Taiwanese singer Elva Hsiao has raised eyebrows with a Facebook post she made on her birthday. On August 24, the 40-year-old posted a series of selfies with budding Chinese actor Justin Huang and captioned it with, “Love is us being together”.
Fans were quick to congratulate her on her new relationship, although the pair was rumoured to have been dating from as far back as two years ago. However, not all is well for her as netizens also slammed her going out with a much younger guy. He is 24, which makes him 16 years younger than Elva.
They also dug out photos of Justin being dropped off at her apartment when he was 22, and netizens have questioned why Elva seems to only date – or in their words, “prey on” – younger men.
This is not the first time that Elva has dated a younger man. Her most famous ex-boyfriend Kai Ko, whom she dated for two years, is 12 years younger than her.
After she went public with the news, an insider claimed that she decided to do so because she finds Justin a reliable partner. He was by her side when she needed him the most, and she is even said to be considering marriage for the first time in her life.
As for their age gap, which is the most fiercely debated issue among netizens following her announcement, Elva reportedly feels that there is nothing wrong with it, and that the public should not judge her for it. She is said to be considering taking legal action against those who make personal attacks against her.
Celebrity couple Feng Shaofeng and Zanilia Zhao welcomed their first child, a son nicknamed ‘Pao Pao’ in March.
Zanilia, who has been on an extended hiatus since last September, finally made her return to the spotlight for a Huawei event in Beijing. Dressed in a Reem Acra dress, the 31-year-old instantly became one of the hottest topics on Weibo for her enviable figure.
“Is that the body of someone who gave birth less than half a year ago?” one netizen wrote in disbelief, as they noted that she looks even better than she did before going on break. The white dress also showed off her slim waist and toned arms.
Fans were understandably excited to see her return to spotlight, as many speculated about what her next acting project will be.
She registered her marriage with Shaofeng last October, and if recent rumours are to be believed, they might be jetting over to Bali in October for their much-delayed wedding ceremony. They are known to prefer to keep their private lives out of the spotlight, and are unlikely to speak out on the speculation.
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Learning a new language can be a tricky affair, as Chinese reality show, Chinese Restaurant 3 proved once again. A picture of a menu thought up by the show's celebrity cast has been making the rounds online recently due to the sheer number of errors on the menu.
On the first episode of the show, cast members worked on the menu that they would be using this season. The task of translating the menu from Chinese to English was given to Chinese singer-actor Wang Junkai (also known as Karry Wang). However, as he fell asleep halfway through, the job was passed to Chinese actress Yang Zi.
Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming also looked through the menu as he is the head of the restaurant for this season.
Some of the errors on the menu include, “A la Cate Meun” instead of À la carte menu, “Coke Cola” instead of Coca Cola, “Sort Drink” instead of soft drink, “Pear Milk Tea” instead of pearl milk tea and “Italy Beer” instead of Italian beer.
Netizens were quick to criticise the cast for their poor command of English, questioning their education and accusing them of embarrassing China.
In 2014, Hong Kong actress Maggie Cheung took the stage at the Strawberry Music Festival in Shanghai. After the performance, she was slammed for going off-tune a number of times during her performance, and was dubbed the “voice from hell” by unforgiving netizens.
However, the actress refused to give up on singing, declaring that she is determined to establish a singing career. Two years later, she released her own solo song, ‘Look in My Eyes’.
Recently guested on the talk show Master in the House, where she looked back at her 2014 performance. The 54-year-old, who started crying when discussing the topic, shared that the resulting public scrutiny was a huge blow to her, and that she had cried for several days after.
Maggie also revealed that she had lost a number of friends due to her wish to pursue a singing career. Her fellow actors refused to acknowledge her dreams, and she was too embarrassed to meet her friends as well. She revealed that it took her over a year to get over the ordeal.
However, Maggie’s love for music has not diminished one bit. In fact, the actress is planning to release a new song. Of late, Maggie has been spending up to 12 hours a day at the recording studio. When a reporter approached the actress to ask about how recording is going, Maggie did not reply, bowing her head and making a quick exit instead.
Earlier this year, a report quoted Maggie’s friends who claimed that share that the actress "doesn’t spend much time interacting with others, and is not as friendly as she used to be”.
Goo Hye Sun wants S$34.38 per day for doing housework as part of divorce settlement with Ahn Jae Hyun
Korean actors Goo Hye Sun and Ahn Jae Hyun announced that they were filing for divorce on August 18, and the airing of diry laundry that followed now apparently includes Goo Hye Sun’s ‘wages’ for washing laundry during the duration of their three-year marriage. That princely sum comes up to about $40,000 worth of housework, which she is demanding as part of the divorce settlement.
The shocking news of their split was first revealed on Goo Hye Sun’s Instagram, as she wrote, “After the spark between us was lost, my husband had a change of heart and wants a divorce, even though I want to stay married. Next week, my husband’s representatives will release reports and I want to inform you that whatever they say is untrue. I hope that the truth will be revealed.”
Multiple allegations from both parties have been uploaded online, and netizens note that their divorce has turned into a mud-slinging contest.
Among the allegations of wrongdoing include “frequent and intimate calls” made by Ahn Jae Hyun to other women while drunk. Goo Hye Sun is also reported to have trespassed into an apartment building where Ahn Jae Hyun was staying after they decided to divorce, and recorded the contents of his phone while he was asleep.
The issue of financial settlement was also brought up, and Goo Hye Sun clarified that she asked for half of the amount that they had donated to charity when they got married. She shared that she paid the entire amount, which would have been used for their wedding ceremony expenses if they had had one.
In addition, she demanded for KRW 30,000 (S$34.38) a day in labour wages as she claimed that she has done all the housework since they got married. They registered their marriage on May 20, 2016, and agreed to divorce on July 30, 2019.
Assuming that those two dates were the ones used in the calculations, Goo Hye Sun would be demanding for 1167 days of wages, or a total sum of KRW 35,010,000 (S$40,114.46).
What raised eyebrows even more was when Goo Hye Sun revealed on her Instagram on August 21 that she asked Ahn Jae Hyun what she did to cause their marriage to break down.
“He told me that I’m not sexy, and my husband said repeatedly that he had to divorce me because my nipples are unsexy (…) I was a ghost who lived in our home. The woman that you once loved has become a zombie,” she wrote. Korean netizens have since dug up old videos of Ahn Jae Hyun stating that the first thing he looks at when he meets a woman are her breasts first.
Last week, the 7th Vancouver Chinese Film Festival was held, with Anita Mui biopic Dearest Anita bagging four awards in total.
The movie's plot revolves around the late actress. 10 years after the Cantopop diva passed away in 2003, her personal belongings were auctioned off. Items that were deemed unprofitable were discarded in the trash. Fans of the singer then proceeded to go through the trash to unearth the discarded belongings, many of which were letters or gifts given to Anita by fans. The fans then embarked on a journey to reunite these gifts with the people who originally gifted them to Anita.
Hong Kong actress Myolie Wu’s performance as Anita’s childhood friend, Amy in the film earned her a nomination for the Best Actress award at the 7th Vancouver Chinese Film Festival. She was eventually crowned the winner of the award.
Dearest Anita also won three other awards, including the Best Cantonese Film award. Hong Kong director Clifton Ko walked home with the Best Director award for his work on Dearest Anita, while Hong Kong actress Sonija Kwok won the People’s Choice award.
Myolie was unable to attend the festival in person, but prepared a speech beforehand, which Clifton read out on her behalf. In her speech, she thanked Clifton for giving her the role, as well as Anita, and her fanclub Mui Nation, who had set the ball rolling for the movie.
Last Sunday (August 18), Hong Kong martial artist Jackie Chan made an appearance at an event in Beijing. During the event, he took the stage to perform a song, where he met with a small mishap.
As he walked around the stage during his performance, he was kicked by a young monk who was performing martial arts at the side. Jackie’s surprised expression was captured on camera, and screen-captures of the moment soon begun making the rounds online. He later entered the trending searches on Weibo, as the moment went viral soon after.
Although the kick from the young monk seemed to be rather forceful, Jackie quickly recovered his composure, and completed his performance without any other issues. His professionalism was also praised by netizens online.
Later that night, Jackie took to his Weibo to post a short message addressing the kick.
“(I’ve) entered the trending search (on Weibo). I do have to apologise to the little monk, because I must have ventured somewhere that I shouldn't have. Thankfully, the young chap’s foot is fine,” he wrote.
On July 31, Taiwanese media uploaded a report claiming that Taiwanese model Lin Chi-ling underwent an advanced form of IVF (in vitro fertilisation) that was suitable for older women as it can reduce the possibility of having birth defects and other issues common with advanced pregnancies.
This was accompanied by photos of her driver delivering a stack of documents to a National Taiwan University Children’s Hospital staff member, who was later identified as a maternity nurse who is part of the fertility centre team.
Rumours of Chi-ling having a bun in the oven soon gained traction, with reports stating that she will likely be able to fulfil her wish of having twins.
On August 20, however, Chi-ling put her foot down with a stern warning against the paparazzi who have been stalking her.
The statement, which was uploaded on her Facebook, wrote, “Illegally following others and revealing personal details to the public are all intrusions of privacy.” She then quoted privacy laws, stating that they were put in place to protect a person’s rights.
“As a public figure, Lin Chi-ling has been under tremendous stress from the public’s opinion and from the untrue rumours about her (…) We thank everyone for their continued support for Lin Chi-ling, but we ask for everyone not to cross the line.”
Netizens showed their support for her in the comments, asking her to stay strong in the face of malicious comments.
Jay Chou has publicly shamed a scammer who claimed that the multi-hyphenate is selling his house.
The post, which was made by a Joshua Wu, wrote, “Helping Jay Chou to sell a house. When you buy it, you can meet Jay personally to sign the contract.” The post quickly gained traction online as many wondered why he was selling his house, and if Jay was in financial trouble.
Jay took to Instagram to clarify the matter, posting a screenshot of the original post along with the words, “Scammer. Do you want me to catch you and beat you up?”
After further investigation, the rumours first started when a netizen shared a screenshot on Weibo. In it, a property agent claimed to be helping Jay sell a house in Japan, adding that the apartment is 717.01 square meters. It was listed as a three-minute walk from Harajuku station in Tokyo.
The two-storey place also includes a huge living room and sprawling kitchen, along with a balcony. The price tag was a cool 2.68 billion yen (SS$34.9 million).
Before Jay clarified that the rumour is false, netizens quipped that it was perhaps time for the singer to release a new album if he was in need of money urgently.