Jelly Lin Claims to Be Single Despite Celebrating Birthday with William Feng

At a recent public event, mainland Chinese actress Jelly Lin (林允) claimed that she was still single, thus denying rumors that she is dating 37-year-old mainland Chinese actor William Feng (馮紹峰). However, the two were spotted that same evening on a privately rented yacht, presumably to celebrate Jelly’s 20th birthday on April 16.

According to media reports, Jelly flew to Shanghai and met up with William at a pub. The couple then headed together to the pier to board a yacht, which William had specially rented for the occasion. For most of the time, Jelly insisted on using her jacket to cover her head, but she could be seen wearing a short white skirt. William was also seen holding a birthday cake for Jelly.

Nevertheless, Jelly had asserted, “I am single” at an event earlier that day, which led many to believe that her two-month romance with William had fizzled.

William and Jelly’s rumored relationship first received attention in mid-February, a few days after the actress’s debut film, The Mermaid <美人魚>, opened in theaters. A photograph posted by Jelly had caught the eye of sharp-eyed netizens, who commented that the background of her kitchen bore a strong similarity to William’s kitchen.

Source: Oriental Daily

This article is written by Joanna for

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  1. Come on reporters! You guys need to do a better job. Not like they will admit to dating unless caught red handed.

  2. Wow, quite an age gap but the guy above looks pretty good at 37.

      1. @kaykay408

        Stop making me hungry!.Fish Leong is probably the worst name in history. At least they try to sound cute with Angelababy, Babyjohn etr…. but Fish…?

      2. @kaykay408
        I don’t have problem with names that sound like their Chinese name as long as long as it doesn’t have a stupid meaning. I predict that there will be many more individuals within the entertainment industry adding ‘baby’ to their names soon. Either themselves or their companies are desperate for them to stand out.

    1. @jimmyszeto Honestly, I get so tired of people making fun of Asian (mostly Hong Kong) people’s preference for ‘weird’ English names. I get it, it’s funny to native English speakers. Haha. Move on.

      They don’t live in the US or England where generic yawn-worthy names are better suited for a resume. Let them have fun with it. Fruit Chan’s Chinese given name literally means ‘Fruit’. Hacken Lee’s English name (which is a football club) is close sounding to his Chinese one.

      Also it’s a cultural thing, most Chinese names/characters have a certain literal meaning attached to it and some adapted that practice into choosing an English name for themselves too.

      1. @happybi @peanutbutterjelly There are regular American Joe who named their kids with weird names too. There was a Mercedes and a China (think it was spelled Chyna -no, not the WWE wrestler) in my jr high. I worked with someone named Strawberry. These are their legal names, not just alias like Asian celebs. So yeah, English weird names are not just an “Asian thing.”

      2. @jjwong

        It’s one thing when American joes adopt crazy English names, but another when non-native Chinese joes appropriate stupid English names.

      3. @msxie0714 I think the adoption of an English (sounding at least) alias by these non-native English speaking Chinese is prompted by a misguided notion ( product of the colonial mindset?) that consider having a western sounding name automatically convey a certain elitist social status, a view that is not shared by their Japanese or Korean counterparts. The comical byporduct of this silliness is when they unintentionally or unknowingly selected ones that are totaly nonsensical or ridiculous.

        I still remember (still laughing) one guy I knew while living in HK whose name in Canto was “Ah Ho” He had adopted as his English alias the franco-anglicized version of his Chinese name: A’holle. Of course you know how we all pronounced it and the poor guy had no clues why we laughed so hard whenever we called his name.

      4. @happybi The poor guy was just trying to be creative and sound sophisticated at the same time with some le francaise action. In French, A does prounce ‘Ah”; but wiseguys that we were…..

      5. @msxie0714 Not sure you know what appropriation means. As I recall, adapting an English name is actually preferred/encouraged by the British Empire at least in Hong Kong due to colonialism. Blame it on imperialism.

      6. @peanutbutterjelly So I guess the fact that Indians generally had resisted such appellation maneuvers was a sign of their resistance and protest against British aggression and imperialism then.

        Sure glad that Mahatma Ghandi did not choose to be calledTony Ghandi or Billy Ghandi.

      7. @aiya Mahatma isn’t his name. Mohandas K is his name. Some Indians will have English name, based on their religious belief.

      8. @jjwong

        Mercedes is actually a valid girl’s name. The main female character in ‘Count of Monte Cristo’ is named Mercedes.

        This name was used first as a given name before it became a car’s name. In fact, the car brand was named after the founder’s daughter, Mercédès Jellinek.

      9. @happybi
        True but if it is given by parents, the child has no choice whether they grow to like it or not. It’s when your name is in your own hands then it would be better to be sensible with it. Names are for greetings after all so do not really need to stand tbh.

      10. @jimmyszeto true. For people with name given by their parent. can always legally change it when they are legal to do it themselves. Just hopefully they won’t pick another silly name!

      11. @peanutbutterjelly

        It would take much self control to keep a straight face in an American or European classroom when the professor calls out names like Lucifer Lee, Demon Wong, Angelababy Fong, Kitty Chow, Ocean Vu. LOL!

      12. @jimmyszeto @msxie0714 Language and names evolve. ‘Madison’ was a riduculous name before the 80s. Now it’s so common no one even bats an eye when someone is called that even though that name is virtually nonexistent before. There is also no logic behind what’s ‘acceptable’ or not. Why is it okay to name your child after existing words like Daisy, Rose, April, Angel, Summer or Pearl but it’s not okay to call them Apple (Gwyneth Paltrow named her kid that and everyone made fun of her for it), Saint or Jelly?

        Fish is a stage name. She was named Jasmine Leong. She adopted the name “Fish”, because the last character of her name “茹” sounds like “fish” (魚) in Cantonese. You can laugh all you want but as a stage name it’s a succes because at least it’s memorable. Just like Angelababy.

        Besides, what is a ‘hilarious’ name to Americans or Europeans may not be to Asians or people from other countries. And honestly why should they care? They’re not Americans. They don’t live in America. It’s acceptable in their culture. Everything is relative.

        It’s one thing to saddle up your kid with a ‘socially unacceptable’ name but a whole other if you choose to be called ‘Oxide Pang’ because you think it sounds cool.


        “Many English names mimic the sound of Chinese given names. A solicitor called Tse Kar-son, for example, has Carson as his English name.”

        That’s pretty clever. Same with the names of Eason and Hacken.

      13. @peanutbutterjelly some name are just silly and yes it’s not just an Asian thing.. can’t help but laugh sometime. I’m Chinese and I honestly find Angelababy and BabyJohn are silly name. Lots of name here in the States make me feel this way too. Apple I’m fine with and actually think it’s cute. But one can’t help but laugh at some of the others name. We just can’t help it.

      14. @happybi I mean sure, it’s not like if someone called themselves ‘Internet Chow’ or something that I wouldn’t think maybe it’s not the best choice but I honestly don’t bat an eye anymore at things like ‘Jelly’ or ‘Sugar’ or even ‘Devil’.

      15. @happybi If we got Dracula and A’holle together, wouldn’t that be a blast of a party? LOL!!

        But seriously, I don’t mean to be anally self righteous about this (don’t need another one on this board), but Dracula is a legitimate name. A 15th Century Romanian nobleman was named Dracu and from whom Bram Stoker drew his inspiration for his now legendary vampire character.

      16. @aiya I still can’t get over A’holle!! I hope you guys told him why you guys laugh whenever saying his name! Poor guy. As for Dracula…I’m just going to say his name actually fit him….!! Have I met anyone with that name since him? Nope! So I guess he is unique. ehehehehheheh

      17. @peanutbutterjelly

        I’m sure if we had funny Chinese names, they wouldn’t hesitate to laugh continuously. Are you sure all these names are accepted in their culture and society? Do you think if a businessman in Hong Kong called themselves Babyjohn and no one will bat an eyelid? If you applied for a job with a name such as Demon on you CV, will the employer take you seriously? To me it makes it easy differentiating the well educated to the less educated. It can sometimes be forgiven if an entertainer wants a shortcut to fame by using a funny name but for an average citizen, it gives a bad perception of them already.

      18. @jimmyszeto We have to be mindful that these “unorthodox” names are just aliases; they are not legally given names and won’t appear on any official documents (eg CV) anytime soon. For example, you won’t find the name Jelly on the filming contract she signed with Stephen Chow (who himself is not legally named as such).

        As such, there is nothing wrong with having a little fun with them as long as they understand the potentials for them to become joke butts.

      19. @aiya
        Totally understand where you are coming from but I wouldn’t be surprised some of these people stuck their English names on their CVs thinking it will make look more sophisticated and professional.It gives the employer the opposite impression instead.

      20. @jimmyszeto

        Rimsky Yuen is a lawyer and the third and current Secretary for Justice of Hong Kong. He took office on 1 July 2012

        Dr. York Chow was the Secretary for Food and Health of Hong Kong and a member of the Executive Council. He was appointed as Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food in 2004.

        Your point being?

        Again, you’re looking at the whole HK-english name culture from your own narrowminded and Western colored perspective. Assuming people with ‘weird’ English names in Hong Kong aren’t well educated or can get a decent job because of it. Yet these two succesful people are called Rimsky and York.

      21. @jimmyszeto “I’m sure if we had funny Chinese names, they wouldn’t hesitate to laugh continuously”

        I wouldn’t laugh. I’ve seen a white guy with the Chinese character for ‘poison’ tattooed on his arm. Whatever floats your boat man.

        I’ve known Hong Kong people with far ‘weirder’ names than Demon. Hell, in Taiwan there is a singer called Alien Huang. Besides, HK people change their English names every few weeks or so, it doesn’t really matter.

        “To me it makes it easy differentiating the well educated to the less educated.”

        Besides the fact that this is horribly classist and snobbish of you, it’s also dangerous to judge essentially another culture from our Western-filled perspective. I presume that you are, just like me, born in the West (or at least had a great deal of Western influences in your life) with Asian roots. It just feels a tad too judgemental just because we’re more used to ‘William Smith’ instead of ‘Kawaii Lee’ who will no doubt change it to ‘Rainbow’ or something after a month or so.

        You have to remember those English ‘names’ are rarely ever given names anyway, they just pick one that sounds ‘cool’ or ‘cute’ and use it for as long as they see fit. It’s not harming anyone.

      22. @peanutbutterjelly
        It’s so meaningless to point out a few examples to justify an argument. If someone tattooed the words ‘poison’ it’s quite obvious it’s not their name. The perception of a boss with good understanding of English would take the typical name more seriously. Why are we separating this into cultures when many from Hong Kong think that it’s normal to use English because they ‘were’ a British colony and China wasn’t. If they were adapting parts of our culture, shouldn’t they adapt it more respectably?

      23. @jimmyszeto I think it’s even more meaningless to assume than me pointing out factual evidence to prove the opposite of what you’re claiming. But maybe that’s just me.

        British colony or not HK has developed into its own culture. They’re not Brittain. Get off your high horse.

        ” If they were adapting parts of our culture, shouldn’t they adapt it more respectably?”

        You know what’s even less ‘respectable’? Colonizing a country. Why do you think Hong Kong is the way it is now? This western-worshipping, mainland/self-hating culture doesn’t come out of nowhere.

        Westernization was pretty much forced down their throat during colonizing years until they begin to idolize it. Hong Kong is the definition of stockholm syndrome if you ask me.

        How dare you, as a Chinese person, turn around and say that HK people are the ones not being ‘respectable’ merely for preferring names like ‘Jelly’ over ‘Susan’ and not the ones that brainwashed them for decades thinking how much more sophisticated ‘your culture’ is?

        You must be so proud of your sophisticatedly whitewashed education that you never bothered to learn the history of your ancestors.

      24. @peanutbutterjelly

        I’m not the one proud of my culture. HKs are the ones who are proud of their own culture which is why they segregate and look down on the Chinese believing their own superiority. You can childishly analyse every single one of my sentences all you want. I could do exactly the same to you but it’s pointless. Unless either of us can generate any statistical proof then our claims are merely opinions. So far your only examples are 2 successful HK citizens with names that aren’t too ridiculous plus you yourself saying you wouldn’t laugh if a foreigner was named something like ‘camel hump’ in Chinese or something else. Well done for using google but you haven’t exactly proved anything other than offer biased opinions.

      25. @jimmyszeto

        “HKs are the ones who are proud of their own culture which is why they segregate and look down on the Chinese believing their own superiority.”

        How different are they from you then? You are also looking down on HK culture by positioning yourself in a way that mock their fodness for unusual English names.

        And did you just miss my part about that: Westernization was pretty much forced down their throat during colonizing years until they begin to idolize it. Hong Kong is the definition of stockholm syndrome if you ask me.

        “Well done for using google but you haven’t exactly proved anything other than offer biased opinions”

        Excuse me? You are making aboslutely NO sense at all. Read your own previous replies. You claimed that HK people with ‘weird’ English names are 1) I quote: ‘less educated’ and 2) will never be taken seriously by potential employers.

        And with those two examples as evidence I totally disproved your generalising claims. Regardless of the quantity of evidence, it’s evidence no less.

        Just answer two questions:

        1) Did you claim those things or not?

        2) Are my two examples legitimate or not?

        If yes, just admit that I destroyed your claims and move on.

        PS: I think the only one with ‘biased opinions’ is the one who claimed that HK people with ‘weird’ English names are 1) I quote ‘less educated’ and 2) will never be taken seriously by potential employers. But that’s just my opinion 😉

      26. @peanutbutterjelly I don’t understand what is so funny about her name. Jelly is a memorable name. Indian actress named Dimple, and it is fine. Every culture has their own name and it is or maybe could be a literal translation like Fish and frankly no one actually calls her Fish but rather perhaps her chinese name which sounds like Fish in English.

        Even western people give crazy names to their children like inspector or prince or double KKs or triple As and what nots.

        Eason Chan is a good name, Hacken Lee is a good name. What’s wrong with Fruit Chan? Fruity sounds good too.

        It is a name and laugh all you want, these people are rich and famous and memorable.

        So far no one named themselves Sexy yet.

  3. dating or not, 17-year age gap is no biggie, look at Nicky Wu and Liu Shishi. just everyone is all shock and what not all because she is only 20. this would have been nicky and shishi if they met earlier. maybe she says she is single because william and her are only at the getting to know stage? who knows and it’s her life and the truth will come out soon.

  4. @peanutbutterjelly

    I said the perception of employers statistically.I didnt say all and didn’t mean every single one employer within the population.

    I’ve not denied that I feel that it is mainly just Hong Kong people that are using funny names. That isn’t segregation. I’m just pointing out something that is true! If you like to point out 2 people as evidence, I can point out at least 3 that have just laughed at the names just on this site alone. I don’t think it a problem to find a few employers preferring names called John rather than BabyJohn either.

    Stop being pathetic! I could do the same and ask you simple questions.1.Did people laugh or not? 2.Did the others take them seriously after hearing these names? It wont mean a thing.

    I cant believe you claim to be unbiased when all your arguments are your opinions. You have been siding and protective since your first post here

    Hong Kong people cant have it both ways! Either claim that westernization is forced upon them and side with China or be choose proud of the western parts of the culture. Cant just take what’s best from both cultures/countries to their advantage whilst blaming them at the same time.

    Unless you can statistically prove that you are correct and i’m wrong, then I’m going to go back to laughing at these ‘food’ names and you go back to getting on your knees and worship the Hong Kong citizens. There’s no conflict at all!

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