Coming clean about secret significant others seems to be the trend among Asian showbiz hunks of late. Every other week, it seems a new star’s eligibility bites the dust, reports The New Paper.
Taiwan-based singer-actor Wu Chun, 34, set the ball rolling in October by making the shocking public announcement that he is married with two kids.
Last month, Taiwanese actor Nicky Wu, 43, disclosed his romance with Chinese actress Liu Shishi, 26.
As if finding courage from his peers, Taiwanese-American singer-actor Wang Lee-hom, 37, sent shock waves through the industry two weeks ago when he announced online that he had a doctoral student girlfriend named Li Jinglei.
Before fans could catch their breath, Wang dropped a second bombshell, saying they were officially married.
A look at the aforementioned idols who recently opened up on their relationships, and their compatibility with their partners:
1. TAIWANESE-AMERICAN SINGER WANG LEE-HOM, 37, AND LI JINGLEI, 27
Who’s that girl? She is a graduate student at Columbia University in the US and is of mixed Japanese and Taiwanese parentage.
How they met: They were introduced to each other by Wang’s family. They have known each other for 12 years.
Wang’s comments (on Facebook): “I’m lucky to have met a girl to hold hands with and share my future. She’s not in the entertainment business so you don’t know her... (My parents) Wangbaba and Mama love her and I hope you will too.”
Let’s ignore the rumours that Wang swings the other way and focus on the fact that he is indeed married.
Despite the 10-year age gap, Li’s pretty, fresh-faced looks match his handsome mug perfectly, never mind that she reminds one of Wang’s rumoured ex-girlfriend, Taiwanese pop queen A*mei.
Given her academic background, they are well-suited as Wang hails from a well-educated family.
2. TAIWANESE ACTOR NICKY WU, 43, AND LIU SHISHI, 26
Who’s that girl? Chinese actress
How they met: The pair acted as a couple in popular Chinese drama Scarlet Heart that aired in September 2011.
Wu’s comments (on Chinese microblogging site Weibo): “Thank you for all the care and concern. We cherish our relationship as it didn’t come easy, and I hope that everyone will give us the space and time we need to lead our private lives.”
Even though Wu looks like he has not aged one bit over the decades, the 17-year age gap between the pair is hard to ignore, although their supporters have accepted it with nary a protest.
But viewers will be seeing more of the duo as they bring their real-life romance onto the small screen. They play a couple in Scarlet Heart’s sequel and another period drama series produced by Wu.
3. TAIWAN-BASED SINGAPORE ACTOR ANDIE CHEN, 28, AND KATE PANG, 30
Who’s that girl? MediaCorp actress from Taiwan who is based here.
How they met: On the set of Channel 8 drama Joys Of Life last year.
Chen’s comments (on Facebook): “When we first started dating, we decided that keeping a low profile is the healthiest method in maintaining a relationship in this somewhat insane industry.
“About six months ago, it dawned on us that we are indeed each other’s soulmate, and this love is worth a lifetime of effort.”
As both come from the local showbiz industry, Chen and Pang seem to understand each other’s jobs and have the same thoughts when it comes to marriage and family.
They got married recently and she is about three months pregnant
The irony? One is a Taiwanese based in Singapore and the other is a Singaporean based in Taiwan. May their baby bridge the distance between them.
4. K-POP BOY BAND INFINITE MEMBER L, 21, AND KIM DO YEON, 24
Who’s that girl? Internet shopping mall CEO and popular online Korean personality
How they met: Unknown
Agency’s statement: “L had been in a relationship for about four months with the girl.
“At that time, L had brought it up with the agency. To protect him, the company had to conceal the matter.
“We would like to sincerely apologise about this...
“We would like it if L, his girlfriend, and his fans were no longer hurt by this issue.”
Given that L is at his peak now, revealing his relationship with Kim was a bad move.
The couple’s liaison was exposed when Kim started tweeting, hinting at it. L’s agency had to admit to it after online comments escalated.
The public backlash was overwhelming and the couple have broken up. L should just focus on being the fantasy guy of teen girls and enjoy his popularity while it lasts.