You’ve seen her pictures from Jay Chou’s official debut of his otherwise private life. You’ve heard about the extremely romantic proposal (fireworks and music video-worthy, we hear!). You’ve probably also heard about the double-celebration wedding plans. If you’re a Jay Chou fan, you’re probably not counting down to his birthday next year for the first time ever.

We know why. We don’t blame you 😉

While we know lots about Jay Chou’s marital plans, we know close to nothing about his wife-to-be, Hannah Quinlivan. Yet. But we’re about to find out.


1. No really, who is Hannah Quinlivan? She came out of nowhere.

21-year-old Hannah Quinlivan, also known by her Chinese name is Wu Yi-chen, was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan to an Australian father and a Taiwanese-Korean mother.  She has an elder sister. Hannah studied briefly in Taiwan before continuing her education in Australia. After graduating from high school, she reportedly attended the private Toko University in Taiwan but dropped out due to work commitments. She visits her paternal grandparents in Brisbane, Australia at least twice a year.

Hannah & her father, Patrick Quinlivan
Hannah & her father, Patrick Quinlivan

2. How did she get popular though? What does she do for a living?

We wondered the same thing, to be honest. Apparently, Hannah was only 14 years old when she made her first TV appearance. It was in 2008 for a Taiwanese variety show called, “Guess”, which was hosted by Jay Chou’s mentor, Jacky Wu. She also went on to act in a handful of TV dramas including idol drama “Ti Amo Chocolate” (2012) and romance drama “The Patisserie With No Name” (2013). She later became a model.

Hannah Quinlivan 2
Source: Hannah Quinlivan’s Facebook page

3. When did Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan start dating?

Like Jay Chou, the 1.65m-tall beauty Hannah Quinlivan managed to stay out of the limelight and tried to maintain a low profile for a good portion of her career. That was until August 2011 when she was pictured in Paris, France with Jay’s arm around her. She was only 18 years old at that time and needless to say, she instantly became a target for all the hungry media outlets. Other paparazzi shots of them together soon followed.

Jay Chou Hannah Paris France
Jay Chou & Hannah Quinlivan spotted in Paris, France

4. So, dating Jay Chou made her even more famous then, no?

Definitely. It has been assumed that Hannah’s commercial value has skyrocketed since being linked with Chou. She reportedly earned NT$8 million (S$340,000) last year, with the most lucrative endorsement deal coming in at NT$1 million (S$42,000). She is also now the spokesperson for Taipei’s luxury mall, Breeze Center, and has been since 2010. You could say that she’s rollin’!

Who Is Hannah Quinlivan
Source: Hannah Quinlivan’s Facebook page

5. Fine. But how come this relationship worked out when Jay’s past relationships didn’t?

Here’s the thing, although Hannah isn’t Jay’s first romantic partner (he supposedly dated Jolin Tsai and Patty Hou in the past), rumour has it that it was her low profile, understated ways that won not only his heart but also his mother’s. From what we hear, Jay’s mother is notoriously protective and Jay, who is widely believed to be a filial son. promised his mother that he would marry before turning 36. And that’s how it all worked out.

Source: Jay Chou's Weibo
Source: Jay Chou’s Weibo

The only thing we don’t know is the exact date of their nuptials, although we do know that Jay will turn 36 years old on 18th January 2015.

Oh well!

Sources: Straits Times, inSing.

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