15th September 2020 – (Shanghai) Mainland actress Fan Bingbing, whose 39th birthday is tomorrow, is rumoured to have received a gift from her old love Li Chen the night before. On 29th May 2015, it was announced on Li Chen‘s social media that he and Fan Bingbing were dating. On 16 September 2017, the couple got engaged after he proposed to Fan at her birthday party. The couple announced their separation on 27th June 2019.
Yesterday evening, some netizens broke the news that they spotted Li Chen who was dressed in plain clothes at a restaurant who was having dinner with a movie director at a restaurant on the Bund in Shanghai. During the meal, a drone formation performance appeared outside the restaurant. Three sets of light images were distributed by the drones in mid-air i.e “I love the big black cow”, followed by “FBB” and then ” “Happy Birthday”. “Big Black Cow” is the nickname of Li Chen and “FBB” is the English pinyin abbreviation of Bingbing. So, many interpreted this surprise as Li Chen’s high-profile birthday celebration and love for Fan Bingbing. Netizens have speculated that the couple has reunited.
Although netizens added that Bingbing was not seen at the dinner that night, they broke the news immediately, saying that the day after the drone light show, they met Bingbing wearing a white dress, mask and cap with his girlfriend not far from the restaurant where Li Chen had dined. Therefore, it is speculated that the couple met secretly in Shanghai. Also, after Li Chen appeared in a variety show on TV recently, audience saw women’s skin care and hygiene products in the bathroom of his mansion where he claimed to be living alone. Both of them were also found to be wearing the same rings on their social media pictures.
Both of them have not responded to media enquiries.
In 2018, Fan was secretly detained by Chinese authorities, disappearing from public on 1st July 2018 for nearly three months. She subsequently appeared on social media, offering a public apology over tax evasion, for which the Chinese authorities fined her more than CN¥883 million (US$127 million)