29 Jun 2019
Celeb splits that people can’t stop talking about
There are some celeb breakups that make you go, ‘Wait, they were dating?’
On the other end of the spectrum, there are splits that prompt a flurry of crying emojis (true story, if you check out our Instagram post on the Song-Song couple’s divorce), and even end up trending worldwide.
In the ever-changing world of showbiz, it’s not every day you find former couples that are so well-regarded (or notorious) that people keep talking about them years after they break up.
With Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo, along with Fan Bingbing and Li Chen joining our ill-fated list of celeb breakups that people can’t stop talking about, here’s the CliffsNotes version of what you need to know about these ex-couples, even if it’s for the next time you want to join in on the water cooler talk about celebs you honestly don’t care about.
Read on for more.
29 Jun 2019
Lin Chi-ling, Jerry Yan
Their love life in a nutshell: There is no exact timeline for this former golden couple’s relationship, which is believed to have lasted for six years before they broke up in 2006. It is widely believed that one of the reasons behind their split was Jerry's abrasive nature, when he chided her for falling off a horse in 2005, which was reported to have hurt the model greatly.
Although the pair acknowledged that they had dated in the past, neither Chi-ling nor Jerry, who are both Taiwanese, talk much about their dating history, though we have had glimpses through the years – he said he “regrets” how he handled a past breakup while she reportedly ended things for good with Jerry because of his “ghosting” habits, despite rumours of a reunion after they were seen together in Malaysia in November 2017.
Why people can’t stop talking about their split: To be completely fair, the former couple bring each other up pretty often – both directly and indirectly.
That aside, it’s something about this couple that makes people want to see them get back together – even when Chi-ling announced her surprise marriage to Japanese singer Akira, the second highest trending search term was Jerry’s name, with many questioning why her partner was someone else.
Also, it doesn’t help that there are claims, including one from Jerry’s ex-girlfriend, that Chi-ling is still the love of his life.
29 Jun 2019
Nicholas Tse, Cecilia Cheung
Their love life in a nutshell: When the topic of Hong Kong stars Nicholas and Cecilia’s former relationship is brought up, another name is always mentioned: Faye Wong. Nicholas is believed to have dated both the actress and the singer at the same time, though there are conflicting reports about this.
In September 2006, Nicholas and Cecilia tied the knot on a private island in the Philippines, and their first child, Lucas, was born in August 2007. Months after, the Edison Chen sex scandal exploded and sexually explicit photos of Cecilia were leaked online. At the time, Nicholas declared that he would stand by her.
Their second child, Quintus, was born in May 2010. In August 2011, they announced that they were getting a divorce and would share custody of their two boys.
Why people can’t stop talking about their split: Nicholas and Cecilia are believed to see each other sporadically because of their sons. However, their names are now mentioned in the same breath more regularly because of Cecilia’s refusal to name the baby daddy of her third child.
There are some who believe that Nicholas is the father, although his father, Patrick Tse, has maintained that Cecilia’s third son has nothing to do with his family.
29 Jun 2019
Song Joong Ki, Song Hye Kyo
Their love life in a nutshell: The Korean actors first met in June 2015 as the pre-production started on hit drama Descendants of the Sun. They were spotted together in New York in April 2016, and again in Seoul in June 2016, sparking dating rumours, which both parties denied.
In 2017, they were spotted together in Tokyo in January, and Bali in June, fuelling dating rumours again. They both denied the speculation once again, but dropped a surprise announcement in July that they would be getting married in October the same year.
The former couple shocked the world once again when they announced on June 27 that they are in the midst of a divorce, less than two years after saying ‘I do’.
Why people can’t stop talking about their split: The couple was regarded as The couple of the century – not only are they good lookers, they are A-listers who complimented each other well. Rumours of infidelity on both of the actors’ parts have been running rampant, and their refusal to discuss the details of their divorce has only had people going wild with their guesses.
Fans of Descendants are taking the split especially hard, as the couple's chemistry in the show caused many to ship this couple even before they went public with their relationship.
29 Jun 2019
Hawick Lau, Yang Mi
Their love life in a nutshell: The Hong Kong actor and Chinese actress met while filming drama Wishful in 2011 and started dating in November the same year. They went public with their romance in January 2012 after the Hong Kong actor was spotted staying over at Yang Mi's house.
They registered their marriage in November 2013 and had a romantic beach wedding in Bali in January 2014. She gave birth to their only child, a daughter nicknamed 'Little Glutinous Rice' five months later.
Why people can’t stop talking about their split: Yang Mi, who is much more famous and has more work on her hands as compared to her former husband, has been branded a bad mother by netizens who claimed that her greed to further her career caused her marriage to break down. Although the Chinese actress has shot back at netizens multiple times because of these accusations, the label has stayed and some have blamed her for their divorce because she “wanted to be more successful than her husband”.
29 Jun 2019
Fan Bingbing, Li Chen
Their love life in a nutshell: After meeting on the set of Empress of China, dating rumours between this Chinese couple started circulating in January 2015, but only went public with their relationship four months later.
On June 27, the couple announced that they had gone back to being just friends, declaring that they would support and trust each other for the rest of their lives.
Why people can’t stop talking about their split: In a cynical world that doesn’t believe in platonic friendships between the opposite gender, netizens are in disbelief that Bingbing and Li Chen would really go back to being just friends after getting engaged.
Plenty of conspiracy theories are floating about online, with some attributing the split to her tax evasion scandal, which is said to have caused her net worth to plummet after she had to pay a S$95 million fine on top of the taxes owed.
29 Jun 2019
Kenneth Ma, Nancy Wu
Their love life in a nutshell: The Hong Kong actors are said to have started dating in 2008 after sparks flew between them when they were training for dance programme Strictly Come Dancing 2. Their love story didn’t last for long, however, as they split two years later, reportedly because of Nancy’s diva attitude.
The pair was spotted together a year after their breakup returning from New Zealand, which sparked rumours that they were giving their relationship another go. The pair maintained that they were just good friends at the time, and Kenneth later moved on to date actress Jacqueline Wong.
Why people can’t stop talking about their split: When they worked together on Deep in the Realm of Conscience last year, Nancy reportedly kept a respectful distance from Kenneth as he was happily in love with Jacqueline.
However, after her cheating scandal with Andy Hui made headlines in April this year, fans of the former couple are rooting for them to get back together again, especially when there is word on the street that the Hong Kong actors might be spending plenty of time together on an upcoming project.