ast Saturday, Jay Chou’s wife, Taiwanese actress Hannah Quinlivan (昆凌) found herself under attack after a nationalist Weibo user accused her of supporting Taiwanese independence citing “evidence” from an old interview.
The 24-year-old Taipei-born actress and model has an Australian father and a Chinese-Korean mother. She first gained popularity at the age of 15 as a cast member on the Taiwanese variety show Blackie’s Teenage Club. Later, she launched her acting career in the 2012 rom-com series, Ti Amo Chocolate. In 2015, she married Taiwanese pop superstar Jay Chou. The couple have two children, a daughter and a son.
In his post, the Weibo user (鬼島天師阿強) attacked Quinlivan for once saying that she is a “citizen” of Taiwan, posting screenshots from an interview conducted five years ago from when she had just returned from a trip to Australia. “I represent the citizens of Taiwan and Australia, so I can help to advance [relations between Taiwan and Australia],” read the subtitles in the screenshots.
The Weibo user also calls out Jay Chou, writing, “Jay Chou, you are Chinese, but does your woman need to be educated?“
In response to the Weibo post and the resulting controversy, Quinlivan released a brief statement through her agent to Apple Daily. “I don’t know much about politics and I’m not interested in it. I am focused on the work that I love and my family,” she said.
It turns out that Quinlivan isn’t the first star to be targeted by this pro-China Weibo user. In the past, he has also “exposed” Taiwanese actress Ariel Lin and actor Lego Lee as alleged pro-independence supporters.
Just last week, Taiwanese actress Vivian Sung found herself under fire for calling Taiwan her favorite “country” in an old interview. Sung is the star of the hottest movie in China at the moment. Quickly, she issued an apology on Weibo to quiet things down, writing: “I am Chinese… Taiwan is my homeland. China is my motherland.”