Asian celebrity breakups that made headlines

These couples ended their romances before they could blossom into marriage

Asian celebrity breakups that made headlines
Asian celebrity breakups that made headlines
21 Feb 2017

Asian celebrity breakups that made headlines

Going through a separation is difficult enough on its own (just look at poor Luke and Joe in ongoing Toggle Originals series The Breakup List), but the following stars have had to do it with practically the whole world watching.

Whether they were together for three months or almost ten years, news of these former lovers throwing in the towel on their relationships (before they could put a ring on it) dominated headlines in entertainment news. Read on for the drama:

FT Island’s Lee Hong Gi & Han Bo Reum
FT Island’s Lee Hong Gi & Han Bo Reum
21 Feb 2017

FT Island’s Lee Hong Gi & Han Bo Reum

Dated for: About 3 months

Followers who tuned in to the singer’s live Instagram broadcast last week were taken aback when the 26-year-old suddenly made a candid – and drunken – announcement, “Finally, I can say to you guys, um, I don’t have a girlfriend…I’m so f***ing sad.” His agency FNC Entertainment later confirmed the split – and netizens left a slew of scathing comments condemning Hong Gi’s unclassy behaviour.

Hong Gi and Bo Reum, 29, first became the subject of dating rumours back in August last year, but it wasn’t until November when they became a couple. They met as co-stars on the set of 2014 drama Modern Farmer and were said to have bonded over their shared interest in bowling, but we guess they couldn’t keep their love from spinning out of control…and into the gutter.

Jolin Tsai 💔 Vivian Dawson
Jolin Tsai 💔 Vivian Dawson
21 Feb 2017

Jolin Tsai 💔 Vivian Dawson

Dated for: About 6 years

“Trouble in paradise” rumours are not uncommon among famous lovers, including the Mandopop princess and her Eurasian model ex-beau, but many were still taken by surprise when the couple announced their split late last year.

Fans and the press immediately began speculating about the cause of the separation, with theories ranging from them having conflicting opinions on marriage and finances, to Vivian’s womanising ways. However, Jolin’s manager insisted that the two are still on good terms (but that’s what they all say).

Jolin doesn’t appear to be taking the breakup too badly, judging from her social media updates and behaviour with the paparazzi. A couple of weeks ago, the 36-year-old shared several pictures of herself enjoying a picnic with her friends and pet dog, as well as having fun posing at a sculpture museum. Vivian who?

Joanne Peh 💔 Bobby Tonelli
Joanne Peh 💔 Bobby Tonelli
21 Feb 2017

Joanne Peh 💔 Bobby Tonelli

Dated for: About 4 years

With Baby Qi #1 and soon-to-come Baby Qi #2 usually taking up most of the attention surrounding Joanne these days, it’s almost easy to forget that once upon a time, the hot mama was in a high-profile romance with the locally-based American DJ.

The ex-couple, who met on the set of 2008’s The Little Nyonya, did not shy away from flaunting their relationship, appearing on television shows and commercials together. Bobby even revealed that he was planning to propose, but in 2013, Joanne dropped a bomb to 8 DAYS magazine admitting that they’ve “not been together for…a while,” citing communication issues and conflicting ideas about life.

It didn’t take long for them to move on – a month after Joanne’s breakup announcement, the 33-year-old actress went public with frequent co-star and now-husband Qi Yuwu, while Bobby, 41, found love with a Singapore-based Indonesian woman.

Elva Hsiao 💔 Kai Ko
Elva Hsiao 💔 Kai Ko
21 Feb 2017

Elva Hsiao 💔 Kai Ko

Dated for: About 2 years

The couple’s whirlwind romance was a hot topic in entertainment thanks to their staggering 12-year age gap, and their breakup in March 2014 was just as buzzed about. Kai later divulged that there were too many differences between them, such as his childishness and short temper, for the relationship to work.

The split did Kai’s image no favours, as he was quickly rumoured to be a playboy who cheated on Elva with a bevy of younger beauties. Private Facebook messages, where he angrily attacked an anonymous person widely speculated to be his ex, were also leaked, further tarnishing his reputation.

Despite the seemingly acrimonious atmosphere between them, Elva won praise when she voiced her support for Kai after his infamous drug scandal, urging him not to give up. The 37-year-old diva also sent encouraging texts to her 25-year-old ex-boyfriend. Well, forgive and forget, right?

G.E.M. Tang 💔 Yoga Lin
G.E.M. Tang 💔 Yoga Lin
21 Feb 2017

G.E.M. Tang 💔 Yoga Lin

Dated for: About 3 years

Rumours that the musicians had parted ways started swirling after they posted cryptic yet tellingly emotional statements online, and were further fuelled after G.E.M.’s powerful rendition of Jay Chou’s ‘Tornado’ (which contains lyrics like “Unconsciously, you have already left me”) on I Am A Singer.

Yoga finally confirmed the split (albeit in an indirect way) a couple of weeks later in March 2014, but that did not put a stop to the extensive coverage – or the tabloid-headlining drama. The exes clearly did not end things on a good note, even going so far as to dis each other online and in interviews. Yikes!

Thankfully, the both of them seem to have finally put the past behind them, with G.E.M. even openly giving her blessings to her 29-year-old former beau’s marriage to Kiki Ting. The 25-year-old starlet, on the other hand, has yet to go public with any new romances, saying that she will only do so when she is tying the knot.

Bosco Wong 💔 Myolie Wu
Bosco Wong 💔 Myolie Wu
21 Feb 2017

Bosco Wong 💔 Myolie Wu

Dated for: About 8 years

Many folks, including their famous friends, were shocked when the seemingly stable ex-lovers called it quits in 2012 – after all, they had been together for such a long time and were one of TVB’s beloved golden couples.

Unsurprisingly, the both of them were left heartbroken after the split. Bosco candidly shared that he was depressed for months, while Myolie tearfully struggled to keep herself together when she confirmed the breakup to reporters at a promotional event. For a while since then, they were seen deliberately avoiding each other at public events, but things eventually warmed up enough for Myolie to invite Bosco to her 2015 wedding (although he was nowhere to be seen on the big day).

While the 37-year-old actress is enjoying her blissful marriage (and dodging all those inevitable baby rumours), 36-year-old Bosco is still single and available following two more breakups with models Jun and Vanessa Yeung.

Ethan Ruan 💔 Tiffany Hsu
Ethan Ruan 💔 Tiffany Hsu
21 Feb 2017

Ethan Ruan 💔 Tiffany Hsu

Dated for: About 8 years

They were an item for almost a decade and even shared plans to tie the knot, but in early 2015, Tiffany packed up and moved out of their shared home for a “cooling-off” period, which ended up being a full-on separation.

Taiwanese media speculate that the 32-year-old actress had finally had enough of Ethan’s philandering ways, with his last offence reportedly involving a married celebrity with children. Reconciliation rumours continued to dog the twosome, who met at a photo shoot, for a few months post-breakup, but it was soon clear that they were living separate lives.

While her personal life took a hit, Tiffany is thriving in her career, with meatier roles and awards on her plate. Her 34-year-old ex, on the other hand, is slowly becoming more known for his foul temper. Perhaps she dodged a bullet over there?

Ji Hyun Woo 💔 Yoo In Na
Ji Hyun Woo 💔 Yoo In Na
21 Feb 2017

Ji Hyun Woo 💔 Yoo In Na

Dated for: About 2 years

The way the Queen In Hyun’s Man co-stars kicked off their relationship sounds exactly like an excerpt from a cheesy K-drama, except this happened in real life: during a fan meeting to celebrate the end of their show in June 2012, Hyun Woo mustered up the courage to make a bold declaration on stage: “I love Yoo In Na.” A week later, In Na publicly reciprocated his feelings on her radio show.

Sadly, timing was not on their side. About two months after they got together, Hyun Woo enlisted for his mandatory military service (which some might consider a death sentence for a relationship). Sure enough, In Na was nowhere to be seen during his discharge ceremony, and in May 2014, it was confirmed that Hyun Woo was no longer In Na’s man.

Girls' Generation
Girls' Generation
21 Feb 2017

Girls' Generation

Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany 💔 2PM’s Nichkhun (Dated for: About 1 year)

Girls’ Generation’s Yoona 💔 Lee Seung Gi (Dated for: About 2 years)

Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon 💔 EXO’s Baekhyun (Dated for: About 1 year)

2015 will be known as the year that love died for several of the K-pop kingdom’s top princesses and their fellow idol princes.

Smiley-eyed Tiffany and hunky Nichkhun were first on the breakup roster in May, devastating fans who were fond of their similar backgrounds (they were both born in America) and compatible good looks. Just as upsetting was the news that Yoona and Seung Gi, who previously declared each other to be their ideal types, ended their well-received romance in August as well.

Garnering more jovial reactions, however, was the end of Girls’ Generation leader Taeyeon’s controversial liaison with her younger beau in September. Both parties suffered immense backlash from netizens when their relationship was publicised, particularly from EXO devotees who felt betrayed, lied to, or just plain envious.

And just when we thought it would all be over, distance took a toll on Yuri’s six-month relationship with baseball player Oh Seung Hwan, and they parted ways in October the same year. At the moment, Sooyoung remains the only known member who has “Got A Boy,” actor Jung Kyung Ho.

Jayley Woo 💔 Edwin Goh
Jayley Woo 💔 Edwin Goh
21 Feb 2017

Jayley Woo 💔 Edwin Goh

Dated for: About 3 months

The two young stars’ much buzzed-about but brief liaison came to a tragic close in 2012, after Jayley discovered a text message Edwin sent to actress Dawn Yeoh telling the older actress that he “enjoyed the kiss” they were caught sharing at a nightclub.

Fortunately, they were able to maintain their professionalism on the set of Channel U drama Jump!, in which they were paired up and had a much happier ending. The then-newcomers were even able to sit through a joint interview with us not along after the breakup, during which they claimed that there was no awkwardness between them.

It’s been five long years since then and they’ve put all this far behind them. Edwin, 22, is currently serving his national service and still going strong with his girlfriend of several years, stage performer Valerie Choo, while 25-year-old Jayley, who snagged her first Star Awards Top 10 trophy last year, is making her way up the career ladder.

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