Celebrity super couple, Faye Wong (王菲) and Li Yapeng (李亞鵬), have ended their eight-year marriage. The couple individually announced their divorce through their official Weibos.
“Our fate as husband and wife has ended in this lifetime. I am still okay. You also take care,” Faye wrote on September 13.
Yapeng, however, delivered a much more thorough statement through his official Weibo an hour later, stating, “What I want is a family. Yet, you are destined to be a legend. [I am] cherishing all the beautiful memories we have shared in the past ten years. Still love you like before. Regrettably, letting go – is something that I can only do for you. Hope that you are living happily now, my girl.”
The former mainland Chinese actor further announced that their daughter, 7-year-old Li Yan (李嫣), will be living with him. He added that since they are both financially independent, they will not be involved in any property disputes.
Yapeng ended the statement, writing, “I hope everyone is well. The sun will continue to rise tomorrow!”
On Friday morning, the couple was seen filing for divorce in the Xinjiang Ughur Autonomous Region, where Yapeng was born. In the released photo, Faye and Yapeng appeared calm and sat side by side.
A Turbulent Past
Yapeng is Faye’s second husband. Faye previously married Chinese rock star Dou Wei (竇唯), with whom she has one daughter with. The couple divorced in 1999.
Faye and Yapeng tied the knot in July 2005 after dating for two years. The couple held a small wedding ceremony in Yapeng’s hometown Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. Their wedding was witnessed by Yapeng’s elder brother, Li Yawei (李亞偉), and a close friend. Their marriage was met with scrutiny as Yapeng’s popularity at the time was incomparable to Faye’s, who carries immense popularity in East Asia.
The Chinese singer-songwriter remained inactive in the music industry thereafter, until February 2010, when she made a performance at CCTV’s New Year’s Gala. In July 2010, Faye announced her comeback concert tour, which concluded its tour of 19 Asian cities in June 2012.
Around the same time Faye announced her comeback, Yapeng announced his retirement from the acting industry, expressing his wishes to concentrate on his family and business. Yapeng’s business ventures in entertainment production and restaurants were also supported by Faye.
However, rumors claimed that Faye’s sudden 2010 comeback was to support Yapeng, whose businesses were slowly failing. Around this time, Faye accepted a shampoo commercial for $20 million HKD.
Yapeng Cheated on Faye?
A speculation cropped up that the couple divorced because Yapeng had been cheating on Faye with mainland Chinese actress Miao Pu (苗圃) since 2007. The pair were seen eating meals together, with some paparazzi claiming that they were holding hands. Coincidentally, Miao Pu updated her Weibo on the same day Faye and Yapeng announced their divorce. Miao Pu wrote, “To me, today is a day that is… only one word can describe it… happy!”
Carina Lau Comments on Divorce
Although the public is shocked by Faye’s sudden divorce announcement, Faye’s good friend Carina Lau (劉嘉玲) revealed that the decision was not made in haste. Carina said, “I know they made this decision for some time. It is difficult for other people to judge. As they have already entered this stage, there was many problems between them and other people cannot interfere.”
Carina added that Faye, who has returned to Beijing, is very strong and calmly facing her divorce.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.