Is Zhang Yimou your dad? Are you sure? New reports suggest that the director may have as many children as regular men have sperms.
Accusations made online last year, that Zhang had two sons and a daughter with actress Chen Ting before they married in 2011, have been confirmed by friends of the couple according to the Shanghai Daily.
People in close contact with Zhang, 63, and Chen, 32, confirmed that the couple, who registered their marriage in the eastern city of Wuxi, had children born in 2000, 2004 and 2006, yesterday’s Chongqing Evening News reported.
Zhang also has a daughter from a previous marriage.
Sina also claims that a source said Zhang also has three children from two other women, bringing his total to seven.
An “acquaintance” told the [Shanghai Daily] that Chen “once told me that Zhang had two daughters with a woman and a son with another woman. She felt so proud because she won (the competition with the women).”
The director’s eldest child, Zhang Mo, is a mere three years younger than her stepmother. Mo, who lives in the US with her American husband, previously went on record blaming actress Gong Li for having an affair with Zhang Yimou which led to the end of his first marriage.
However many children Zhang does have, the number is definitely greater than one.
Under family planning rules, couples may have a second child under certain conditions, such as both spouses being from one-child families, or if the first child has a non-inherited disease. In some provinces, rural couples are allowed a second if their first is a girl.
Even if Zhang and Chen were eligible for one of these exceptions (and it doesn’t seem that they are), they still have one kid too many, and Zhang himself has six too many. The couple should be eligible for a fine of 160 million yuan, according to family planning regulations.
Netizens were understandably irked by yet another example of the rich and powerful flouting the loathed one child policy:
“Do money and power top the law? Can the rich just use money to solve everything and get what they want?” was one of many online comments.