On social media


HAPPY FATHER’S DAY: Taiwanese actor Mark Chao, who has been married to Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan for five years, confirmed on social media on Tuesday that Gao has given birth to a baby girl.

Chao, 34, and Gao, 39, announced only last month that Gao was pregnant, but did not reveal the gender of the baby and the baby’s due date. There was speculation from fans that Gao may give birth in July or August, but the low-profile celebrity couple did not react to any of these rumours.

On Tuesday, a netizen disclosed that Gao had given birth in Beijing. There was initially no response from the managers of Chao and Gao when they were approached by the media, but Chao confirmed the rumour on social media later in the day.

He wrote: “Welcoming a beautiful life on a beautiful day. Mother and daughter are well. Thank you, everyone.”

Gao and his studio then re-posted Chao’s post on their social media accounts, with the studio adding, “Welcoming the arrival of the little princess on a beautiful day”.

Chao was later spotted by the media with dark glasses, a cap and a face mask at a hospital in Beijing. He only said, “Thank you for your concern, thank you for your well wishes, thank you!”, before taking the lift and without taking any further questions from the media.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2019, with the headline 'On social media'. Print Edition | Subscribe