Celebrity breakups

Huang Xiaoming dispels divorce rumours

Actor Huang Xiaoming replied to a fan on Chinese social-media platform Weibo on Wednesday to put a stop to rumours that he and actress Angelababy (both left) are splitting up.
Actor Huang Xiaoming replied to a fan on Chinese social-media platform Weibo on Wednesday to put a stop to rumours that he and actress Angelababy (both above) are splitting up.PHOTO: INVISION

Chinese actress Angelababy and actor Huang Xiaoming have refuted rumours that their four-year marriage is on the rocks.

Talk of this heated up on Chinese social-media platform Weibo starting Tuesday and comes hot on the heels of the relationship woes of two other high-profile Asian celebrity couples.

Last week, South Korea's Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo revealed to shocked fans that they were filing for divorce, while Chinese stars Fan Bingbing and Li Chen announced that they were breaking off their engagement.

On Tuesday, a Weibo user, quoting insider sources, said that Angelababy, 30, and Huang, 41, may announce their divorce soon.

The couple tied the knot in 2015 and welcomed their first son - whose nickname is Little Sponge - in 2017.

Several Chinese media outlets said the couple's relationship had soured since last August, after Huang was allegedly caught in a stock-manipulation scandal involving more than 897 million yuan (S$177 million).

Other outlets also noted that the couple left in separate cars after attending an event in Shanghai last month.

As rumours swirled, Angelababy's management company refuted the online chatter, saying it is "impossible" and "definitely fake", according to Sina Weibo.

In a surprise move on Wednesday, Huang replied to a fan directly on Weibo to put a stop to the rumours.

The Weibo user had tagged Huang and said: "I like you and baby." In response, Huang said: "Thank you. I also like baby."

This is not the first time the couple have been plagued by divorce rumours.

In January, Angelababy had to publicly dismiss talk that they had called it quits after some reports claimed she was cheating on her husband with her My True Friend (2019) co-star Deng Lun.

Huang has denied his involvement in the stock-manipulation case and confirmed that he was not being investigated for it, but the controversy has hit his image hard.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2019, with the headline 'Huang Xiaoming dispels divorce rumours'. Print Edition | Subscribe