Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan and Taiwanese-Canadian actor Mark Chao have officially acknowledged that their first baby is on the way.
The pair tied the knot in 2014, and in the five years since, several fake reports had emerged about the 39-year-old actress conceiving.
Yuanyuan reportedly became the go-to celebrity to front advertising campaigns after top actress Fan Bingbing was mired in a tax-evasion scandal last year.
Mark, 34, posted on his Weibo account: “Whenever people asked us (about having a baby), we would always answer that we’re ‘letting nature take its course’.
“Now, we can say: ‘Yes, thank you for the blessings that you’ve showered on us all this time.'”
Apple Daily Taiwan quoted a source as saying that Yuanyuan is more than three months pregnant. The actress has reportedly cut down on her work projects to focus on the pregnancy. The report added that her newfound status hasn’t stopped her from flying across the Strait regularly.
Gao also shared the post on her social media accounts.
Even before the Taiwanese-Canadian actor delivered the happy news, fans speculated that Yuanyuan was in the family way, after they noted her absences from two recent weddings and a rounder face.
She was also seen in a promotional video looking like she had gained weight.
When contacted, Mark’s management expressed happiness for the couple but said that there are no further details to share.
“Mark and Yuanyuan are hoping for some privacy for themselves as well as their child. They also feel embarrassed to be the focus of so much attention.”
A version of this article appeared in Asiaone and The Straits Times.
(Photos: Weibo and Zaobao)
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