I think every single person in the Chinese-speaking world placed a bet against these two making it all the way to the altar when news first broke four years ago that they were dating. Of course it was never confirmed, but goodness the tabloids are fantastic at being relentlessly persistent to grab any confirmation detail as possible. The two in question are none other than King of Mandopop Jay Chou and his quarter-Chinese/quarter-Korean/half-Australian model-actress girlfriend Hannah Quinlivan. They started dating when Hannah was just 17 years old and Jay was all of 31 with a hefty fourteen year ago difference between them. Eyebrows were raised, of course, and no one expected it to last considering the laundry list of Jay Chou’s famous and non-famous ex-girlfriends probably stretch across the Taiwan Strait. Jay is an undisputed musical prodigy and songwriting wunderkind and luckily for him his list of musical hits stretch way longer than his conquests so at least the personal life doesn’t overshadow his profession achievements and accolades. I love Jay Chou’s music but his personality isn’t all that winning.
Jay had announced a few years back that he would definitely get married by 35 years old and that age came around this year so last week at a press event he was asked about marriage plans again. The media always ask him but this time he answered with a bombshell – Jay candidly told the media to take it to the bank that he was going to do good on that vow and was planning to marry Hannah before January 18th of next year, which is his birthday before he turns 36. That’s probably going down as the least romantic marriage proposal in history if he hasn’t already asked Hannah and put a ring on it. This news prompted his long-rumored ex-girlfriend the Queen of Mandopop Jolin Tsai to tearfully confess on a recent talk show about how Jay broke her heart (and the reason for their breakup) was that he really did cheat on her with anchor-actress Patty Hou. Worse yet was Jolin finding out by reading the tabloids! Yeesh, so much drama! She followed up by explaining she and Jay are friends now and get along spendidly without the volatile conflict that came with top stars dating. Congrats to Jay and Hannah but I’ll believe it when I see them actually walking down the aisle. This post nevertheless gives me the the perfect excuse to post some of my favorite Jay songs woo hoo!
Jay is super talented whereas Hannah, LOL, not so much. She is ridiculously easy on the eyes and has such a beaming smile. Whatever makes them happy, good for them for proving the naysayers wrong and keeping at it.
Jay Chou “Blue White Porcelain”:
Jay Chou and Fei Yu Qing “Faraway”:
Jay Chou “Chrysanthemum Terrace”:
Jay Chou “Red Dust Inn”: