Taiwanese-Canadian actor Mark Chao’s May-December relationship with Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan has been going well, and it seems wedding bells will soon be ringing for the couple.
After collaborating in movie Caught in the Web, 29-year-old Mark and 34-year-old Yuanyuan started dating. In March 2012, they were revealed to have stayed in a hotel together for five whole days, and not long after that, the couple was spotted strolling – with their hands tightly clasped together – late at night, inadvertently confirming their relationship.
Their relationship has stabilised over the past year. Mark has not been stingy with declaring his marriage plans, even revealing that he plans to settle down before his 30th birthday. As he will be turning thirty on September 25, there has been widespread speculation that the wedding will occur late this year.
However, rumour has it that Allen did not approve of Mark’s relationship initially, and had shot down speculation about his marriage with Yuanyuan.
Yesterday, when Allen was asked about his son’s marriage, he no longer held a negative attitude towards Yuanyuan, praising her for having a good upbringing and personality, and being understanding. He added that when Yuanyuan visits Taipei, she would always be sure to visit him and his wife.
He said that the couple’s marriage “will likely happen next year if it doesn’t happen this year, and Mark will announce the exact date himself”. He also grumbled, “There are many things that I only get to know just a little earlier than the fans. I’ll let the lovebirds settle their marriage themselves; I’ll just focus on being the officiator.”
Mark did not deny the claims that his father made regarding his marriage: “I’ve always been planning for marriage, since I’m almost thirty. As I’ve said before, I’ll be sure to let everyone know once the details are finalised.”