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Taiwanese supermodel Lin Chi-ling marries Japanese artist Akira
第一名模林志玲 甜蜜閃婚日本藝人

Taiwanese supermodel Lin Chi-ling, left, and Japanese artist Akira perform at the debut of a stage show in Tokyo, Japan on Aug. 8, 2011.

Photo courtesy of Catwalk Production House

Taiwanese supermodel, actress and philanthropist Lin Chi-ling surprised the entertainment world by announcing on Thursday last week that she just tied the knot with Akira, a member of Japanese boyband EXILE, on that day. After Lin posted the announcement on her Weibo page, the Web site instantly crashed as millions of fans from the whole world visited her page to congratulate her.

The news of the transnational marriage came as a surprise as Lin, 44, and Akira, 37, were not reported to be dating previously. The groom revealed on his Facebook page that he met the bride when they performed together in a stage show eight years ago, and they had always remained friends — until the couple started a relationship late last year.

Lin is one of the most prominent female artists in the Chinese world. She was the only celebrity among Asia’s top 40 philanthropists on Forbes’ “Asia’s 2018 Heroes of Philanthropy” list, and has raised at least US$3.2 million (approx. NT$100.5 million) for charity.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)






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