Wedding pictures from a pair of baby-faced Guangxi teens have recently gone viral online with rumors running wild, saying that the groom is just 13 years old and that the bride is pregnant.
However, the newlyweds have talked to local media to set the record straight. It’s been revealed that they are from Mashan county near Nanning. The bride says that she is most certainly not pregnant and her husband, who she has known for a grand total of ONE YEAR, is the exact same age as her.
“The story that my spouse is 13 years old is complete nonsense,” she told reporters. “We were both born in 1999 and are 16 years old, he just has a baby face.”
She added that her husband dropped out after middle school and has been working part-time jobs in Nanning for the last two years. The bride also told reporters that their parents are behind their decision.
“Our parents support us, without them we could never have managed to hold a wedding feast with dozens of tables,” she said.
The viral pictures come from that wedding feast, showing the childlike couple dressed up in wedding dress and suit.
“We’ve known each other for more than a year, we would get married sooner or later, so we just decided to go ahead and hold a wedding banquet,” the bride explained. The couple has decided that once they reach the legal marriage age they’ll go and get a formal certificate.
However, that will be quite some time yet as the marriageable age in China is 22 for men and 20 for women.
The groom says that since the ceremony they have become local celebrities in town, while he himself has been mocked for his youthful appearance online where many have expressed their utter shock at the young age and youthful appearance of the newlyweds:
“So is the groom 13 or 16?” questioned one netizen.
“Their grandson will probably be older than my son,” commented another netizen.
“This is illegal! Local government, what the heck are you doing?” wondered one Weibo user.
“Sister, I’m already 20 and have never even been in love,” lamented another.
“My age is their’s added together, and I’m not even married yet,” realized one web user.
“I’m 24 years old and I don’t even have a boyfriend, excuse me while I go cry in the bathroom,” wrote another netizen.
“Hey, groom! Your mom is calling you back home to do your homework,” joked another.
“At 16 years old, I was still playing house,” commented one Weibo user.
Still, not everyone on the Internet commented to poke fun at the young couple:
“Don’t listen to what other say, you are both happy and that is all that matters,” wrote one friend.
[Images via Sina / CCTV]