The relentless rumor mill took an irreparable toll on their relationship.
One of the few Chinese actresses who has made a name for herself in Hollywood, Li Bingbing (李冰冰) last appeared in 2018’s The Meg <極悍巨鯊>, which had garnered US$530 million worldwide. Since then, she has rarely attended any public activities nor appeared onscreen, deliberately keeping a low profile but speculations over her love life continued. Turning 48 recently, Bingbing is newly single after ending her four-year romance with finance professional Xu Wennan (許文楠), who is 16 years her junior.
Relentless Rumor Mill
Their May-December romance and the couple’s unequal financial status led to a barrage of verbal attacks from netizens on Wennan, ever since Bingbing readily admitted the romance on social media in 2017 after the press spotted the two behaving intimately on a private beach in Sanya, China.
Despite Bingbing keeping a low-profile and fiercely defending Wennan, the relationship could not take the pressure of continued rumors and baseless allegations. Even Wennan’s positive traits became fodder for gossip.
In January last year, the actress was spotted with a ring on her index finger, evoking marriage rumors. Her lack of response only caused the rumor mill to go into overdrive, later evoking unfounded talk of Wennan coercing Bingbing to pay his debts from failed investments, about him owing tens of millions of dollars, and even about how the couple was being blackmailed with their intimate bedroom photos. The actress responded to the baseless talk with legal action.
Praises Her Ex
Bingbing realized how “rumors could break even the toughest person” and that “love should not be about one party giving.” The couple chose to end the relationship after long deliberation, so both parties could be “more at ease,” and described their current relationship as closer than family with blood ties.
After breaking up, Bingbing was nevertheless full of praise for Wennan, describing him as “especially positive and kind” and that he had “reshaped her ideas about love.”
Before this, Bingbing only had fleeting rumors with Aaron Kwok (郭富城) and Taiwanese star Ken Chu (朱孝天). With her new single status, many netizens encourage her to try dating long-time friend, 46 year-old Quan Ren (任泉).
This article is written by JoyceK for JayneStars.com.