Mainland Chinese actor Wen Zhang (文章) and his wife, actress Ma Yili (馬伊琍), were recently spotted at a restaurant together, sparking rumors that Yili had forgiven her husband after he cheated on her with actress Yao Di (姚笛).
According to an article in Jayne Stars, in late March, news broke that Wen Zhang and Yao Di were in an extramarital affair, with photographs showing them behaving intimately in Shenzhen and Hong Kong. According to reports, they had been involved ever since collaborating in the 2011 drama Naked Wedding <裸婚時代>. After several days of silence, Wen Zhang issued a public apology on Sina Weibo, claiming that he did not deserve his wife’s forgiveness but that he would make up for his wrongdoing.
On April 12, Wen Zhang, Ma Yili, and their five-year-old daughter, Wen Junzhu, were seen eating together at a restaurant. Currently pregnant with their second child, Ma Yili was dressed in somewhat formal clothing, while Wen Zhang was dressed more leisurely.
After a while, the family was joined by three other people, one of them being screenwriter Wang Qinan (汪啓楠). Wang, who is currently employed by Huayi Brothers Media, is known for penning the 2010 drama Legends of the Message <風聲傳奇> and the hit 2012 romance film Love <愛>.
Though the purpose of the meeting is uncertain, it seems to suggest that Ma Yili has decided to forgive Wen Zhang for his infidelity and refocus on work. By placing their unhappy past behind them and drawing attention to a possible upcoming collaboration, Ma Yili may be hoping to protect her daughter and future child from unwanted media attention, as well as salvage what is left of Wen Zhang’s professional reputation.