Kenneth Ma‘s (馬國明) days as TVB’s hottest bachelor ended when his romance with model Jackie Xu (徐佳琦), also known as Jackie X, was exposed last month.
Kenneth was spotted driving Jackie home after a dinner date, and the public’s interest in the background of Kenneth’s new girlfriend was stirred.
Although the pair insisted that they were only getting to know each other, sources claim that Kenneth and Jackie have been dating for 11 months. They met in 2012 through a mutual friend and remained in contact, and their romance blossoming last November.
With their relationship growing steadily, Kenneth has reportedly introduced Jackie to his family, said Jayne Stars.
Managed by Universal International, Jackie had minor roles in Inferno 3D <逃出生天> and TVB drama ICAC Investigators 2014 <廉政行動2014>. Jackie went to Hong Kong to expand on her career opportunities, but visits her parents in Shanghai every six months.
Jackie’s frugality is compatible with Kenneth’s simple lifestyle. Hoping to save more more money, the 26-year-old is rumored to be living in a subdivided apartment.
Jackie said, “The rent is Hong Kong is very expensive, so I’ll rather live in a small space to save more money.” Asked if her working and living conditions are harsh, Jackie quickly answered, “No, not harsh at all because I’m doing work I love.”
Asked about her date with Kenneth two weeks ago, Jackie said, “We were eating out with friends that night. Since dinner ended late, I think it’s very reasonable for a man to drive a woman home at night.
"When we stopped the car, reporters’ camera lights suddenly started flashing. I don’t know if I should continue to meet him for dinner again!”
When it comes to love, Jackie believes in fate. She also looks for other qualities such as “filial piety, attentiveness, and good behavior”.
Jackie complimented that the men she met in Hong Kong have been filial and responsible towards their family.
Due to the gap between their careers and popularity, skeptics wondered if Jackie may be using her date with Kenneth to drum up publicity for herself.
Jackie said, “If you are photographed with a more famous male celebrity, people tend to say this in Hong Kong. I’m prepared for people to say this! But should I avoid making friends with more successful people in the future?”