has shown me love and support”.
“I made a mistake and I regret it deeply with all of my heart. I am sorry that I let you down,” he added.
The actor thanked Mediacorp and his managers for the opportunities they had given him and apologised for the trouble he had caused. “I should have known better and be a better role model,” he admitted.
Mediacorp said in a statement on Apr 26 that it would “part ways” with the actor following his recent run-ins with the law. Apart from the drink driving offence – his second – that took place in September last year, Pow was also part of a group of people who breached COVID-19 restrictions at a birthday party in October last year.
If convicted of his latest drink driving charge, Pow faces a driving ban of at least five years as a repeat offender, a jail term of up to two years and a fine of between S$5,000 and S$20,000.
He continued in the post: “I have to be responsible for my actions and face the consequences that I deserve and accept whatever punishment that comes my way. But I will make certain that this is the last of it. It is a hard lesson but I will better myself and come out stronger than before.”
The actor left Mediacorp after completing his work on the upcoming Channel 8 drama The Heartland Hero. His role in the long-form series has been recast; Pow completed filming up to episode 31 and actor James Seah will take over the role for the rest of the 130-episode drama.
He ended his post by saying that he can only hope that “when all is said and done, you will find it in your heart to forgive my mistakes and allow me another chance to prove my sincerity once more”.
Pow’s celebrity friends have written messages of support in response to his post. Chantalle Ng wrote, “We love you Shane!” while Ben Tan said, “We are all behind you”. Cynthia Koh wrote: “Mistakes we all make, most importantly is how you pick yourself up.”