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The year in review: Pop Stop

Compiled by Catherine Shu  /  Staff Reporter

When it comes to lavish nuptials, few celebrities beat Barbie Hsu, better known as Big S.

Photo: Taipei Times

This year was notable for its slew of showbiz weddings, one particularly nasty celebrity divorce and Edison Chen’s (陳冠希) continued lack of luck with keeping his private photos under wraps. Read on for more of this year’s juiciest gossip.

Celebs who tied the knot include TV personality Patty Hou (侯佩岑), singer Stephanie Sun (孫燕姿) and S.H.E member Selina Jen (任家萱), who wed 39-year-old lawyer Richard Chang (張承中) after enduring a year of medical treatments for burns she sustained while filming in China last year. The marriage of Barbie Hsu (徐熙媛, aka Big S) and multimillionaire Wang Xiaofei (汪小菲) was just one in a string of high-profile nuptials that took place last year, but the ceremony on China’s Hainan Island was noteworthy for its lavishness. The Apple Daily reported that the event cost NT$30 million. Hsu’s wedding dress and three reception gowns were worth more than NT$2 million, while a flight the couple chartered for guests set them back NT$4 million. Companies eager for publicity gifted other expenses, including hotel rooms and catering. Even the ring Wang placed on his bride’s hand was reportedly a freebie from sponsors.

While some of their entertainment industry peers were celebrating, the union of Cecilia Cheung (張柏芝) and Nicholas Tse (謝霆鋒) crashed in spectacular fashion after Cheung was photographed with her ex-lover Edison Chen while on an airplane.

The duo infamously appeared in sexually explicit poses in photos taken by Chen and leaked on the Web in 2008, resulting in a career-busting scandal. Tse was reportedly enraged that Cheung was on friendly terms with Chen again. Rumors of marital strife between Tse and Cheung proved to be true with the announcement of their split in September after several months of bitter wrangling that reportedly centered on the couple’s real estate holdings and custody arrangements for their two sons.

Chen has been slowly trying to rebuild his career over the past three years with a scattering of appearances and promotional deals, but incriminating photos of him just keep popping up.

In addition to the “airplane incident” (機上事件) with Cheung, which took place in May, the 31-year-old Chen was also seen snuggling with 16-year-old model Cammi (real name Hsieh Chih-hui, 謝芷蕙) in a series of intimate, but not sexually explicit, snaps. The photos were allegedly leaked after Cammi lost her cell phone. She vehemently denied media reports that a raunchier two-minute video existed, and insisted that she is still a virgin.

Jay Chou (周杰倫) also did his fair share of challenging the media. He has steadfastly denied rumors that he is in a relationship with teenage model Hannah Quinlivan (昆凌), but the two were spotted together on several occasions. Quinlivan was seen cruising around Taipei in one of Chou’s sports cars, which reporters took as a sign that the 18-year-old’s status as “J-wife” (J嫂) is official.

Chou, 32, told the media, however, that speculating about his marital status is pointless, because he has no plans to tie the knot until he is at least 35-years-old.

Meanwhile, the relationship between Chou’s most famous ex, pop diva Jolin Tsai (蔡依林), and male model Vivian Dawson (錦榮) appears to still be going strong, though rumors about the latter’s wandering eye appear from time to time.

Lin Chi-ling (林志玲) turned 37 this year, adding a new intensity to speculation about when the supermodel will finally get hitched. One possible contender for her hand is an ex, actor Jerry Yan (言承旭). Another is Scott Chiu (邱士楷), the son of a wealthy toilet manufacturer, but Lin has repeatedly insisted that their relationship is over. The media continue to bring up Chiu’s name, however, probably because it is fun to refer to him as the “toilet prince” (馬桶王子), as reporters occasionally do.

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