On social media

WHO SAYS WE HAVE SPLIT?: Chinese celebrity couple Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy have been dogged by rumours of divorce since last year, in part because of the lack of interaction between them on social media. The photo above is one of the rare ones o
PHOTO: HUANG XIAOMING/WEIBO

WHO SAYS WE HAVE SPLIT?: Chinese celebrity couple Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy have been dogged by rumours of divorce since last year, in part because of the lack of interaction between them on social media. The photo above is one of the rare ones of them together which they posted on their social-media accounts.     

The couple, who married in 2015 and have a two-year-old son, appeared to have put such talk behind them when Huang turned 42 on Wednesday. His wife, Angelababy, was one of the first to wish him happy birthday on social media. The 30-year-old actress-model wrote on Weibo, "Happy birthday", with a birthday-cake emoji. Huang replied half an hour later by saying, "Thanks, wife", with three kissing-face emojis.     

Speculation that the couple had separated hit fever pitch in September, when Huang and Angelababy performed separately at China Central Television's Mid-Autumn Festival Gala. The couple have largely ignored the rumours, but Angelababy talked about her husband on a reality TV programme hosted by Taiwanese TV host Aya Liu last month.     

She hinted that the lack of public interaction between them was due to the fact that she did not want to live in his shadow, as many people have claimed that she has come so far in her career only because she is married to an award-winning actor.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 15, 2019, with the headline 'On social media'. Print Edition | Subscribe