Van Ness Wu and Singaporean wife split

Van Ness Wu and Singaporean designer Arissa Cheo have divorced after a five-year marriage.
Van Ness Wu and Singaporean designer Arissa Cheo have divorced after a five-year marriage.

TAIPEI • It's official. Taiwan-based American singer Van Ness Wu and Singaporean designer Arissa Cheo have divorced after a five-year marriage.

Speculations have been rife that trouble was brewing in the marriage since news outlets spotted their angry exchange of words on Instagram about one year after their marriage in 2013.

According to Apple Daily Taiwan, they had not sought a divorce as Singapore law states that a marriage cannot be dissolved within three years without special reasons.

Wu sent the first set of divorce papers to Cheo more than a month ago, citing the reason that they have been unable to live together for more than three years, but it was rejected by her as she felt Wu was not telling the truth.

He then sent her the second set of divorce papers more than one week ago, citing lack of support by her for his career and irreconcilable differences.

In a statement that was sent to The Straits Times, Cheo's lawyer Foo Siew Fong said: "My client does not believe in divorce, but at this point she is left with no other alternative.

"She has worked hard for this marriage, but given the unhappy state of affairs, she has decided to end it as she no longer wishes to continue to live in hurt and pain."

Cheo's close friend said that she has been returning to the couple's home in Taipei regularly since the marriage, but Wu was not home during festivals like Christmas and New Year.

Wu told the press during Valentine's Day last year that he would give a gift to her, but it was learnt later that he did not do so, Apple Daily Taiwan reported.

Wu's record company Universal Music Group said in a statement: "A marriage is a matter between two people. The inaccurate statements by third parties who are not involved are deeply regrettable. We hope everyone will give him space and also believe that time will prove everything."

Wu shot to superstardom as a member of F4, the reel-life clique of TV hit Meteor Garden who became a real-life Mandopop group.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 21, 2018, with the headline 'Van Ness Wu and Singaporean wife split'. Print Edition | Subscribe