Above: Wen Zhang with girlfriend, Yao Di, and wife, Ma Yili.
Mainland Chinese actor Wen Zhang (文章), best known for his recent starring performances in the romantic comedy film Love Is Not Blind <失恋33天> and the Stephen Chow (周星馳) fantasy epic Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons <西游·降魔篇>, has admitted on his Weibo that he cheated on his wife, award-winning actress Ma Yili (马伊琍).
Wen Zhang in Love with Yao Di for Years?
For years, 29-year-old Wen Zhang and 32-year-old Yao Di (姚笛), his costar from their 2011 television drama series Naked Wedding <裸婚时代>, were rumored to be an item. Gossip magazines stated that the onscreen pair fell in love on set, but both Wen Zhang and Yao Di maintained that they were only close friends.
Their underground relationship came to light several days ago, when Wen Zhang and Yao Di were spotted meeting up in Shenzhen. They then traveled to Hong Kong, where the paparazzi snapped photos of them behaving intimately together. A magazine published the breaking news and a photo of Wen Zhang and Yao Di linking arms made it to the front cover. Numerous candid photos of the pair were being shared online, taking the Chinese Internet by storm.
Wen Zhang Apologizes for Cheating
Wen Zhang and Yao Di stayed silent after their cheating scandal broke out, but on the midnight of March 31, 2014, Wen Zhang posted a statement on his Weibo, confirming his cheating rumors. In his statement, he apologized for his actions. “I have only myself to blame,” stated Wen Zhang. “When it’s wrong, it’s wrong. It has nothing to do with anyone else. With my smooth acting career, I have become extremely conceited and arrogant. I am willing to take responsibility for the consequences of my actions.
“I’ve failed Ma Yili and our child. I’ve failed my family. I’ve failed the title as husband and father. I’ve failed everyone who has placed their hopes and expectations in me. I’m sorry and please accept my most heartfelt apologies. Yili and our child could have had a beautiful life, but I ruined it. My wrong behavior does not deserve forgiveness.” Wen Zhang continued to say that the harm he has caused on his family is irreversible, but “I want to make up for it, must make up for it, and this will be my life from today and beyond. I hope from this day on, I will no longer fail others.”
Wen Zhang’s post was reshared over 1.2 million times, leaving behind over 1.8 million comments.
Wife, Yili’s Response
A few minutes later, Yili posted a response on her Weibo, “Loving is easy. Marriage is not. Do and cherish.” Yili’s message attracted over 2 million upvotes with over a million comments, all showing their support for Yili.
Wen Zheng and Yili met on the set of the 2005 television drama Jinyiwei <锦衣卫>. Their relationship attracted widespread media attention at the time – Wen Zhang was still considered a rookie, while Yili, who is eight years older than Wen Zhang, was an acclaimed actress. The couple married in 2008. Their first daughter, Wen Junzhu, was born in 2009. Yili is currently pregnant with their second child.
Wen Zhang’s Response Lacks Sincerity?
Alert netizens questioned Wen Zhang’s sincerity towards his cheating as his released press statement resembled the verbiage and phrases from musician Gao Xiaosong’s (高曉松) press statement after he was pulled over for drunk driving.
As Wen Zhang’s cheating scandal continued to draw fire from netizens as well as increased media coverage, he lost his temper and posted on his Weibo, “I’m wrong; it’s entirely my own fault.” Addressing the onslaught of negative reports, Wen questioned, “When will this end? If you want me to play, don’t involve anyone else. I’ll play with you! My life is worthless; I’ll play with you till the end!”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.