Less than a year after registering for marriage, Chinese Olympic hurdler Liu Xiang is rumored to be splitting with wife Ge Tian (yes, the actress who recently pulled a bomb out of her crotch on a WWII TV drama).
The couple’s relationship became the talk of Chinese social media when the Olympic gold medalist announced his retirement in April without the presence of Ge. Rumors were further fueled by the fact that Liu failed to thank his wife in a retirement post he published on Weibo. Later, when Ge was asked about her husband leaving his profession, she gave a rather indifferent response, telling reporters: “I will give him my blessing, and I know he’ll be okay”.
One source has been quoted as saying that the two divorced because their personalities just ‘didn’t click’.
Another said that Ge had faked being pregnant in order to get married, and that Liu’s family was furious upon finding out. To save themselves from shame and humiliation, the two decided not to divorce, but to separate, the source said, adding that the Liu and Ge have been living separately.
Another unidentified insider cited in reports, however, said that the two are still happily married.
While we imagine there are probably plenty of single young women across China ready to pounce, we’ll just have to wait for Liu and Ge to confirm or dispel the rumors—until then, they’re still just that.
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By Sharon Choi