Chinese actress Gong Li is divorced from her Singaporean tobacco tycoon Ooi Hoe Seong.
The news came as little surprise though; the couple was rarely seen in public since their marriage in 1996, and rumours of their breaking up have been flying around for years.
Gong Li gave up her Chinese citizenship to become a Singaporean in November 2008, a move seen by many as a last ditch attempt to save her marriage. Some netizens are now accusing her of getting the new citizenship simply for her own sake, as it’s believed that her marriage was already virtually ended back then.
There are also rumours that she is seeing American actor John Cusack, but that’s pretty groundless at the moment.
Chinese actress Gong Li is officially a Singaporean after taking an oath and collected her Singapore identity card last Saturday (Nov 8).
The 43-year-old actress was supposed to collect her identity card on August 23, but failed to show up because she was filming a movie overseas. Her no show irked some Singaporeans who felt that she was disrespecting her new country… but it’s all history now.
Gong Li is married to a Singaporean businessman since 1996, so the switch of citizenship is not entirely surprising. Both China and Singapore do not recognise dual nationality, which literally means that she would have to renounce her Chinese citizenship.
Chinese netizens are generally unhappy about the news… lots of them are criticising Gong Li’s decision, while some are sharing concerns that this would become a trend among popular artists and younger generations.
Some netizens are showing support Gong Li though, stating that it’s her freedom to choose her own path; a few also stated that they would also like to migrate out of China if given the chances.