Chinese actress Tong Liya (佟丽娅,) has finalized her divorce with Chen Sicheng (陈思诚) in May of this year and is reportedly getting married to Shen Haixung (慎海雄), the deputy director of the Propaganda Department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. As Shen Haixung is a high-ranking official with close access to China’s president Xi Jinping (习近平), discussions of the couple’s union were banned on social media.
To bypass the censorship, netizens used creative codenames to discuss the couple’s marriage. According to the rumor mill, Tong Liya met Shen Haixung through her then-husband Chen Sicheng. At that time, Tong Liya and Sheng Haixung were both married to their own respective partners and the two maintained an underground relationship for many years.
The netizens speculated that Shen Haixung similarly ended his marriage with his wife in the first half of this year. Given Shen Haixung’s status and age, his divorce would have alerted other senior officials of the Communist party and he would have had to make a strong case to obtain their approval.
After the news of the couple’s marriage were leaked, netizens connected the dots and solved the mystery of how Tong Liya was able to host last year’s CCTV Spring Gala. As many netizens left congratulatory messages for the actress, many netizens also teased her by addressing Tong Liya as “Mrs. Deputy Director.”
Sources: World Journal
This article is written by Sammi for JayneStars.com.