Will love triumph over star power?

Will love triumph over star power?
Chinese rocker Wang Feng, 43, faced online ridicule when he failed to propose to his internationally famous girlfriend Zhang Ziyi (both above), 35, on Chinese Valentine's Day on Aug 2.

Chinese rocker Wang Feng, 43, faced online ridicule when he failed to propose to his internationally famous girlfriend Zhang Ziyi, 35, on Chinese Valentine's Day on Aug 2.

Speculations were fuelled when Letv, the Chinese site that streamed a live webcast of the show, hinted to the media that something special would take place.

From the get-go, netizens were already sceptical about Wang's relationship with Zhang since they are separated by such a huge gulf in status.

The twice-divorced Wang, who is a father of two, may be popular in China and is also enjoying a revival of his career as a coach on the popular reality singing show The Voice Of China, but all that pales in comparison to Zhang, whom Time magazine calls "China's gift to Hollywood".

Such seemingly unequal romantic pairings where the woman is the bigger star by far, are not new to show business and always raise the questions: Can the male ego weather the jibes that could come his way or will love triumph?

Regardless of the answer in each situation, fans such as Republic Polytechnic student Samantha Nelson, 19, are all for girl power in such unions.

She says: "Looking at singer Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon, it shows that women don't have to depend on men to survive financially."

Matilda Tao, 44 (TV host) and Li Li-Ren, 40 (actor) 

Tao is among Taiwanese showbiz's creme de la creme. Li is not.

He did not do anything to quell sniggers of "Mr Matilda Tao" when he became a stay-at-home dad six years ago to look after their daughter, who was then two. They also have a five-year-old son.

He has returned to work, snagging leading man roles in local Taiwanese drama Once Upon A Time In Beitou (2014) and went to China to film The Empress Of China this year. He even won the Best Supporting Actor nod at the Golden Bell Awards (2013) for war drama Home (2012).

Still, it is hard to top the accomplishments of an over-achieving wife. The motormouth Tao has won the hosting gig for the Golden Melody Awards for 12 consecutive years. This is on top of her variety show gigs, most notably, seven seasons of reality singing contest One Million Star, for which she won a Best Variety Show Host award at the Golden Bell Awards (2007).

Staying power: Tao is the envy of women for marrying a devoted husband. Not only did he stay home to look after their kids, he also underwent a vasectomy in 2009 after seeing how tough it was for his wife during her pregnancy. No wonder the pair, who wed in 2005, have been called a model couple by the Chinese media.

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