The married life of Mr and Mrs Jay Chou

One year ago, Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan walked down the aisle and said ‘I do’

Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan's pre-wedding photoshoot in Europe
Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan's pre-wedding photoshoot in Europe
15 Jan 2016

Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan's pre-wedding photoshoot in Europe

Welcome to the sweet married life of Mr and Mrs Jay Chou: Jay and Hannah formally husband and wife, after dating for four years, and said their ‘I dos’ in a grand fairytale-like wedding held at Selby Abbey in North Yorkshire, England, one year ago, on Jay’s 36th birthday. A few more wedding banquets (in Taiwan and Australia) and honeymoon vacations later, they announced that Hannah was expecting and officially entered parenthood in July. Here’s a sweet recap of their past year together as a married couple and how they went from a family unit of two to three.

January 18: The wedding at Selby Abbey
January 18: The wedding at Selby Abbey
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January 18: The wedding at Selby Abbey

When your husband-to-be sings and composes his own music, you can expect to walk down the aisle to a song written specially for you, just like Hannah did, on her big day. The cosy ceremony which was attended by 50 close family members and friends was capped off with a bang with a live band, orchestra and fireworks.

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Video of Jay Chou, Hannah Quinlivan’s wedding goes viral

February 9: A circus-themed wedding in Taipei
February 9: A circus-themed wedding in Taipei
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February 9: A circus-themed wedding in Taipei

After a grand wedding bash in Europe, the newly-weds opted for a fun circus-themed party in Taipei which was estimated to have cost the groom a tidy sum of NT$6 million (approximately S$260,000). Part of the money went to the opulent decoration of the outdoor venue that was housed under a huge circus tent-like canopy – and they went to the extent of hiring a magician on set to amuse wedding guests with little tricks.

Related:
Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan’s S$260k wedding in Taipei

March 10: A third wedding on the beach in Brisbane, Australia
March 10: A third wedding on the beach in Brisbane, Australia
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March 10: A third wedding on the beach in Brisbane, Australia

There’s no shortage of wedding theme ideas and this time round Jay and Hannah frolicked in the sun, sand and sea with their guests at their beach wedding luncheon in Brisbane. This celebration was slightly more “informal” and reportedly organised for Hannah’s extended family as her 80-something grandparents were too old to travel to Europe for their wedding bash.

Related:
Jay Chou holds third wedding ceremony at Hannah’s hometown

Late March: Spotted honeymooning around the world
Late March: Spotted honeymooning around the world
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Late March: Spotted honeymooning around the world

From Tokyo to London, fans reported sightings of the lovebirds enjoying their time together in the Japanese and English cities during their honeymoon trips. They were even said to be remarkably down-to-earth with their spending at these places – queuing to board the public bus, shopping for past-season clothes and even dining at regular restaurants, without making a fuss about their superstar statuses.

April 3: The baby news
April 3: The baby news
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April 3: The baby news

Just when you think married life can’t get any better – the multi-hyphenate drops the b-bomb on everyone through an official announcement on his Facebook page about their bun in the oven. Accompanying the post was a cute picture of his fake paunch and Hannah’s baby belly. Cute!

July 5: Celebration of their first wedding anniversary
July 5: Celebration of their first wedding anniversary
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July 5: Celebration of their first wedding anniversary

It turns out, they registered their marriage in July 2014 before saying ‘I do’ at Selby Abbey in January 2015. And how did fans find out? Jay unwittingly let the cat out of the bag when he explained the purpose behind the couple’s road trip: “We finally have more free time lately. Besides coming to Yilan County (Taiwan) for a vacation, it’s also a celebration of our wedding anniversary, since you (Hannah) cannot travel too far by plane.”

Lesson learned: be mindful of what you post on social media.

July 8: Jay hopes the baby will resemble Hannah
July 8: Jay hopes the baby will resemble Hannah
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July 8: Jay hopes the baby will resemble Hannah

As speculations continue to swirl over the gender of baby Chou (Jay bought all-black baby products to prevent leaking any clues) with more tidbits shared about “it” (the baby responds better to music by other singers instead of Jay’s), the dad-to-be dropped another big clue on the baby’s gender when he said he’d hope their kid takes after Hannah. Awww…

July 14: Jay releases news of the arrival of their baby girl
July 14: Jay releases news of the arrival of their baby girl
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July 14: Jay releases news of the arrival of their baby girl

A few days later, Jay shared about the arrival of their baby girl through a brief phone interview: “We have a daughter now; Hannah and I are very happy.” The baby’s exact date of birth and pictures of the infant were not shared to protect the family’s privacy. When persistent fans pressed him for a “reveal”, the good humoured dad teased them and shared a concept artwork of little “Chou Chou” instead.

Aiyo, not bad.

July 14: Hannah’s pregnancy photoshoot revealed
July 14: Hannah’s pregnancy photoshoot revealed
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July 14: Hannah’s pregnancy photoshoot revealed

We guess the couple are all about #throwback pictures too. After Hannah gave birth, she shared pictures of a sexy biker photoshoot which featured Jay taken during her pregnancy. Hannah (she’s only 22 years old, by the way) rocked a mid-riff baring top, bling-bling and leather gear with her protruding belly showing. Hot mama? Definitely.

August 9: Jay shares his first picture with baby Chou to commemorate Fathers’ day
August 9: Jay shares his first picture with baby Chou to commemorate Fathers’ day
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August 9: Jay shares his first picture with baby Chou to commemorate Fathers’ day

The master of deception, once again, teased fans with a back shot of little “Chou Chou” on Fathers’ Day (Aug 8) in Taiwan. While he didn’t reveal the baby’s face, the usually reticent artiste wore his heart on his sleeve and expressed his feelings of becoming a dad by writing, “It’s a very special feeling, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Father's Day,” on social media.

September 15: A rare goofy wefie after becoming parents
September 15: A rare goofy wefie after becoming parents
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September 15: A rare goofy wefie after becoming parents

They are not the type of couple who’d bombard social media with tons of lovey-dovey pictures, but when they have a wefie to share – you’d know it is guaranteed to be good. Like this picture of Hannah and Jay posing with bean sprout hairclips that were – once upon a time – all the rage in China.

October 31: Jay and Hannah get in the Halloween fun
October 31: Jay and Hannah get in the Halloween fun
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October 31: Jay and Hannah get in the Halloween fun

Even after becoming parents, they know how to have fun and dressed up in “comic style” for Halloween last year.

November 5: Parents celebrate Hathaway’s 100th day with a peek of her face
November 5: Parents celebrate Hathaway’s 100th day with a peek of her face
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November 5: Parents celebrate Hathaway’s 100th day with a peek of her face

Here’s what we know about little Chou Chou from the sneak peeks we’ve seen so far: She has really long luscious eyelashes and she’s called Hathaway because - according to Jay - Hannah (Quinlivan) + thaw (melt) + Jay (Chou) = Hathaway, which can also be interpreted as Hannah melting Jay’s heart, as suggested by Hannah.

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November 25: Hannah reveals how Jay proposed – she wasn’t too happy about it initially
November 25: Hannah reveals how Jay proposed – she wasn’t too happy about it initially
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November 25: Hannah reveals how Jay proposed – she wasn’t too happy about it initially

Here’s what we already know about the proposal from Hannah: “I think most girls would have been touched; I was surprised by the fireworks and I was really touched by the environment and atmosphere created.”

But in recent interviews, according to Mrs Chou, all she wanted to do – on the day of the proposal – was stay in and sleep, but Jay had insisted they head out for a meal instead. At the restaurant, four couples around them took turns to propose to their dinner partners and when it finally got to Jay’s turn, he asked the golden question and she said yes, naturally. While it was romantic, Jay’s missus still bears grudges of the surreal surprise. “I was angry he didn’t insist I put on nicer clothes [for the proposal]” recalled the missus at an interview on Aya Liu’s variety programme.

Men, we hope you’re taking notes - never repeat the same mistake as Jay. 

Jan 1: A full frontal shot of Hathaway revealed
Jan 1: A full frontal shot of Hathaway revealed
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Jan 1: A full frontal shot of Hathaway revealed

To celebrate the dawn of a new year, mama Hannah posted a sleeping picture of Hathaway’s face and shared her wishes for 2016: “2015 was a fulfilling year. [I’d like to] thank everyone for their support and company the past year and I hope everyone will have a healthy and happy 2016.” Check out Hathaway’s chubby cheeks and – again – her long enviable lashes!

Jan 9: Jay’s three rules for Hannah revealed – no intimate scenes, no hugging and no hand holding
Jan 9: Jay’s three rules for Hannah revealed – no intimate scenes, no hugging and no hand holding
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Jan 9: Jay’s three rules for Hannah revealed – no intimate scenes, no hugging and no hand holding

She returned to work almost immediately after giving birth to Hathaway, but unbeknownst to everyone, it was revealed that Hannah and Jay made a pact on a set of policies to abide by at work: No filming of intimate scenes with male co-stars, not hugging and no hand holding.

At a recent event, Hannah confirmed that this three-rule policy was a mutual decision made by the couple. “After marriage, a woman should uphold the image of a mother and wife,” she explained, fully supportive of the policies.

Everyone says Hannah lucked out when she married Jay, but why do we think it’s the reverse instead?

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