On August 13, Vanness Wu (吳建豪) officially announced his marriage to girlfriend Arissa Cheo (石貞善).
According to Oriental Daily, Vanness and Arissa first met on the set of his 2006 music video “My Kingdom” <我的王國>. The two dated for a year but split up since Arissa was studying in the United States at the time.
Despite their split, Vanness and Arissa remained friendly and kept in touch throughout the years. In 2010, reporters caught the couple holding hands in public, prompting further rumors. Vanness later confirmed the news and took their relationship public.
In June of 2012, Vanness and Arissa became engaged. Although the couple had plans to marry, their relationship suffered from gossips alleging that Arissa frequented night clubs and may have even cheated on Vanness.
Arissa’s father, a wealthy Singaporean businessman, also disapproved of Vanness due to his involvement in the entertainment industry. However, Vanness and Arissa faced these obstacles bravely, and in March, Vanness finally earned Mr. Cheo’s acceptance during a family vacation in Xi Hu, China.
Marriage rumors first surfaced when fans spotted the couple in Singapore on August 7, his 35th birthday. He later arrived in Hong Kong to promote his new album Different Man and accepted a radio station interview.
When asked, Vanness denied filing for marriage and said, “I am close to that age [to marry]. My little wedding must be very private and intimate. I care a lot about privacy.”
Perhaps he was simply waiting for the right moment. On August 13, which happens to be the Chinese Valentine’s Day, Vanness finally made his official announcement.
On Weibo, he posted a graphic of a young Vanness and Arissa sharing a heart-shaped cake under the moonlight. On the photo were the words “As it was always meant to be… Let’s fall in love again.”
Accompanying the photo is a message in Chinese, “I was impulsive! God bless everyone. Van Ness Wu and Arissa Cheo have submitted their notice of marriage on August 9, 2013 per Singaporean laws. We hope to share our bliss with all of our friends, and also hope that everyone will give us your blessing.”