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Barbie Hsu Says She Has Filed For Divorce, Her Husband Says He's "Unaware" Of It

Those closest to the couple, including both their mums, say it's not true that the couple is getting divorced.

Barbie Hsu Says She Has Filed For Divorce, Her Husband Says He's "Unaware" Of It

Those closest to the couple, including both their mums, say it's not true that the couple is getting divorced.

Barbie Hsu, 44, announced today (Jun 5) that she has filed for divorce from her husband of 10 years, Chinese businessman Wang Xiaofei, 39.

She revealed the shocking news to Apple Daily this morning, adding that divorce proceedings are underway. Oddly enough, those closest to the couple, including their mothers, her manager and Xiaofei himself, have denied the rumours.

When contacted by Chinese media, Xiaofei said he was “unaware” of the divorce.

In a phone interview with Apple Daily, Barbie's mum said: “Barbie talked about [the divorce] in a fit of anger. What divorce? I’ll persuade her. Both she and Xiaofei would be worried sick about their children. I’ll ask Xiaofei and Barbie to bear with each other.”

Then there's Barbie’s manager, who told Apple Daily: “The couple just had a fight. Which couple doesn’t? It’s no big deal.”

Xiaofei’s mother also seems unaware of the divorce. When she was bombarded with questions by netizens during a live stream, she said: “It’s been very difficult for [my son]. He has to fly to Taiwan to look after his wife and kids. He has to go through quarantine when he gets back to the mainland too. He really spoils his wife (…) Neither Barbie nor Xiaofei have notified me of such a thing, so please be prudent when you hear of rumours like these. They’re not getting a divorce.”

1 of 3 Barbie, Xiaofei and their kids

In contrast, other sources claiming to be close to Barbie have shared that this is not just an impulse decision. Apparently, the star has been contemplating divorce since last year.

According to these sources, Barbie has three reasons for wanting a split: 1) she feels her values and principles are too different from Xiaofei's, 2) they’ve drifted apart as they don’t live together most of the time, and 3) Xiaofei often posts disparaging comments about Taiwan on Weibo, and that has caused rifts in their relationship.

2 of 3 Xiaofei's Weibo posts

It's said that Xiaofei’s Weibo post, which he posted at 1.26am today, criticising how the Taiwanese government is handling the pandemic could have been the straw that broke the camel's back.

In his post, he wrote about about how his business in China is booming, but everything looks bleak in Taiwan . He also urged the staff of his Taiwan hotel that there are dozens of hotels in the mainland waiting for you to manage , adding that their salary will be doubled .

After reports of his divorce with Barbie went viral, Xiaofei updated his Weibo with this message: “I said some nasty things because I’m very worried about my family. It’s easy to get emotional during the pandemic. I hope my family can be healthy and safe.”

At press time, he has yet to remove his earlier post.

  • 3 of 3 Xiaofei & Barbie

    Barbie, who lives in Taiwan, has spent months separated from Xiaofei after he returned to China for work. He hasn’t been coping well with the long-distance relationship and he’s made multiple late-night emo posts on Weibo. Recently, he's been making the news for his bad behaviour, such as going on live broadcast with a female streamer while drunk.

    Barbie and Xiaofei dated for 49 days before getting married in March 2011. They have a daughter and son aged seven and five respectively.

    Photos: Barbie Hsu Weibo & Wang Xiaofei's Weibo

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