This news will make some ArJoe fans rejoice. Much as I think Ariel Lin is never going to end up in real life with another actor (she’s never dated any of her co-stars or anyone in the entertainment industry since she debuted), she has such explosive and brilliant chemistry with ALL her male co-stars there are legions of Ariel fans who ship her with a former co-star. I don’t blame them, she makes it hard to believe it’s just acting when you see her onscreen all in love. Ariel has been dating an older non-entertainment industry boyfriend for the last two years, and TW-news exploded this week with the confirmation of the long simmering rumors that Ariel and her boyfriend have ended their relationship.
Ariel personally posted a very lengthy and heartfelt statement on her weibo, which I have translated below. It’s tough to have a personal relationship end in such a public way, so my wishes to Ariel in this difficult time. Rumors claim the relationship ended because he shaved 7 years off his real age of 43 when he started dating Ariel, and she only recently discovered this deception, with the loss in trust marking the end of an already rocky relationship.
Ariel wrote on her weibo:
We both tried hard, and gave it a chance, but in the end we can only wish each other the best, respectfully saying goodbye to each other. So painful, so very painful, but in the end it was time to let go. Because of this, I ask the media to please give him and his family the private space they need. I only wish the wonderful him can find the right girl for him, giving him what I lack, and a complete happiness.
Please stop hurting the person I cherised, did none of you ever love so deeply before? Have no understanding of the gutwrenching pain of such a loss? Please do not continue spreading unsubstantiated rumors, continuing to tear holes into an already gaping wound. This [good deed] will add to the goodwill for those you love. Yes, we have ended our relationship. It wasn’t because of age, or a lack of trust. It was just because this world is so complicated, and my job is so challenging to a person’s soul.
Earlier this year, Ariel wrote that she was potentially retiring from television, ostensibly to get some rest, but more likely to focus on her relationship and/or get married. Not sure if her plans remain the same now that she’s single again. Ariel acting is a gift for me and all her fans, but I personally support her decision to retire from the small screen if that makes her happy, or to continue acting and share her talents with the world through the screen.