While lovebirds around the world were busy with their candlelight dinners on Valentine’s Day, Taiwanese singer Bii had a very special announcement to make: He’s married.
He shared the good news on Facebook on February 14, writing: “After my previous relationship ended, I want to thank God for letting me meet someone that I feel I can spend the rest of my life with. She has completely changed my life and has let me be who I am today and live happily every day. I want to hold her hand tightly and walk towards the next stage of our lives together (…) Today I want to announce to everyone that we’re married.” The post was accompanied of him holding hands with a mystery lady.
The news came as a shock to fans as the 30-year-old broke up with his girlfriend, Jessie, only last August. He dated her for eight years, but only went public with the relationship last May. He did not elaborate on the reason behind their breakup.
It's said that he dated his wife for eight months before they tied the knot, but no other details about the lucky lady have been made available at press time.
His agency has also confirmed the news: “It’s touching to see how the kid that couldn’t speak Chinese well has changed. He’s doing well in his career, has started a family, and he has also bought a home in Taiwan. The company is very happy for him and we give him our blessings.”
Netizens have congratulated him on the good news, with one writing, “With the current bleak state of affairs now due to the virus outbreak, it’s a breath of fresh air to learn of good news like this.”
Many of the people who commented were also curious to know who Bii’s wife is, and some wondered if they decided to tie the knot because they have a baby on the way.
While most artistes have had to cancel their concerts because of COVID-19, one star has managed to rise above the panic — and that's Singaporean singer-songwriter Tanya Chua.
Tanya's Kisses For The World showcase in Taipei will be her fifth time performing at the Taipei Arena, but even with the worsening epidemic, tickets for her concert in May were snapped up within five minutes when they were released last Friday (Feb 14).
“Thank you to all who have worked hard during this period! Despite everyone's worries, we still need to remain calm, united and pray for peace on earth. And because of what is happening now, I can't wait to feel comfort with all of you at my concert. I’m glad that there's music to accompany us and to embrace us. Take care everyone! Wash your hands! See you on May 9! Together, we will give the world's longest kiss,” the 45-year-old wrote on Facebook on Valentine’s Day.
Although Tanya’s concert will be held as scheduled, she revealed that she had to cancel her birthday travel plans to Morocco and Paris over the Chinese New Year period because of the epidemic.
Even though it's her first time not spending her birthday overseas, Tanya believes that one should always be able to adapt to any situation. And in doing so, the singer feels that she is not only protecting herself from the virus, she's also protecting others too. And staying at home during this period has also allowed her to spend more time with her cats, Choupi and Loulou.
No thanks to COVID-19, nothing says “I love you” more these days than giving your significant other a bouquet made up of face masks.
And that’s exactly what actor Wallace Huo did for his wife actress Ruby Lin, on Valentine’s Day (Feb 14).
“This special day comes with a special gift. Happy Valentine’s Day! Press on, let’s do this together!” wrote Ruby, 44, on Weibo. Along with her post was a pic of Wallace's face mask bouquet.
Aside from the bouquet, Ruby also received a handbag made of out of clay from her three-year-old daughter ‘Little Dolphin’.
While there were those who described Wallace's bouquet as "thoughtful", some unimpressed netizens were far less enthused, calling it “unhygienic”.
“It might not be clean 'cos other people have touched it,” criticised a netizen. It wasn't long before Ruby decided to chime on. “It’s only a picture, please don’t take it so seriously!” she replied.
A couple of fans also jumped to Ruby’s defence, pointing out that the masks were “wrapped in plastic”, and therefore, are clean. We hope.
This TVB Actress Just Bought A S$1.68Mil Apartment But Netizens Don’t Think She Can Actually Afford It
Hongkong actress Katy Kung recently purchased a HK$9.35 million (S$1.68 million) apartment in the upscale Ocean Shores development. You would think this is a cause for celebration since she's been working for over a decade but news of her recent investment has raised eyebrows.
You see, netizens don't think the 30-year-old can actually afford such an expensive apartment. In fact, they believe that she's been "leeching off" her rich boyfriend. Though Katy has not gone public with any relationship after breaking up with singer-actor Patrick Tang in 2012, many believe that she is currently dating a wealthy Malaysian man named Bryan.
When asked by reporters about new apartment, the actress confirmed that the news is true but declined to comment further, only saying that she will “continue to work hard”.
Little is known about Bryan except that he's said to be the heir of a multi-million dollar family business.
Speculation about Katy's relationship with Bryan intensified last December when she invested a seven-figure sum to open a hotpot restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. Katy told reporters that she co-owns the restaurant with a “close friend”, and that she decided to open a Hongkong-style hotpot eatery in the Malaysian capital as a “personal breakthrough” when she turned 30. And the name of the restaurant, Hey Foon Lei, can be loosely translated to “I like you” in Cantonese.
Katy has also been spotted zipping around Hongkong in an expensive sports car with the number plate KB (which netizens claim stands for Katy Bryan).
Sources close to Katy have also shared that the actress is tried of trying to climb her way up the ranks of TVB and has decided to shift her focus to starting a family instead.
While some netizens have been supportive of the actress, others have not been as kind, with many calling her a “money-minded woman who just wants an easy life”, adding that “there’s no way a nobody like you can afford to buy an apartment like that on your own”.
Who knew Angelababy can speak Japanese? She recently surprised her fans when she spoke in fluent Japanese on Chinese reality TV show FOURTRY, which sees the model-actress, along with EXO’s Kris Wu, Wilber Pan and Wandering Earth actress Zhao Jinmai running a pop-up streetwear store called, you guessed it, FOURTRY, in Tokyo.
In a recent episode, Angelababy was seen attending to a 30-year-old Japanese woman who was shopping in the store with her two sons. The 31-year-old star engaged the trio in friendly banter and at one point, even told the boys how handsome they were. Her fluency in the language impressed the Japanese woman, who asked Angelababy if she could speak Japanese, to which she humbly said: "Just a little".
Turns out, the star had picked up Japanese when she signed on with one of Japan's largest artist management agencies, Avex Group, way back in 2009.
But her linguistic abilities wasn't the only thing that garnered praise from her customer. The Japanese woman also admired the mother-of-one for her youthful looks and figure.
“It's so unexpected that you’re a mum! You’re so young, I thought you were only 20,” the customer gushed.
“I’m already 30!” Angelaby replied bashfully, while thanking the woman for her kind words.
After the show aired, many netizens applauded Angelababy for her language skills. Joining in the love fest, too, were her FOURTRY colleagues Wilber and Kris, who called her "master".
Those who follow Hongkong actress Venus Wong on Instagram were in for a surprise on Thursday (Feb 13), when the 28-year-old uploaded a picture showing off her baby bump.
Venus’s celebrity friends, like Hongkong singer Kary Ng and Hongkong actress-model Janice Man, couldn’t help but gush with excitement, leaving comments congratulating Venus on becoming a mother. Even local actor Mark Lee left a comment to congratulate her.
You can't blame everyone for being excited. Venus had tied the knot with Hongkong director Derek Tsang, 39, only in September last year. They had dated for six years before getting hitched. Derek is also the son of Hongkong comedy icon Eric Tsang.
But as it turned out, Kary, Janice and Mark had jumped the gun with their comments.
Venus then told her pals to read her caption again.
“Today, I have some good news to share with everyone again! The Secret Diary of a Mom to Be will officially be released in theatres today! Aren’t you happy?” it read.
And just like what the title of the movie suggests, Venus plays an expectant mother, which explains her 'baby bump'.
It seems Venus’ little trick also fooled Hongkong singers Kandy Wong and Pakho Chau, with Kandy commenting, “I really want to hit you.”
Well, at least everyone knows about the movie now?
Just last month, Japanese superstar Ayumi Hamasaki, 41, surprised everyone when she announced the birth of her baby boy. Although the identity of her baby daddy remains a secret, many people believe that it's her rumoured dancer boyfriend, who is 21 years her junior.
And now, she's back at work, practicing for her concert next week.
The singer's almost instantaneous bounce back to form has raised eyebrows among netizens.
Comparing her latest IG pics to her past photos, netizens commented that Ayumi doesn't look like someone who has gone through pregnancy, which further fuelled their suspicion that she had a baby through a surrogate.
The reason they even think that of Ayumi is because she had not shown any signs of pregnancy over the past year even though she was photographed a number of times.
There are also netizens who say that the singer looks "drastically different".
While some argued that she's now “completely unrecognisable” because she has had “too much plastic surgery", others say that Ayumi looks so different because of her "postpartum glow".
This Wannabe Chinese Idol Cheated People Desperate For Masks Of S$55,000, And Now He’s Probably Going To Jail For It
With many Chinese provinces in lockdown and filming for most movies and TV shows cancelled until further notice because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Chinese celebs have mostly gone home to spend time with their families.
For aspiring pop idol Huang Zhibo, however, he was up to something sinister — scamming people desperate to buy surgical masks and other medical supplies.
Medical supplies in China are now in high demand, and the 20-year-old, who was a contestant on survival programme All For One, reportedly made use of the desperate situation by 'selling' masks on messaging application WeChat. He is believed to have collected up to 280,000 yuan (S$55,000) from buyers via the app but became uncontactable after he received payments.
Multiple reports were made against him and photos of a Mr. Huang being arrested on February 13 were subsequently uploaded on Weibo.
Investigations are still underway, but Chinese media outlets have reported that he could face eight to 10 years in jail if found guilty.
The news has been confirmed by his former label, Yuehua Entertainment, who issued a strong-worded clarification. “We would like to make the following statement with regards to All For One contestant Huang Zhibo, who is being investigated by the police for illegal activities. As per our contract, the company has terminated Huang Zhibo’s contract as a trainee. We apologise for the negative impact on society, and we will leave all matters in the police’s hands. Huang Zhibo’s actions are against our company’s policies and beliefs, and our company is strongly against any actions that take advantage of the current situation to cause harm to society.”
Zhibo’s last post on his personal Weibo was on February 4, where he shared a handwritten note. “The most amazing frontline medical staff who have been working tirelessly have had it hard. We will work together to defeat this virus. Wuhan, jiayou! China, jiayou!”
This post has amassed over 10,000 comments at press time, with many netizens expressing their outrage at his actions. “Little kid, it’s unfortunate that I got to know of your name in this way,” one wrote. Another added, “You must have extraordinarily thick skin to be able to post such a message while you’ve been cheating people of their hard-earned money. You’re ugly inside and out, and even your handwriting sucks.”
With the number of COVID-19 cases fast increasing around the world, everyone is taking all sorts of measures to protect themselves. Like Hongkong actress Florence Kwok, who got creative while on a flight to Kuala Lumpur for work.
In a clip titled “Full gear” that was uploaded on her socials, the 51-year-old showed off her 'battle suit' which consisted of a shower cap, raincoat, goggles, disposable gloves, as well as a portable mist fan.
As if there wasn’t enough protection, Florence even confessed to not eating and drinking throughout the flight. In fact, she did not even use the toilet.
While some commended her for her efforts, dumbfounded netizens found her actions ludicrous and chided her for “causing panic”.
“Is this really necessary? You are a public figure! It's better to urge everyone to stay home,” criticised a follower. “Go back to Hongkong, don't bring the virus to my country. We don't welcome you, please don't come!” ranted a Malaysian netizen.
Funnily enough, Florence took off all her protective gear upon touching down and went to “chill” in town, without even donning a face mask.
We thought you were scared?
Vicki Zhao and her billionaire husband Huang Youlong are one of the wealthiest couples in showbiz, but instead of chronicling their luxurious lifestyles online, they've preferred to keep their private lives, well, private.
What people do know is that they have a 10-year-old daughter, April, who appears from time to time on Vicki's social media.
What people don’t know, however, is that Youlong has a son from a previous relationship. Jens, as he is known to the media, is said be 21 this year, and his mother is allegedly Youlong’s first girlfriend. There are also contradicting reports as to whether Youlong and Jens’ mother were married when he was conceived.
Jens' identity came to light recently after netizens discovered his Weibo page, which he started updating in December. They only realised his connection to Vicki when he posted this pic (see above) of him with April.
And it seems he and his stepsister are very close, judging from this sweet letter that April wrote to him. “Dear Jens my brother, I love you. I miss you very much so I pack (sic) some snack for you (…) and you can eat them! I love you. I am going for camp [on] Thursday and Friday!”
Other netizens have also dug out old interviews given by Youlong where he talked about Jens, like how his son has been a fan of Vicki’s from a young age, and how he still vividly remembers his stepmum's role in hit drama My Fair Princess despite watching it as a child.