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Chinese actress Tong Liya (佟丽娅) and actor Chen Sicheng (陈思诚) recently announced their divorce. The decision shocked the entertainment world but delighted fans who said Tong’s decision was “long overdue”.
On Thursday morning,(20 May) her ex-husband, actor and director Chen Sicheng, posted photos of Tong and their five-year-old son Duoduo, saying: “From 2011 to 2020, the story ended. You will always be the ones I love the most, I will guard you with a different identity now.”
Tong then responded, saying: “I had a worthwhile time and am looking forward to the future. Thank you.”The announcement was surprising as 20th May is China’s unofficial Valentine’s Day. The date May 20 or ‘520’ sounds similar to the phrase “I love you” in Mandarin. However, fans cheered Tong on as the couple’s divorce has been long since anticipated.
The Chinese public cheered the long-anticipated divorce, as the couple had been plagued by reports Chen had been having affairs for a number of years.
“Congratulations on becoming single again, you are free to choose any fresh meat you want now,” the comment with the most “likes” on Tong’s Weibo said.
“I feel like breaking out the gongs and fireworks to celebrate,” another said.
Chen Sicheng and Tong Liya have been married for 7 years, and she has derailed no less than six times. Even when Tong Liya was pregnant, she was exposed as a young model of Chen Sicheng's KTV night party. As soon as the news came out, many netizens were looking forward to Tong Liya's divorce. However, until last year, Chen Sicheng gave Tong Liya her birthday wishes two years later, and Tong Liya responded quickly.
Earlier this morning, Chen Sicheng trending on Weibo under the hashtag “Chen Sicheng spotted at a hotel with beautiful ladies.” Many question why the actor, who was the husband of Tong Liya, was spotted out without his wife or his family.
Shortly afterwards, the actress stepped out to address the rumours.
How did Chen Sicheng and Tong Liya Meet?
The pair first met through the film, “Beijing Love Story” directed by Chen Sicheng. The actress acted alongside Chen Sicheng as one of the show’s main on screen couples. The movie became critically acclaimed in China and effectively shot the actress to fame.
When the two were not together, their friend Yang Mi warned Tong Liya that Chen Sicheng was not reliable, and even Tong Liya thought Chen Sicheng was insecure. But in that case, why did Tong Liya and Chen Sicheng come together?
In fact, before she met Chen Sicheng, Tong Liya wanted to find an ordinary person to lead a simple and happy life. But why did Tong Liya change her mind after meeting Chen Sicheng? And everything behind this is inseparable from "interests."
Actually, Chen Sicheng was already one of Huayi's largest shareholders before he met Tong Liya. Moreover, "Beijing Love Story" was directed and acted by Chen Sicheng, and he was already a veritable director at that time. On the other hand, Tong Liya, who is 27 years old, has not been able to get a hand-made work when she sees girls who have been young for a few years.
Shortly after, the pair announced their relationship on the stage of the variety show, “Happy Camp” on March 17, 2012.The pair announced their love for each other on Happy Camp, touching show hosts He Jiong and Xie Na to the brink of tears
In the special episode documenting their confession for each other.
Tong Liya wrote, “Outsiders only know about your cool look, but they don’t see your care and love for me… The Sicheng in my eyes always spoils me in every possible way, hugs me, and sings nice songs to me.”
In response, Chen Sicheng also gave a reply: “Yaya, what I can do for you is to love you well when we are together and never let you be wronged.”
The sweet interaction between the two made everyone then believe that that this would become the beginning of a fairy tale love story. Tong Liya herself also said in a past interview about her relationship, “This is the destiny God gave me. It gave me this role [in the film Beijing Love Story]. Now it has now given me such love and even a family. “
Their wedding was held in Tahiti on January 16, 2014. On October 21, 2015, Chen Sicheng officially announced the good news that his wife was pregnant, and their son Xiao Duoduo was later born on January 30, 2016
However, their marriage has not always been smooth. Chen Sicheng has been previously accused of cheating on multiple occasions, including right after their marriage. However, the actress has always stood up for her husband.
Yet, in public interviews, Chen Sicheng has always showed an esoteric understanding of marriage.
chen sicheng relationship
Chen Sicheng gave his views on his ideal marriage structure.
When asked by an interviewer what was his most ideal type of marriage – monogamy or polygamy, Chen Sicheng questioned the basis of monogamy, seemingly implying that polygamy was his preference.
When Tong Liya was questioned whether she could forgive a husband’s betrayal in a marriage, she replied simply, “as long as he goes home, it’s fine.”
The actress responded to a question on a cheating spouse
In an interview where both parties were asked how they resolved their quarrels as couple, Chen Sicheng answered, “As long as there is any contradiction, I actually only need one thing, that is to quietly waiting for her to solve the issue herself.”
Tong Liya acknowledged she would be the first to apologize
Tong Liya replied, “If we are angry at each other and quarrel, it will not last more than 5 minutes, I will apologize first.”
Though early as 2017, there were already rumours that Tong Liya did not wear her wedding ring and therefore seemed to express intent to divorce her husband. But Chen Sicheng stepped to rubbish the rumours, and affirmed that they were still together.
Netizens Are Mostly Supportive of the Divorce
Most of Tong Liya’s fans appeared to be happy for the actress upon hearing the news. Comments included, “Congrats on recovering your bachelorette status! There’s many fresh faces for you to check out.” Others also seemed supportive and express that they could not believe it’s finally happening.
In short their divorce story
The trending hashtags “Congratulations Tong Liya” and “Tong Liya and Chen Sicheng divorce” appeared to have been removed on Thursday at the time of writing, however, it was unclear if this was a technical error or censorship. The hashtag about the divorce was read more than 330 million times in the two hours after the stars made their announcement, before it disappeared.
Tong, 37, is of Xibe ethnicity and originally from the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. She first rose to fame in the Chinese 2009 drama The Queens, and scored roles in hit series like Palace and Horizon True Heart in 2011, cementing her place in mainstream Chinese TV.
She has become immensely popular among Chinese viewers, with more than 49 million fans on Weibo.
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In 2010, she met Chen while shooting Beijing Love Story, which debuted in 2012. They married in 2014 and had their son in 2016.
Throughout their marriage, Chen was repeatedly accused of having affairs, and faced criticism that he was not a good enough match for Tong.
In 2014, Chen was photographed meeting a woman late at night and holding hands with her. Tong immediately supported her husband and said on Weibo that she knew they were meeting.
Actress Tong Liya and husband Chen Sicheng together in happier times in 2018.
In 2017, Chen was reported again to have spent the night with two women. Instead of speaking publicly on the matter, Tong shared a photo of her with their son on WeChat, and said she would give herself the courage to start over.
The overwhelming online support for Tong also showed that divorce is no longer a taboo topic in China, especially among younger people. There is now a consensus that getting out of a bad marriage is better than staying for the children or fear for one’s reputation.
Under Tong’s Weibo, many said the divorce was long overdue and that she should use the opportunity to focus on her own well-being and career development.
Previously, the Chinese public protested against a new divorce cooling-off period, which became effective on January 1 and dictates that couples ready for a divorce-by-agreement must wait 30 days to rethink their decision, calling for “divorce freedom”.
My thoughts about this divorce
I know Tong liya since 2020. Discovered her in December month saw her most famous drama Loving never forgetting. Since then I love her. Ever since I knew that she is married to Chen Sicheng I didn’t like her husband. Definitely he doesn’t deserve her. But didn’t express my feelings cause after all it’s her private life. While doing some research I found that Chen Sicheng was cheating on her before marriage and even after marriage. In 2017 his cheating news was released for the first time and netizens thought Yaya will divorce him but she keep quiet and give him a chance but he didn’t stop. So she finally divorced him.
I’m really happy that she divorced that cheater. But if she had listened to the warning of Yang Mi or divorced him 2017 her career could have been on a different level just like Yang Mi who give priority to her career first.
But she thought about her family and son which is definitely praiseworthy.
Hope she gets the happiness she desires in her life. Wish you good luck for your new independent life.