Fan Bing Bing dating Aarif Lee?

Hong Kong - Behind the just-announced film comeback of Hong Kong actress Isabella Leong is allegedly another story - that she is in a year-long romance with the filmmaker's son.

The 25-year-old's romance with Oscar Wang, 22, son of Taiwanese director Sylvia Chang, was not the only one dubbed as "May-December" by the media over the weekend.

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, who is 32 next week, is also said to be dating her co-star Aarif Lee, 26.

Both Wang and Leong have interesting histories. Leong quit acting in 2008 to have three sons with Hong Kong businessman Richard Li, but she announced their split in 2011.

Last week, with Chang at a Taipei press conference, she announced her comeback in one of the director's movies.

Wang was kidnapped in 2000 at age nine but was saved when police arrested the criminals, who kept him in a suitcase.

His worried mum later sent him overseas to study.

Through her spokesman, Chang, 60, last Saturday denied a story in the latest issue of Ming Pao Weekly which said she got Leong to star in her film so as to give her son more chances to meet the actress.

The story said Leong was living in Canada a year ago with her sons when she met Wang, then based in Britain studying film, through her friend, actress Angelica Lee, and started a romance.

This year, both are back home, he to help his mother in Taiwan, and she to be with her eldest son who is starting school in Hong Kong.

Both Lee and actor Anthony Wong, who is Leong's godfather, have denied knowing anything about a Wang-Leong romance. Wong quipped: "I won't be alarmed unless she is dating (Hong Kong financial secretary) John Tsang."

Meanwhile, Aarif Lee last Thursday told reporters that he and Fan Bingbing are "close friends" after a netizen, as reported by Apple Daily Hong Kong, claimed to have seen him pecking her on her forehead in a Phuket cafe. They reportedly got close while filming the rom-com One Night Surprise.

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