Since Nicky Wu (吳奇隆) and Cecilia Liu (刘诗诗) announced their relationship on their respective Weibos in November 2013, Chinese netizen have been busy searching for details of Cecilia’s old romances. The 26-year-old, who made her acting debut in 2005, had a clean image throughout her 9-year career, and only admitted to one relationship prior to dating Nicky. It was later confirmed by various sources that Cecilia’s ex-boyfriend was not from the entertainment industry, and that they had dated for three years.
Cecilia’s ex-boyfriend was reportedly a staff member from her management company, called “Ah Wing”. Ten years her senior, Ah Wing is a “kind and mature” man from Hong Kong. The netizen claimed that Cecilia was deeply in love with Ah Wing, and the couple stayed strong for three years. However, as Cecilia’s career was taking flight, her mother did not approve their relationship. Their differences in income also became a strenuous factor. It was said that Cecilia’s mother pressured her to break up with him, and the couple finally broke up in 2010, shortly before the filming of Bu Bu Jing Xin <步步惊心>.
Cecilia and Ming Dao’s Relationship
In early 2013, Cecilia admitted to dating someone “in the last two years”, but did not clarify whether her recent relationship was the one with Ah Wing. Following Cecilia’s statement, a Chinese netizen observed that Cecilia may have dated Taiwanese actor Ming Dao (明道), who collaborated with Cecilia in the drama An Angel’s Happiness <天使的幸福>. Produced by Ming Dao, the idol drama was filmed in late 2011, and was based on the 2007 Korean television drama Thank You (Gomapseupnida). Cecilia and Ming Dao, who portray a couple in the series, may have developed real feelings for each other during filming. It is estimated that they dated for almost one and a half years before breaking up in mid-2013.
When the filming of An Angel’s Happiness was near completion, extra actors of the drama, who were also fans of the actors, claimed that they spotted Ming Dao and Cecilia talking quietly in an empty hallway. Ming Dao and Cecilia were concerned about leaving each other and were discussing about what they should do afterwards. After a long heated discussion, Cecilia grew angry and hastily left the premises. Ming Dao took attentive care of Cecilia on set thereafter.
On February 26, 2012, the day of Ming Dao’s 32nd birthday, Cecilia posted a happy birthday message to Ming Dao on her Weibo at exactly 00:01. The netizen detectives claimed that “00:01” became a time for many celebrities to openly express their love on their Weibos: Chen Sicheng (陈思成) posted a message admitting to a relationship at 00:01, Xie Na (谢娜) posted about the Qixi Festival (Chinese Valentine’s Day) on 00:01, and Yang Mi (杨幂) uploaded a photo of her and husband Hawick Lau (劉愷威) at 00:01. Cecilia’s manager also shared Cecilia’s birthday message to Ming Dao on her own Weibo so Cecilia’s intentions would be less suspicious.
During a July 2012 episode of a mainland Chinese variety show, Taiwanese actress Joe Chen (陳喬恩) admitted that her two closest male friends in the industry were Ethan Juan (阮經天) and Ming Dao. At the mention of Ming Dao, Cecilia’s face brightened and nodded at Joe’s compliments on Ming Dao.
When Ming Dao was on hiatus to serve his mandatory military service in Taiwan, the Taiwanese media spotted Ming Dao exiting a hotel with a “sophisticated, black-haired” girl. Their appearance attracted pedestrians; the girl was suspected to be Cecilia.
Ming Dao Sings About Lost Love
After announcing her relationship with Nicky Wu in November 2013, Ming Dao released his first solo album Lovelorn Aesthetics <失戀美學> in December. On a Taiwanese variety show to promote the album, Ming Dao admitted that he had broken up with his most recent girlfriend half a year ago. The music video for “Suddenly Want to Love Her” <突然好想愛她>, a track in Ming Dao’s album, spoke about an actor and actress developing feelings for each other on set. Ming Dao wrote the song’s lyrics, and his reps confirmed that the story depicted in the music video was based on Ming Dao’s own past relationship.
It was speculated that Ming Dao was worried about his declining career and put their love on low priority, prompting Cecilia to initiate the breakup due to Ming Dao’s lack of dedication in the relationship.
Interestingly, around the time Cecilia and Ming Dao were suspected to be dating, Nicky Wu admitted in an interview that he had met a girl that he liked, but chose not to pursue her because she had a boyfriend.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.