Faye 'happier with Nic'

Faye 'happier with Nic'

She is lying in bed and playing with her mobile phone as he sits beside her and chats.

She is animated as they converse, stamping her feet on the bed and kicking in the air. He gets up to go to the kitchen, but not before giving her a kiss on the hand.

In the kitchen, he sits alone, but not for long. She approaches him, bends forward to talk to him, then kisses him and runs off.

Two teenagers in love? They happen to be pop queen Faye Wong and leading man Nicholas Tse who, in a wild tabloid dream come true, have resumed their MayDecember romance a year after she divorced actor Li Yapeng.

The story was broken last Saturday by China's Sohu news website, which published Fengxing studio's photos of what it said was the couple's four-day rendezvous in the singer's apartment in Beijing's Chaoyang district.

Hong Kong's Apple Daily acquired Fengxing's footage of the couple's kisses and posted it online in multiple parts, along with blow-by-blow transcripts.

NetEase news website, quoting Fengxing, said a member of the studio saw Wong's car at a supermarket close to Chaoyang Park by chance last Monday. When Tse's car appeared and Wong climbed into it after doing her shopping, the photographer followed them.

Wong, 45, and Tse, 34, then holed up in her home for a few sweet days, Sohu said. Not only did he cook for her, but they also did household chores and watched television together. And, oh yeah, they kissed.

Yesterday, Oriental Daily News said Wong's close friend, actress Vicki Zhao, was instrumental in getting the couple back together, 11 years after they broke up and went on to marry and divorce other people.

In March, when Zhao was a guest on Tse's travel and food programme, Chef Nic, she teased him and said he must have charmed many women with his cooking. He said: "I've never had a lock on anyone, there's no one with me."

But she dropped him a hint that Wong had never gotten over him, saying: "Someone isn't with you, but you have a lock on her heart." Wong and Tse had long lost contact with each other, but Zhao helped them reconnect, the newspaper said, citing unnamed sources.

They began meeting regularly, and Tse, who has a postproduction studio in Beijing, soon had more reasons to fly there frequently.

He did not deny the relationship when Apple Daily called him last Saturday. He said: "I'm on a plane now, I won't respond, thank you."

Afterwards, he arrived in Yingshan in Sichuan province and sang three songs at a concert, looking happy like a man with "a spring breeze on the face", the newspaper said.

His agent Mani Fok confirmed the romance, saying: "Of course it's a good thing."

The two stars have provided great fodder for the tabloids from day one.

They have never quite followed the rulebook for relationships in Chinese show business, throwing to the wind the caution of stars such as Andy Lau, who hid his love life for decades.

Wong has had a devil-may-care attitude to her public image since the 1990s. In an iconic paparazzi photo of her from the era, when she dated and married rocker Dou Wei, she is slumming it in an alley in Beijing to be near him, sleepy-eyed and emptying a chamber pot.

When Wong got together with Tse in 2000, she was the 30-year-old divorced Heavenly Queen of Mandopop and he, the 19-year-old rising Cantopop star.

They were the picture of romantic rebellion, when she led him out of a bar in Hong Kong hand in hand, in full view of reporters.

Their first break-up was in 2002, amid talk that someone his age, actress Cecilia Cheung, had come between them.

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