As fans, we all have our favourite stories of how our celebrity couples got together and fell in love. With 2019 coming to an end, we look back at some of the heartbreaking splits amongst Asian stars over the past couple of months.
Some celebrity relationships just aren’t meant to last. Many of these couples’ courtship were short-lived. Nonetheless, they still took us by surprise.
1. Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo
- Married in October 2017
- Divorced in June 2019
The “Song-Song” lovebirds were the perfect couple on “Descendants of the Sun”. K-drama fans couldn’t be happier when Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo’s onscreen romance progressed into real life. Sadly, their fairy tale-like wedding didn’t last for more than 20 months. You can read their statements here.
2. Fan Bingbing and Li Chen
- They were engaged for 2 years.
Hours after South Korea’s famous Song-Song couple announced their split, Li Chen (李晨) and Fan Bingbing (范冰冰) delivered another blow when they took to Weibo to deliver their separation. Funny thing is, the actress was seen auctioning off her former flames’ gift online.
Fan and Li went public with their relationship in 2015 after filming the 2014 drama “The Empress Of China” together. The pair announced their engagement 2 years later as Li proposed to Fan on her 36th birthday.
3. EXO’s Kai and BLACKPINK’s Jennie
- Reportedly started dating in October 2018.
- SM Entertainment confirmed their break up on 25th January 2019.
K-pop fans managed to trace Kai and Jennie’s alleged date in the City of Love. They both posted photos of sight-seeing at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Ultimately an insider claimed that “they both concluded that they had to focus more on their work, and chose to break up. It seems like a decision made for their teammates, fellow artists, and fans.”
4. Da Mouth’s Aisa Senda and Zhou Ming Fu
- Married for almost 3 years
Love alone isn’t enough to sustain a relationship. The former front-woman of Taiwanese band Da Mouth (大嘴巴) – Aisa Senda (千田愛紗) – took to Facebook on 12th February to confirm that she and Zhou Ming Fu (周洺甫) were splitting up. This came about after Aisa found out that Zhou had an affair with a female friend.
5. Jacqueline Wong and Kenneth Ma
Jacqueline Wong made headlines all over the world when she was caught cheating with Andy Hui in one of the biggest scandals in Hong Kong entertainment industry. While Sammi Cheng eventually accepted Hui back, Kenneth Ma has chosen to move forward. Wong recently returned to Hong Kong and gave an emotional interview after living abroad for 8 months.
6. Etta Ng and Andi Autumn
- Tied the knot on 8th November 2018
Things didn’t end well for Jackie Chan’s estranged daughter Etta Ng and her former flame Andi Autumn. Netizens first suspect that their queer couple’s marriage was on the rocks after Andi posted a lengthy vent on her Instagram story. Things became obvious when the pair deleted each other’s photos from their respective social media.
7. Alvin Chau and Mandy Lieu
- Started dating in August 2014
- They have 3 children together
Mandy Lieu (劉碧麗) made decision to call it quits with Alvin Chau (周焯華) after his refusal to divorce his first wife Heidi Chan (陳慧玲). It looks like it was an amicable breakup because the Macau billionaire paid Lieu HK$300 million (RM158 million) as a “breakup fee”.
8. Fish Leong and Tony Chao
- Married for 9 years
- The couple have a 5-year-old son named Anderson.
Fish Leong (梁靜茹) admitted that she and her Taiwanese wine merchant hubby Tony Chao were no longer an item after her show in Taipei a few months ago. There have been plenty of speculation (whether he cheated with a female Internet celebrity or could be a closeted gay), but the singer has chosen to remain silent on the matter.
9. Aliff Aziz and Bella Astillah
- Married in 2016
- They have a son named Ayden Adrean.
“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” But what if it’s more than three times?
After being caught in a string of cheating scandals, Bella Astillah and Aliff Aziz divorced with a single ‘talak’ before Syarie judge Izzat Syazli Mushid at the lower Syarie court. Since their separation, the Singaporean singer-actor has found himself in other scandals involving the law.
10. Sultan Muhammad V and Rihana Oksana
Everyone thought that it was a royal romance between Sultan Muhammad V and Rihana Oksana. The fairy tale soon turned into a royal scandal when the former Miss Moscow’s past came back to haunt her. The former Agong made the decision to step down from the throne and later divorced Rihana with “triple talak”.
Since then, there has been plenty of back and forth regarding the identity of Ismail Leon.
Which of these celebrity break ups were you most surprised?