26-year-old Chinese actress Xu Zijun faces criticism over alleged affair with actor Gao Yalin, 52

By Nguyen Huong   May 12, 2024 | 08:36 pm PT
Chinese actress Xu Zijun, 26, has been subject to criticism for allegedly being the lover of 52-year-old actor Gao Yalin.
Chinese actress Xu Zijun. Photo from Xus Weibo

Chinese actress Xu Zijun. Photo from Xu's Weibo

Sinchew reported that after Gao’s girlfriend Wei Jia alleged an affair between Gao and Xu, Chinese social media users have criticized Xu for "being a mistress of an actor old enough to be her father," "making a wrong choice," and "having a careless lifestyle."

As a result of the backlash, Xu has deactivated the comment feature on her social media profiles.

According to some sources, the controversy has led to Xu being ostracized by several film and television companies.

Wei accused Gao of infidelity on social media on May 8, claiming he had an affair with Xu while she was pregnant. She posted screenshots of romantic and flirtatious exchanges between Gao and Xu, accusing them of having planned a dinner date when her child with Gao was just two months old, with Gao reportedly covering the expenses and transferring 38,888 yuan (US$5,382) and 28,888 yuan to Xu.

Moreover, Wei claimed that Gao had physically assaulted her by strangling and slapping her during her fifth month of pregnancy.

She also disclosed that after uncovering the affair, she and Gao had a severe argument, leading to their separation. She claimed they no longer cohabit and that she is raising their child alone without any financial assistance from Gao.

Xu pursued modeling during her high school years before gaining admission to the renowned Beijing Film Academy, an institution noted for its alumni of distinguished Chinese actors.

She earned the nickname "beauty queen" at the academy, celebrated for her large round eyes, fair complexion, and slender legs. Her distinctive appearance has helped her secure roles in several television series, including "Twenty Your Life On," "Run for Young," and "My Super Hero."

Gao, a prominent Chinese actor, is widely recognized for his role in the sitcom "Home with Kids." Typically portraying positive characters, his mature image has endeared him to audiences, earning him the labels "nation’s father" and "nation’s husband" on screen.

Gao was previously married to actress Shi Wei, 41, in 2008. After their separation, it is believed he began living with Wei, though their marriage was not officially registered.

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