Not so long ago, F4 had been the ideal embodiment of the male species, the living model of how men should be in the minds of most teenage girls. Though the F4 members have now grown up into mature men and have lost some of their youthful appeal in the process, their intimate interpersonal relationships still remain a fascination for many.
The public’s interest once was again piqued when news of Ken Chu having a new girlfriend hit the newsstand a few days ago. The 36-year old former F4 member was seen at a shopping mall holding hands with 33-year old Chinese singer-actress Han Wen Wen. After shopping, the pair went straight back to Ken’s apartment and eagle-eyed reporters noted that Wen Wen even had the key to his abode. The two of them were reportedly dating each other for almost six months now, starting around February of this year. In his most recent post, he confirmed his new relationship when he said he’s now happy to finally have found someone who truly cares for him.
Ken seems to have a penchant for dating women with curvy figures. Included in his past dating lists were Kelly Lin, Li Bingbing, Maggie Wu and Jiang Xinyu. It’s still yet to be seen whether his relationship with Wen Wen will last. Since breaking up with long term girlfriend Kelly Lin, hardly any of his past relationships lasted longer for more than a year.
Ken Chu has been out of the limelight since deciding to leave showbiz for more then two years now, but that didn’t stop the media from losing interest with his private life. It’s also the same for the other members of F4. No matter how hard they try to keep their relationships out of the spotlight, the media and the public still can’t seem to lose their interest over them.
Out of all the F4 members, only Vic Chou and Vanness Wu are able to maintain a stable relationship with their respective ladies. Vanness Wu has been married with Singaporean socialite Arissa Cheo for two years now. Though their marriage had hit a rough bump late last year because of their online spats, all’s well now for this eclectic couple.
Vanness has always been identified with Arissa for the longest time, with only Vivian Hsu as his other notable past girlfriend. It’s really not a wonder that he would eventually end up with Arissa in the long run.
Vic Chou had been involved with several women in the past, including a makeup saleslady and a personal assistant, although his most high profile relationships were with the late Beatrice Hsu and the now married Barbie Hsu. It’s quite amazing how his relationships with the two Hsu became somewhat interconnected with one another. Vic was said to have broken up with Beatrice because of Barbie, but the breakdown of his relationship with Barbie was attributed to Beatrice’s untimely death.
After his break up with Barbie in 2008, Vic became more private with his personal matters. In fact, so private he was that for the next four years, he had kept his intimate relationships away from the media and the public eye. It wasn’t until 2012 when he finally disclosed that he had been, in fact, in several relationships for the past three years, with each only lasting less than a year. He declined to expose the identities of the girls in order to protect their privacy and their respective families. It’s all in the past anyway, and exposing them won’t do them any good anymore.
It was also in 2012 when Vic started dating his current girlfriend Reen Yu. So far, this has been his longest relationship to date as none of his past relationships lasted for more than two years. He also sees Reen as a suitable marriage partner for him in the very near future.
With the three F4 members coming out clean of their personal relationships, it’s only Jerry Yan whose love life remains a mystery. His most notable relationship from then until now has always been with Lin Chi-ling. Theirs had been quite a rocky one, with Jerry’s refusal to own up to their relationship and Chi-ling’s ambiguous involvement with rich tycoon Qiu Shi Kai. Eventually, the two finally called it quits in 2010. Chi-ling remains single today at 40 years old.
Jerry’s other past rumored girlfriends were Terri Kwan and Japanese-Swiss model Shoko, though he neither confirmed nor denied any one of them.
At present, Jerry is still single sans rumors with anyone. Some media started calling him now as a diamond bachelor alongside Louis Koo, although he still has two more years before he officially becomes one. He’s already 38 years old, and I won’t be surprised if he goes for a flash wedding once he finds the right one for him. Better to do that than to pull an Andy Lau denial act.
Though most fans of F4 have long since moved on from idolizing artists to motherhood and being career-driven for some, knowing that a member of their favorite male group has just entered a new phase in his life can still leave a deep sense of nostalgia among them. Maybe because it’s kind of good to know that the men whom they once considered as untouchable demigods are finally moving on to the next chapter in their lives, but this time, just like any other ordinary mortal men. Like they always have been.