Hong Kong actor Louis Koo (古天樂) and Taiwanese actress Joe Chen (陳喬恩) have been in a secret relationship for the last two years, according to Ming Pao Weekly. Although the couple had a rift earlier, they have not officially broken up.
The pair was allegedly introduced to each other by a mutual friend in 2010 and started dating half a year later. Louis and Joe were reportedly very serious about their relationship and considered each other as potential marriage partners.
When Louis’ relationship was exposed this week, the press tried to get a hold of Louis to respond to the matter in Thailand, where he is shooting his crime film, The Cartel War <掃毒>. Louis, however, chose not to comment.
Louis is known for keeping his private life as far from the spotlight as possible. To this day, Louis’ only acknowledged girlfriend was former Miss Hong Kong contestant Natalie Wong (黃紀瑩), whom he dated for seven years during the 1990s.
Why Louis Likes Joe
Louis and Joe may have successfully kept their relationship hidden from the public’s eyes, but their romance was widely acknowledged within close family friends. A source told the magazine, “A group of friends came together two years ago for Louis’ birthday. Joe was there sitting on the VIP spot. We all know what was going on!”
Joe once told a close friend that she admired Louis’ kindness, attentiveness, and filial nature. On the other hand, Louis is attracted to Joe’s unique personality. “Louis finds Joe’s personality very special. She is pure and not cunning. He also likes how Joe is not clingy and gives him a lot of privacy.”
Reportedly working towards marriage, Louis and Joe are patient and willing to overcome their long-distance relationship. Whenever Joe is on a break, she will travel to Hong Kong to visit him. “Joe and Jin Yong (金庸) are very close. Jin Yong and his wife see Joe as their goddaughter, and whenever she comes to Hong Kong, she almost always stays at Jin Yong’s place. I heard that she once brought Louis over to eat dinner with Jin Yong and a few other seniors,” an insider said. Louis, too, would sneak to visit Joe in Taiwan whenever he has free time.
Last November, while Louis filmed Inferno 3D <逃出生天3D> in Thailand, Joe was spotted walking around the same hotel that Louis stayed at. A crew member revealed, “The actors all stayed at the Emporium Suites, and I saw Joe arriving at the hotel. It turned out that she was there to see Louis. She didn’t visit him on set though.”
Louis and Joe in a Fight?
Louis and Joe have reportedly gotten into a fight after Louis’ good friend, Sandra Ng (吳君如), revealed last December that she tried to match make Louis with You Are the Apple of My Eye <那些年，我們一起追的女孩> star, Michelle Chen (陳妍希). Joe became upset and got into an argument with Louis over the phone, which ended with the pair giving each other the cold shoulder. The argument was allegedly the reason behind Joe’s travel to New York, where she took classes. However, a source revealed that Louis’ dinner with Michelle and Sandra was not the main cause behind the couple’s temporary rift.
“Louis does not have any feelings for Michelle. When this piece of news was published, Joe did not get made at Michelle because she doesn’t believe the reports. She never asked Louis about it. Right now, they are going through problems that typical couples will encounter. We all know that Louis has several films on his hands. He doesn’t have enough time for Joe, and she is a bit disappointed about it. Small fights escalated to bigger ones because they are both quite stubborn. They wouldn’t call each other to apologize, but they have not broken up.”
After starring together with ex-flame, Wallace Huo (霍建華), in the mainland Chinese wuxia drama Swordsman<笑傲江湖>, old romantic rumors flared again for the ex-couple. Joe’s ambiguous Weibo posts were interpreted that they have gotten back together, but perhaps Joe’s posts were not meant for Wallace after all.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.