opping the charts on Weibo today is a revelation from superstar Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi that her parents did not initially approve one bit to her marriage to Wang Feng, a playboy rocker known for cheating in past relationships.
A Beijing-born rock musician who came to fame in the early 2000s before experiencing a later career renaissance as a coach on various singing talent shows, Wang has been divorced twice and has two daughters from his previous relationships.
In 2013, he divorced his second wife when their daughter was only 8 months old. That wife went on to accuse Wang of having numerous affairs. A short time later, he was dating Zhang Ziyi.
Wang’s scandalous past was not lost on Zhang’s parents. During a talk show appearance last week, Zhang spoke about how starting a relationship with Wang had strained her relationship with her parents. “They couldn’t even mention his name,” she remembered.
While this revelation had caused a bit of a social media stir last week when it first popped up, Zhang’s comments have now become the top trending topic on Weibo after the BBC picked up the story with netizens joking that the news outlet had managed to renew Wang’s dimming fame yet again.
Zhang said that over time her parents did eventually grow to accept Wang. The rocker proposed to Zhang in 2015 by throwing her a lavish 36th birthday party — at a reported cost of 1 million yuan ($150,000) — where he flew in a 9.15 carat diamond ring bought from Moussaieff Jewellers Ltd. in London on a drone.