On social media: Forever no more for Fan Bingbing

PHOTO: LI CHEN/WEIBO

FOREVER NO MORE FOR FAN BINGBING: Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing looked to be on the road to a comeback after she was embroiled in a tax-evasion scandal last year, appearing in public for the first time in nearly a year in April.

However, on Thursday, she suffered another setback – this time in her personal life.

The 37-year-old actress announced her split from her fiance, Chinese actor Li Chen, in a Weibo post that evening.

“There are many goodbyes to be experienced in life. The love and warmth I have received in our relationship will always give me strength – thank you for the support, love and all that you have given me.

“Thank you for the care and love to come in the future. We may not be us anymore, but we are still us.”

Shortly after, Li, 40, posted his own announcement on the Chinese micro-blogging platform, stating: “From friends to lovers and back to friends, how we express our affections may change, but the purest feelings between us will never change, our mutual trust and support is eternal.”

He echoed Fan’s closing sentence in his post: “We may not be us anymore, but we are still us.”

Last October, two days after Fan was ordered to settle more than 884 million yuan (S$174 million) in overdue taxes and fines, Li had expressed his support for her on Weibo.

“No matter how difficult it may be, we will get through this together,” he wrote.

The actors made their social-media debut as a couple a year after filming 2014 television series The Empress Of China together.

They announced their engagement in September 2017 on Fan’s 36th birthday. Li proposed to her at her birthday party.

Then, he had posted a photo of the proposal on Weibo with the caption “Us, forever...”, and Fan had shared his post, saying: “Forever and ever.”

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2019, with the headline 'On social media'. Print Edition | Subscribe