Going solo proved to be successful, when Wu won the 1993 Best New Artist award in Hong Kong, accompanied by the box office success of the Tsui Hark movie, The Butterfly Lovers, the following year in which he starred as the male protagonist, Liang Shangbo, alongside Charlie Yeung.

Nicky continued starring in other films such as Love in the Time of Twilight (1995), Thunder Cops (1996) and Never Say Goodbye (2001) though none of these films were able to match the critical and commercial success of The Butterfly Lovers.

This newly-formed relationship had drawn criticism from the media, for Ma Yashu was rumored as "the third woman", in connection with Ada Choi.

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Nicky is the second child of the Wu family, with one older and one younger brother.

He has been described as being athletic in his childhood, having participated in Judo and Taekwondo.

Moreover, Nicky was the provincial Taiwanese Tae Kwon Do champion for three consecutive years.

Nicky also excelled academically during this time, consistently being placed amongst the top three in his class.

Going solo proved to be successful, when Wu won the 1993 Best New Artist award in Hong Kong, accompanied by the box office success of the Tsui Hark movie, .

His musical success, however, earned him the title of one of Taiwan's "four small heavenly kings" (given to the four most popular teen idols of the 1990s) along with Alec Su, Jimmy Lin and Takeshi Kaneshiro. Wu currently provides the voice of Dexter, in the Chinese version of Dexter's Laboratory.

His efforts in these two disciplines earned him three black belts in Judo and five in Tae Kwon Do.

Moreover, Nicky was the provincial Taiwanese Tae Kwon Do champion for three consecutive years.[citation needed] Nicky also excelled academically during, this time, consistently being placed amongst the top three in his class.

After selling millions of copies, the band was forcibly put on hiatus due to Julian Chen's compulsory military service.

Nicky continued in the entertainment industry by himself, branching out into Mandarin and Cantonese albums, with hit singles such as "Best Wishes to You" and "Waiting Day by Day".

The ceremony was officiated by Damian Lau, who played Nicky's father, Emperor Kangxi, in Scarlet Heart.