TAIPEI • Actor Vic Chou married his girlfriend of four years, actress Reen Yu, on Tuesday.
Chou, 34, is the second member of the TV and Mandopop phenomenon F4 to wed. He shared on Weibo two photos of the couple brandishing wedding rings and said: "Mrs Chou is really beautiful! Yes, we got married. We thank friends for their blessings."
Yu, 28, made a similar announcement on Facebook.
On her birthday last month, she wrote on social media: "Very happy, very happy today!"
Other F4 romances
JERRY YAN, 38
He has always kept his love life under the radar. He did not talk of his romance with Taiwanese model Chiling Lin before it ended in 2005, and even then, he did not speak of her directly. In his book published in 2010, he wrote: "I let her go because I really love her. If you have really loved a person too, you should understand."
He was linked to Swiss-Japanese model Shoko in 2013 and to Taiwanese model Seanna Chang last year. Both times, his agent said there was no relationship.
VAN NESS WU, 37
He married Singaporean heiress Arissa Cheo in 2013. Their social media pages are closely watched, amid rumblings of trouble in paradise.
KEN CHU, 36
In 2004, he was photographed canoodling with Chinese actress Li Bingbing at a hotel. From 2005 to 2010, he dated Taiwanese actress Kelly Lin. Last year, he dated Chinese model Jiang Xinyu. This year, he has been photographed in a mall holding hands with Chinese actress Han Wenwen.
Chou, whose nickname is Zaizai, is believed to have proposed to her then, said Apple Daily.
Her agent was quoted as saying on Tuesday: "Reen Yu revealed that a while back, while eating at home, Zaizai suddenly asked her to marry him. She happily agreed. It was just that they were free today, so they went to register."
Chou was quoted as saying of the banquet: "It is all being arranged and planned. It's up to our parents, I'm unclear about the timing."
Both agents said Yu was not pregnant.
Tuesday was the eve of Nov 11, which is celebrated as Singles' Day in China as the date, 11/11, looks like bare branches - the Chinese expression for bachelors.
The news of Chou's marriage shook some single fans, who left comments such as: "My god, why not me?"
The couple met on the set of the 2009 crime drama Black & White. He starred as a playboy detective and she played a fast-food waitress his character was indebted to.
Their relationship came to light fully only after photos of him hugging her from behind on his balcony on New Year's Eve 2012 were published.
He is a known homebody and she is said to have taken good care of him, sending packed lunches and doing his laundry, said Apple Daily.
In 2012, she finally had her first starring role in the idol drama Lady Maid Maid. But she has barely worked since then, saying she has to restore her health.
Chou rose to fame in the popular 2001 idol drama, Meteor Garden, with three others who became known as F4. His former girlfriends include the late actress Hsu Wei-lun and his former Meteor Garden co-star Barbie Hsu. His fellow F4 star Van Ness Wu married in 2013.
Barbie Hsu congratulated Chou on Tuesday. "May they have a son soon! I'm very happy for Zai."
Another F4 star, Jerry Yan, said through his agent: "I am happy for them."