JUST MARRIED: Chinese actors Zanilia Zhao (or Zhao Liying) and Feng Shaofeng sprung a surprise on fans when both parties formally announced news of their marriage on Weibo this morning. The announcement, which coincided with Zanilia’s 31st birthday, was seen as a double celebration by fans of the actors.
The two actors posted a picture of their hands holding their marriage certificates as well as a photo of themselves taken for the government issued certificate with two words: “Official announcement”.
No further details were given about their relationship or when they started dating and if they are expecting a bun in the oven like rumours suggested. This is their first formal acknowledgement of their relationship.
Prior to this announcement, a netizen revealed last week that Zanilia and Shaofeng were due to announce their relationship soon, but the actress was only able to do so after her two-year contract with her current manager has ended.
Zanilia made headlines last week when she and her manager announced that they will be ending their business relationship of two years. He wished her well on her “new journey” in life then, sparking speculations that the two actors will be settling down soon.
After Zanilia announced her plans to fly solo, Chinese media reported that she will be sharing a publicity team with Shaofeng.
Rumours of the pair dating surfaced after they were sighted wearing matching jackets and spending time together even when not on set last year. They got to know each other after working on 2018 Chinese New Year flick The Monkey King 3 and partnered up again to play lovers in a 70-episode Chinese period series, The Story of Ming Lan, due to air soon.
The lovebirds have been sighted in public in Beijing multiple times and, according to Chinese media, were seen sweeping the shelves for baby products in Hong Kong.
Zanilia announced that she will be taking a break for three months to nurse her body back to health in July this year, sparking speculations that she was expecting, although these rumours have been shot down by her agency.
Shaofeng is a prolific actor in China and was previously in a three-year relationship with Chinese actress Nini; his relationship with Nini ended in 2016 due to him allegedly cheating on her with another Chinese actress, Jelly Lin.
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