Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Vicki Zhao's mystery man revealed

HONG KONG: Chinese actress Vicki Zhao who was reportedly engaged in August, has not just snagged herself a new hubby, but also a son.

However, contrary to reports that she was set to marry a Singaporean businessman, the "Red Cliff" actress' new man is actually Chinese property magnate Huang You Long who has an eight-year-old son.

30-year-old Huang who is known for his Casanova ways, was engaged to former Hong Kong beauty queen Tracy Ip when he was introduced to Zhao - ironically - by his then fiancé.

According to Hong Kong's Next magazine, the Miss Hong Kong 2005 winner was engaged to marry Huang just months after meeting him but postponed the nuptials to focus on her hosting preparations for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

In her absence, Zhao and Huang clicked immediately and the 33-year-old actress was impressed with his generosity and a willingness to start a family.

Last September, Zhao was photographed having dinner with Huang after a publicity event for her movie "Painted Skin". The pair left the restaurant a couple of hours later but Zhao was apparently drunk by then and was seen holding on to Huang for support.

Chinese websites reported that the pair then headed for a late night karaoke session and stayed there till the next morning.

Of late, Huang has been spending a considerable amount of time in France and Zhao reportedly flew over to accompany him after attending the Cannes Film Festival this May.

Eventually, the calling of love proved too strong for Zhao as she became the third party between Ip and Huang’s relationship. The couple reportedly travelled to Singapore in August this year to register their marriage.

Meanwhile, apart from losing her fiancé, Ip is facing the possibility of losing her money.

After their breakup, Huang told Ip to return all the profits she earned - more than 10 million yuan (S$2 million) - from her investments using capital from him.

Ip who was heartbroken after the split, has suffered drastic weight loss and had to seek refuge in Britain for a month to fully recuperate before heading back to Hong Kong.

When the Hong Kong media informed her about Zhao and Huang's marriage, she appeared surprised and told the press to "convey her congratulations to them".

When asked if she is angry with Zhao, Ip replied, "I'm very happy right now."

- CNA/fa


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