The biggest news this week? Fan Bingbing and Li Chen announcing last Friday that they’re in a relationship. The two got close while filming The Empress of China (武媚娘传奇), though they didn’t portray a couple in that drama. This is the first time in her 19-year-long career that Fan Bingbing has publicly admitted that she was dating someone.
Their fairly low-key approach to announcing that they were dating — they simply uploaded a photo of them on Weibo with the caption “Us” — has been replicated throughout the Weibosphere in the few days since. Most of the usage has been tongue-in-cheek, such as Jiro Wang with the Incredible Hulk and a random netizen who somehow got actor Lee Pace to hold up fake marriage certificates with her.
Anyway, congratulations to Fan Bingbing and Li Chen, and I hope they don’t let all the rumors about their past relationships drag them down.
The Bing/Chen relationship sort of overshadowed this next post, but it was actually a direct result of it. When promoting The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom with Huang Xiaoming, Fan Bingbing promised that if he got married, she would announce who her boyfriend was.
On May 27, Xiaoming did exactly that, posting his and Angelababy‘s marriage certificates, and true to her word, Bingbing announced that she was going out with Li Chen. Hooray for all these happy couples! (I’m not crying. ;o;)
By the way, Yang Mi revealed that when she was filming You Are My Sunshine (何以笙箫默) with Huang Xiaoming, he had already started doing research about getting married and having children. According to her, he plans to have two kids within three years.
Adding to the tally of happy couples is Yuan Hong, who officially announced that he was dating Zhang Xinyi when appearing at a promotional event for Takes a Real Man (真正男子汉). The two fell in love while filming Princess Jieyou (解忧公主).
I just received a lot of notifications on my phone and many messages. I’m very grateful. Saying good-bye to singleness, we are both doing well. A relationship is a personal matter, so I won’t reveal much else~ Thank you, everyone, for your concern!
A little random, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is now on Weibo! He’s one of the hosts for Talking to Hollywood (对话好莱坞), a (to quote him) “new show for film fans in China all about Hollywood movies.” His fellow host is Betty Zhou, a bilingual hostess/actress who’s also producing the series.
Chen Bolin showed off his new foot tattoo, which I’m sure the electronically addicted among you can relate to. I’m still reeling in shock after the confirmation that he, Ariel Lin, and Vic Chou will indeed be collaborating for the Go Lala Go! sequel.
The need to recharge
Actress Zhu Dan took some hilarious photos with Tony Yang when the two were filming for their new weekly series OB-Gyns (爱的妇产科).
Zhu Dan: Doctor Yang just finished an operation. He kept shouting that he wanted to eat fruit, but he was so tired that in the blink of an eye… Therefore, the considerate Doctor Ye decided to make his wishes come true.
Tony Yang: No wonder when I woke up, I felt like my Vitamin C levels were very full.
And now for some boyband love! Zhang Yuan put up a screencap from how-old.net, a website that tries to guess the ages of people in photographs. Everyone else in Top Combine landed in the 20-something range, but Zhang Yuan, who actually just celebrated his 30th birthday yesterday, somehow turned into an 18-year-old! He was quite happy about that… until his good friend Allen Su stepped in.
By the way, if it feels like you haven’t seen the Top Combine boys in much lately, they’ll be in a new web series titled Weeping Garden (流泪花园). After watching the trailer, I’m still not sure what the show is supposed to be about… but it starts airing on Tencent on June 4.
As if it weren’t enough to already have a unique name in a population of 1.3 billion, M.I.C.‘s Tan Jianci announced a name change to the even stranger name Tan Xi’er 檀兮尔 (xī ěr). Zhao Yongxin has already nicknamed him 仙儿 (xian’er, but pronounced like xī er slurred together in Beijing dialect), and their manager has already moved on to 鑫儿 (xīn er, with Zhao Yongxin’s xin, but also sounds like xi’er if you slur it together differently). No reason was given for the change, or why he didn’t change his Weibo name, instead creating a new one (without the family name M.I.C. !).
Haha, so nervous … It’s like this : Tan Jianci has a new name. I’ve secretly changed my name for a while to get used to it, and now I’ll tell you, too! I hope you’ll remember and accept my new name, remember to call me @Tan Xi’er!
It was a triple birthday for M.I.C. on the 17th as team captain Wang Hao, top dog Bass, and original dog Shoggy celebrate their birthdays. For his birthday, Wang Hao sang a rap to thank his fans. Parts of transcription thanks to 时间解开尘封的X. Listen to it here.
AD 1987 May 17th gave birth to a miracle.
Although he’s made no big marks, but he’s never said uncle.
A lot of of people think he gave up on music to do business, but he’s just looking for the perfect synthesis.
He likes hip-hop, popping, and may even more.
He likes tattoos, street style, of what others think he doesn’t care.
There’s a belief he’ll always remember, for M.I.C.’s flag will always fly high in the sky.
Thank you for those who still remain, using your heart to scream.
Who knows the food on the plate, came as a result of how many grains we’ve planted. ** reference to poem Toiling Farmers
In the time remaining, leave it to us five. Look forward to the future, with us by your side.
M.I.C., do it.