After Fan Bingbing admitted to her relationship with her Empress of China co-star Li Chen via a Weibo post in May, the Chinese actress revealed the reasons behind her confession during a recent interview.
Despite getting caught on their dates on several occasions, Bingbing and Li Chen had refused to address rumours about their status. The actress shared that the main reason for finally coming clean about their romance is because of the paparazzi.
“I don’t want my relationship to become a money-making tool for the paparazzi. That is so not worth it. Love cannot be measured by money,” she emphasised.
As the couple was in a stable relationship, Bingbing also thought that there was no need to keep the public guessing anymore. In addition, the 33-year-old wanted to prove that they are not a “gimmicky couple” who only got together for promotional purposes, unlike what some netizens have labelled them to be.
“I don’t wish to lose the pleasures in life because of my status [as a celebrity],” said the actress.