Barbie Hsu and Wang Xiao Fei celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary last week, although not everything is all roses for the high profile couple. The Wang family fortune was placed in jeopardy shortly after a Hongkong High Court ordered the freezing of all the properties of Zhang Lan, including Grand Lan Holdings Group and South Beauty Development, following a petition filed by CVC Capital Partners, a London-based private equity group and also the major stockholders of South Beauty chain of restaurants. The content of the lawsuit wasn’t disclosed, although it is highly believed that money is the main issue. (What else?)
Meanwhile, Wang Sicong, the son of China’s richest man Wang Jianlin, found an opportunity to mock his business rival when he wrote on his microblog that Barbie fainted and cried in the toilet after hearing the sad fate of the fortune of her husband and mother-in-law. Many netizens scolded Sicong for his insensitivity, with some saying that he’s just jealous of Xiao Fei’s good fortune and happiness. Sicong shot back by saying that their happiness is fake and that Barbie is actually a victim of an abusive relationship in the hands of her own husband. It can be recalled that it was also Sicong who said years ago that Xiao Fei had slapped Barbie across the face during an argument on a beach just hours before their wedding.
Not one to back down and close his trap, Xiao Fei posted a happy portrait of his family on his microblog in retaliation and expressed his joy and contentment over his family life.
Barbie, who recently appeared at a Marie Claire event, also responded to the crisis that her husband’s family is facing. She said that she’s not in a position to respond to the current issue of her mother-in-law although they will support her no matter what as family should always stick together. As for Sicong’s weibo posts, she said that she can’t control what he wants to write about. She added that she’s very happy as she has her daughter with her, and her husband has now turned into a gentle and caring man. It can be recalled that Xiao Fei used to be cold and a little indifferent towards her in public during the time when she was having a hard time getting pregnant.
This isn’t the first time that discord between the attention-seeking couple have been reported. It is a known fact that Xiao Fei has a very bad temper. Back in 2011, it was reported that he had shouted and cursed at his wife in front of many people when he found out that the restaurant where they were currently celebrating his birthday in was the same restaurant that Barbie had also taken her ex-boyfriends Vic Chou and Blue Lan before. He immediately left afterwards, leaving his tear-stricken wife behind. Barbie’s mother didn’t deny the news, but instead only said that it’s quite common for Beijingers to use rough language.
Xiao Fei was also caught cheating before with a 25-year old Chinese model when his text messages to her were revealed online, such as “I miss you” and “I’ll be waiting here for you”. It was also reported how the two would often meet up secretly in private clubs and five-star hotels. Of course, this rumor was vehemently denied by both Xiao Fei and his mother. Barbie’s mother even supported her son-in-law by saying that her daughter trusts her husband fully, and that there’s no need for her to check on his cell phone nor ask for his whereabouts.
I’m really not sure what to think about this. Wang Sicong isn’t exactly the type of man whose words should be taken seriously. For one thing, he is China’s National Spoiled Brat who believes he is God’s best gift to women. Just recently, he caused a public uproar in social media when he said that his most important criteria for a girlfriend is that she must be buxom, a statement which was seen as objectification of women. He was severely reprimanded by one of China’s state news agency Xinhua for “recklessly disseminating vulgar information… from the worship of money, to sex and violence.”
On the other hand, I just find it curious, why is it that it’s always Barbie’s mother who would always answer for her daughter every time her husband would get himself involved in a scandal? Doesn’t Barbie trust herself enough anymore to speak for herself? It’s also curious how she has never really directly denied the rumors, always just playing around with her words, and only assuring everyone that she’s happy and contented. Is it really that hard to say, “No, my husband didn’t shout at me in public,” or “No, my husband would never cheat on me,” or “No, I wasn’t, never am, and never will be a victim of domestic violence”?
Some of you might say that maybe she’s just tired of answering the same old questions over and over again. How can she be tired when it’s always been her mother or her husband who are always answering for her? But then again, yea, that could be pretty tiring too, maybe even a lot more.
I really don’t know why I’m not entirely sold that she’s truly happy in her marriage despite the many blissful family photos and loving posts that she and her husband often share to the public through their respective microblogs. Maybe, because what they share is just too much than the usual, almost like trying too hard to prove that nothing amiss is going on and that they are indeed truly happy with one another. You know what they say, when there’s smoke, there must be some fire somewhere.
I understand that it wouldn’t be easy for Barbie to just give up on her marriage when she has worked so hard to maintain it. First of all, she sacrificed her flourishing career when she got married at a time when she’s just inches away from becoming one of Asia’s top leading ladies, almost joining in the ranks of Zhang Ziyi, Li Bingbing and Fan Bingbing. She was also known to be a strict vegan and once a pinup model for PETA, that is, until she decided to start eating meat and its products in order to condition her body for pregnancy. Then she tried all those different western and traditional methods just to conceive, even sacrificing her once “immaculate figure” in the process, in order to provide an heir or an heiress to her husband and mother-in-law. The once figure-conscious and self-proclaimed beauty queen has let herself go as she has now focused all of her attention in taking care of her daughter and her husband.
I sincerely hope that all those domestic violence bullshits are just rumors, because no woman deserves to suffer such a terrible fate in the hands of the man who’s supposed to be the one protecting and taking care of her.
I don’t have a single doubt that she’s truly happy and contented with her daughter. If anything, she must be the shining star in her life right now. And I am very sure, her daughter is enough to make all her sacrifices totally worth it.