As fun as social media is, it allows people more than just a glimpse into your life. It let’s them read you like a book, both with explicit and implicit meanings.
Everyone knows that Barbie Hsu (徐熙媛) and entrepreneur husband Wang Xiaofei (汪小菲) haven’t had the smoothest marriage. Recent events have only deepened doubt that the duo are or will soon be divorced. However, what really convinced netizens was the fact that Wang has apparently wiped all traces of Barbie from his Douyin!
In June this year, Barbie announced some shocking news. The “Meteor Garden” actor declared then that she had filed for divorce from her 39-year-old husband. Apparently, Wang’s penchant for belittling Taiwan on Weibo was the last straw for her. However, Wang and those close to the couple denied it, including Barbie’s mother. Wang returned to be with his family in Taiwan after the ‘spat’ and things returned to normal. Or so fans thought.
Recent events have apparently proven otherwise. A few days ago, netizens discovered that Wang had deleted all content to do with Barbie on his Douyin. He also modified his account description to read “Hsi-Yueh’s father“. Hsi-yueh is the daughter he had with Barbie, and the couple also have a younger son.
Additionally, sharp-eyed netizens observed that he had changed his name on Weibo and Douyin from Wang Xiaofei to Wang Shaofei (汪少菲). The businessman explained that his birth name was actually Shaofei and it had been mistaken for “Xiaofei” when he registered for his ID. Wang had apparently kept the name previously as Barbie once mentioned that it sounded better than “Shaofei”. As such, netizens are viewing the name change as a way of cutting all ties with the actress.
It seems that Wang may have his mother’s support in the breaking relationship. Netizens noted that Zhang Lan (張蘭) was liking comments which talked about the couple splitting up. Previously, she had denied the rumours of her son and Barbie divorcing.
Wang was also featured in Zhang Lan’s recent live stream on 17th November. According to netizens, he looked haggard; with a thinner figure and sunken cheeks. He had a nervous and serious look on his face. The lack of a smile worried netizens as this was the first time anyone had laid eyes on him since June. However, Zhang Lan waved away concerns, saying her son had just returned from work.
It’s been five months since Barbie made the announcement which sparked the rumours. Wang’s recent actions as well as his mother’s certainly support the theory that the couple have (or will be) divorced. However, Barbie herself has not commented on the matter.
We hope the duo will manage to sort out their relationship soon.