In a shocking announcement, Taiwanese supermodel Lin Chi-ling revealed that she has tied the knot – with Japanese boyband Exile’s member Akira.
Lin, 44, posted a photo of herself with Akira, 37, on Chinese microblogging site Weibo on Thursday night (June 6), with a long note.
In it, she says: “I have always believed that if I believe in love, love will one day reward me. After many falls, twists and turns, we met at a different time – a right time, which showed us the face of love.”
She ended the note by saying: “I’m married! I hope that everyone of you who believes in love will find a happiness that belongs to you.”
Her post jumped to the top of Weibo’s realtime trending charts and garnered over 700,000 likes and over 100,000 retweets in less than 40 minutes.
Akira, whose real name is Ryohei Kurosawa, has been part of Exile as a performer and dancer since 2006 and is considered part of its second generation. Exile is a popular boyband in Japan that has 19 members and operates under a system where new members can join while old members depart.
Akira also posted on Weibo and explained that he and Lin met eight years ago during the Japanese stage play production of Red Cliff. Lin, whose modelling work led her to acting opportunities, played Xiaoqiao in John Woo’s historical film Red Cliff (2008) and reprised her role for the stageplay, starring opposite Akira, who played her husband – the strategist Zhou Yu.
He added that Lin and him stayed friends after the play but started dating at the end of last year.
He says: “I see her spread so much love and bravery every day. Her warmth and her strong sense of responsibility attracted me.”
He also shared Lin’s post and added: “I will make you happy for the rest of your life.”