Jet Li Shares Secret to Winning a Woman’s Heart
He may be an accomplished martial artist on the big screen, but in real life, Jet Li (李連杰) struggled for years to perfect the art of courtship. Recently, the superstar opened up about his marriage and shared the practical promise that won him the hand of his wife, Miss Asia Pageant winner Nina Li (利智).
Jet and Nina met while collaborating on 1989’s film Dragon Fight <龍在天涯>. Jet was married to his first wife during this time, but he eventually divorced in 1990. In later interviews, he reflected that he did not truly know what love was and only married to repay his wife for her love and financial support during his early career. He fortunately found all the answers when he began dating Nina. Winner of ATV’s Miss Asia Pageant in 1986, Nina participated in many films during the late eighties and gained popularity for her beauty and sexy figure. She suddenly announced her retirement in 1992 and seemed to have disappeared completely from the limelight.
A private person, Jet rarely discusses his family or personal life. While taping an episode of Mainland reality talent show Amazing Chinese <出彩中國人>, he surprisingly broke tradition in order to help a contestant propose to his girlfriend. Despite his success, Jet joked that wooing Nina was actually quite a challenge.”She had many pursuers, and I happen to be the least remarkable. Being good at martial arts did not help at all.”
What finally won Nina’s heart was just a simple promise: “From now on, I will give you every cent I earn!” While it may seem unromantic by today’s standards, Jet’s willingness to give up his assets in exchange for her love exudes old-fashioned loyalty and commitment. Moved by Jet’s sincere promise, Nina married Jet in 1999 and the two continue to share a happy and loving marriage to this day.
This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.