Following in the footsteps of Chinese actress Gong Li, kung fu superstar Jet Li (李连杰) has also confirmed that he has now taken on Singaporean citizenship.
In his statement to the press, Jet Li said his decision was influenced in part by the absence of paparazzi in Singapore: “My children can have good bilingual education with social stability, and my children will not be harassed by journalists and reporters.” (Ouch, that’s such a backhanded compliment to the Singapore media, don’t you think?)
In response to the massive public interest in his latest move, he said:
“This is funny because I have been holding a US passport and staying in the United States for 20 years, nobody said anything about it. Now I come to Singapore, everybody seems to be curious to know why I’m coming here.”
The truth is: Jet Li’s settling down in Singapore has been an open secret for some time. Back in June 2009, he bought a S$20 million (RMB100 million) house in the city state’s swanky Bukit Timah district.
Singapore law does not allow dual citizenship, so assuming they stuck to the rules, Jet Li is no longer a US nor Chinese citizen. But who knows, right? He’s a superstar and he’s rich. They can always bend the rules for him.