Zanilia Zhao Liying (趙麗穎) and William Feng Shaofeng (馮紹峰) shocked the public when they suddenly announced their divorce in 2020, merely two years after marriage. The ex-couple remains on friendly terms while sharing custody of their 4-year-old son. Despite her hectic career and schedule, Zhao Liying continues to make efforts to spend time with her son.
Keeping a low profile through the years, Zhao Liying surprised fans when she started being more active on social media, sharing food pictures, tidbits of her life, as well as makeup-free selfies. Most recently, she shared a photo of her son on social media. Sharp-eyed netizens noticed that it appears her 4-year-old son is wearing glasses already, and lambasted the 35-year-old actress for being an irresponsible and negligent mother.
Although Zhao Liying did not directly respond to the criticism, she shared her experiences as a mother and her parenting style in a recent interview. Admitting that she will not become a Tiger Mom, she has grown to be more patient and hopes her son will grow up happy and healthy.
Approach on Work and Life
On being strict with herself, Zhao Liying sometimes will wonder why she makes herself work so hard. If she constantly challenges herself, then the public will continue to have higher and higher expectations of her. During these moments, Zhao Liying feels torn in different directions. A part of her wants to take a step back and rest, while she always does not want to fall behind. “If you don’t have expectations of yourself, then you’ll have no purpose or value. If you don’t have any value, then there is no point in living.”
For many artistes, their acting approach stems from their real life experiences and Zhao Liying is no exception. Sharing that she has seen a lot of changes in herself the past few years, Zhao Liying said one of her favorite things to do is sit at a café and enjoy a cup of coffee while waiting for her son to get out of school. “I like taking walks on my own now. I like to go out by myself and feast on different foods. I enjoy riding tandem bikes and especially love to take walks when the weather is nice.” Although she always maintains a hectic work schedule, Zhao Liying has learned to find joy in the small moments as well.
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.