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Actress Fan Bingbing and fiancé Li Chen are breaking up

HONG KONG — Fan Bingbing, China’s highest-paid actress, announced on Thursday (June 27) that she had broken up with her Chinese actor fiancé, just hours after two South Korean stars said they were divorcing.

Actress Fan Bingbing and fiancé Li Chen are breaking up

Another celebrity couple call it quits. China's leading actress Fan Bingbing announced her break-up with fiance Li Chen on Weibo, on Thursday (June 27).

HONG KONG — Fan Bingbing, China’s highest-paid actress, announced on Thursday (June 27) that she had broken up with her Chinese actor fiancé, just hours after two South Korean stars said they were divorcing.

Fan issued a statement about the break-up with 40-year-old Li Chen on her official page on Weibo, China’s popular Twitter-like platform.

“In one’s lifetime, there are always a lot of parting and goodbyes,” she said. “Thank you for everything you have given [me] – the support and love – along the way. We will not be an ‘us’ any more, but we are still us.”

“Fan Bingbing and Li Chen broke up” soon became one of the most searched terms on Weibo’s “hot search” section.

Earlier in the day, South Korean actors Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki, stars of the popular Korean drama Descendants of the Sun, said they were ending their marriage of less than two years.

“What is happening today? Why are all break-ups and divorces happening? I am still recovering from the Song-Song separation this morning,” one internet user commented on Fan’s statement. 

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Fan, 37, who starred in X-Men: Days of Future Past, is one of the most recognisable faces in Chinese entertainment and was China’s highest-paid celebrity in 2017, with an income of US$43 million, according to Forbes magazine.

But she disappeared from the public eye last summer after blogger Cui Yongyuan accused her of tax evasion. 

The accusation drew public attention and prompted an official investigation, with tax authorities ordering her in October to pay US$129 million in overdue taxes and fines.

During the investigation, Fan stopped posts on social media and suspended all her work in the industry.

Amid the ordeal, Li wrote on his Weibo that “no matter how difficult it may be, we will get through this together”.

Fan later released a public apology, asking for forgiveness and staying out of the limelight for almost a year.

In April, she returned to the spotlight, appearing at a Beijing party for Chinese online video platform iQiyi.

Li and Fan became engaged in September 2017, and reportedly originally planned to get married in February this year. SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST 

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