Rising to popularity with fantasy drama Love Between Fairy and Devil <蒼蘭訣>, 24-year-old Chinese actor Zhang Linghe (張凌赫) is rumored to be dating his Story of Kunning Palace <寧安如夢> co-star Bai Lu (白鹿)!
Bai Lu Spotted Staying Over at Zhang Linghe’s Place
Filming for costume drama Story of Kunning Palace wrapped recently on September 8, but the two leads, who have a four-year gap between them, already appear to be making quick progress in the romantic department!
Actress Bai Lu was spotted visiting Zhang Linghe’s home twice – the first time accompanied by her assistant, who left swiftly after Bai Lu dialed the passcode to his unit. The 28-year-old actress was even captured on camera making a heart gesture then, and only left the next morning. Aware of his daughter’s blossoming romance, Bai Lu’s father was even spotted picking her up from Zhang Linghe’s place the next day.
Hints of Brewing Romance
Playing detective, netizens dug out displays of affection as hints that the two’s close relationship had been brewing all along:
Bai Lu once addressed Zhang Linghe by his real name “Jia Wei” on a livestream while he called her “Lulu”; their co-star Wang Xingyue (王星越) posted his well wishes for Bai Lu’s birthday along with a photo of the three of them on set, in which Zhang Linghe could be seen resting his chin directly on her outstretched palms, whereas Wang’s face maintained a polite distance from her hands.
Zhang Linghe was also seen wiping cake cream off her face when the crew threw her a birthday celebration on set; and was also spotted gently sweeping stray hairs from the actress’s face during behind-the-scenes footage, in addition to their interactions on social media.
Zhang Linghe’s Fan Numbers Fall
Given that Zhang Linghe’s career is currently on the uprise, his agency is said to be vehemently opposed about the actor’s entanglement in the gossip mill, while Bai Lu’s studio is maintaining neutrality. Fans of the actor have reacted in the negative, even making their unhappiness heard by unfollowing the actor on social media — sending his fan numbers plummeting by tens of thousands within a day.
While taken by surprise, netizens mostly noted that both parties are unmarried adults, and that it was even the “perfect time to go official, given that they were pairing up as a couple in their new drama”, whereas those in opposition commented “…will stop following Zhang Linghe! Giving in to his romantic brain instead of focusing on work!” Shooting back, supportive netizens pointed out the “unreasonable” expectations of Zhang Linghe’s fans, in hoping their idol would never date.
Asked about the actress’s new romantic developments, Bai Lu’s manager Yu Zhen (于正) took an ambiguous stand in his Weibo responses, implying it was perfectly natural for A-list actresses to trend on searches and be the talk of town.