Vic Zhou (Zai Zai) and Barbie Hsu (DaS) Break up: Report

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Posted 1/26/08 , edited 1/26/08

Jan. 15, 2008

High-profile Taiwan celebrity couple Vic Zhou and Barbie Hsu has broken up, according to local media reports.

Hsu confirmed the split via her assistant during an activity in Hong Kong on Monday. Zhou's agent also confirmed the news. Both declined to make further comments.

Barbie Hsu's mother told the media the couple parted amicably.

Barbie Hsu, 31, and Vic Zhou, 26, gained wide popularity through the 2001 hit television drama "Meteor Garden." They collaborated in another series, "Mars," in 2004, and officially began dating in July 2005.


Vic Zhou and Barbie Hsu's two and a half years of (sister, brother) love relationship have ended.
Yesterday, Zai Zai who was in Taiyuan, capital city of Shanxi province, China announced the seperation with Barbie.

They were unable to maintain as a love couple but they can become life-long friends of close family ties.

At the press reception, Zai Zai was asked about the news on the break-up;
He said: 'It's true, we have broken up, the feeling with Da S is one from being her boyfriend to that of family member. The feeling of being a family member will be everlasting, this is much better.'
He was reluctant to disclose the reasons for the seperation but he feels that the two and half years with Da S were good times.

Rumours spread that the reasons for the breaking up were publicity for the film and that of
the female being stronger than the male and even 'forced marriage'?

Zai Zai rebutt that it's only hearsay, it's not the facts and that he did not wish to comment more.

That the cause was forced marriages;

The 32 year old Barbie have been reported to be impatient, wanting to get married and have children,
the reason for her break-up with her former boyfriend Lan zheng Long 4 years ago was also due to the
forced marriage which led to the breakdown of the relationship.

Zai Zai plans in his early life was to be married at the age of 25 and become a dad at age 30.
Never to expect that after his 26th birthday, he is still unwilling to get married, that he had
changed his intentions and to maintain the relationship first.
Even if it was Barbie who initiate the seperation, it is understandable.

There were also reports that Barbie's mother is not too satisfied with this prospective son-inlaw.
As a mother, it is only understandable that her own daughter gets married to a good husband.

Yesterday, Mrs. Hsu and Barbie's spokesman responded to the reporters questions.
She first denied that the 'forced marriage' was the cause of the seperation.
'Da S and Zai Zai are concentrating on their careers that's why they decided to seperate.'
She added that: 'Whether to get married is not a problem, the most important thing is that the
both of them are too busy, they feel that they want to make their careers as the first priority.
That's why they agreed on the seperation.'

Isn't it a waste?
'Fate is like that, in the future everyone are still friends.
Friends treat each other sincerely and in the future they will still be able to encourage one another.
Da S do not have the wisdom and the ability to get married.'

Mrs. Hsu confirmed the break-up between Da S and Zai Zai whereas Da S was interviewed on the website regarding the seperation but she was evasive.
The Internet host states that Mrs. Hsu have admitted to their seperation.
Barbie was calm and replied: 'Hsu Mama can say whatever she wants, I am in no position to
prevent her. She is my mother, she can speak on my behalf.

Last night after having returned to Taiwan, with regards to the seperation;
Da S expressed that all along she had never insisted and that she have sufficient courage to
face the future.
'To engage in a marraige relationship, including teaching the children, having a good relationship
with the parents-inlaw, involves everyone's cooperation. I do not have the wisdom nor the ability
to engage in such matters.

Actually, was the announcement on the seperation planned beforehand?

In actual fact in mid December last year, Zai Zai had already made known the 'seperation notice'.
Outsiders misunderstood that for a marriage announcement.
Last year on December 9, when Zai Zai was in Shanghai to attend the prize presentation ceremony,
he media asked when the marraige will take place?

Zai Zai replied that: 'There will be a breakthrough in our relationship next year.'
He did not elaborate further what he meant by breakthrough.
Now we understand the real meaning of his statement. The breakthrough is their decision to seperate.

Reports state that the date for their break-up was on the 4th of January.

Those who were not optimistic about this relationship disclosed that Zai Zai's position in the
Hsu's household was very low. Often he will be ordered about by the family.
It's been reported that in 2006 when both of them wanted to get married, Mrs Hsu turned around
and told Zai Zai that he had to be married into their family which really hurt him.
The age difference of 5 years (example of a brother attaching to an elder sister) whereby the
female's personality is stronger than the male, could also be a factor for the seperation.

Those who worked with Zai Zai revealed:
Recently Zai Zai have been working really hard, and was always discussing work matters with the
staff. He's very different from last time where he used to be very shy and did not have any
views on matters. Seems like he is using work to treat the wounds and to express that he is
not a 'small man'.

Vanness Wu
Vanness Wu carrying an illness, appeared in an event for Nike yesterday.
When informed of the break-up between good friend Zai Zai and Barbie:
He was surprised and exclaimed that he didn't know; 'Because I've been very busy with
work recently, didn't have time to contact others.'

Will you look up Zai Zai and comfort him when you get back to Taiwan?
'I will look up friends for chats, as a friend, definitely I will do what it's need.
To comfort him? Everyone's condition is different.'

Will introduce a girl that you know?
'That fast? Very cruel ah..! Let me understand the matter first, see if it's true then
see how it goes.'
He added that he will be texting Ken Zhu to wish him 'A Happy Birthday'.


It seems that Vic Zhou had learnt from Jay Chou's "Im not F4", "Not taking the normal road" having his ZheJiang area album event in NinBo. Promoting his album, Zaizai arrives at this place at its freezing period, moreover, yesterday, it has been revealed that he broke up with DaS, the "hurt " him had been in the movie, TV, music areas, being a true " 3 sided artist".

Pink colored sport sweater, black gloves, Zaizai looks really pale, the right side of his face has a few pimples.
After waiting for 2 huors, Zaizai finally appears, NinBo and HangZhou reporters had agreed beforehand to directly ask him about his love affair, but seeing a Zaizai like that, they all tacitly didnt have the heart to do so, asking questions about little things for a while, finally, a reporter couldnt resist and mentionned DaS, for a second Zaizai eyes seemed to have gotten teary. (he didnt cry but his eyes just looked wet)

No need to look at a breakup with pessimistic eyes

Why does everybody feel that breaking up is a bad thing. Between Xi Yuan and me, there are too much too much tacit undrstanding, we cant even explain it to friends. How long I've been into this business ios how long this understanding has been there. Separating, is for us good and amical, peaceful, we feel that with trying to maintain a life where we are each busy on our own, becoming friends, family is better, we can pour out our problems to the other, that kind of feeling is not bad.

Reason for the break up ? These versions are not solid

I dont like too many people guessing around, it's not our feeling that is an issue or anyone's problem. I hate hearing about bad thing about Xi Yuan, When facing the press, if someone is having offensive words toward her, I'll stand up and talk. My point is that ... we still have very good relationship.

Why didnt say it sooner ? because there was no need to

The friends who understand me know, I never did publicity stints. I dont like it, also dislike that kind of behaviour. If using that to stay in the entertainment circle, I had a lot of time and occasions to do it but I never did. This decision(Breaking up) is a mature and wise decision, please dont distord this mature act of us.

Looking for another girlfriend ? Not thinking about it

Next girlfriend being in or out of the Entertainment circle, I'm not thinking about it. I want to focus on my career, working hard on it, hoping that during that period, I can use my energy on my work, looking for my real place in the circle, and not thinking about anything else.

DaS in reporters mind has become Xi Yuan in Zaizai's mouth, those who hear it all have their heart thumping unwillingly. But once the topic is changed, Zaizai immediately gets happier, laughing hard and even stomping his feet. Talking about his album made him even more high.

I'm F4 and also not F4

Zaizai thinks his vocals arent compatible with rythmic songs, he has always had love songs as his main focus. In this album, it the first time for him to try out a song with fast rythm, " I wish not to have the need of getting help from Andy Lau's songs when performing on different places" Zaizai sticks his toungue, " I'm not F4, Mosaic, these songs have very good effect."

The album's title insolently claims "I'm not F4" hearing it may make people think if Vic Zhou singing it loudly and insolently. But the four F4 brothers relationship is still as deep and strong, Zaizai reveals, They oftne reunite at some people's house chatting and eating, Surprisingly, Zaizai forgot about Jerry's birthday few days ago, " Our relationship(the 4) doesnt need to many words, I'm sorry for forgetting his birthday, I'll make up for it when I go back to TW." Zaizai apologise.

F4, this abnd which was so popular, makes them proud. Now, each of them are trying hard on their own way. About his 3rd Solo album, Zaizai also wish to change the image of an unreachable F4 through it, getting closer to fans, having his own style.

Acting, I'm giving myself 100 points

For the past 3 years, Zaizai has been focused on acting, recently his movie has started showing, starring with Li Bing Bing in " Linger", makes people surprised. For the breakthoughdegree of his performance, for this movie which had finished filming one year ago, Zaizai unhesitantly gives himself 100 point, for a year, he again participated in another movie, now, watching this movie again, Zaizai can still see where it could have been better : " But the me of that time did the best, now I can really judge, so I'm giving the past me 100 points"

To LBB's performance, Zaizai also gives 100 points, "Unhesitantly" Zaizai adds. At that time, LBB still hadnt gotten the title of best actress, but Zaizai says " From her eyes filled with the character, I could see it".

It's also LBB's performance, professionalism, not minding about her own image that let Zaizai not being embarrassed in the passionate scene, even being a little numb : " Surprisingly, being the first performance in a movie, but in TV, for these past 7 years, I never stopped to have passionate scenes, for me, its not anything special naymore. When filming, I didnt think of anything, only did what the character should do."

" I like acting, like the entertainment circle, when we meet again, if you feel that I am a professional actor, then this oppinion will help me very much" Zaizai admits, " We F4, the 4 of us, all want to go for 'all round' artist way, situation, I hope everyone will in many years after acknowledge my thinking."

About Zaizai's influence, we can see it from the number of NinBo, HangZhou, reporters who came not minding the snowy storm, from the fans who brave the freezig weather from the event place to the crossing bridge, I have my answer.Although it's not about the the problem of the "older you get the wiser you are" but Zaizai also wants to be like his Idol Andy Lau a lasting artist.

The fans stamp their feet, shrink their neck, making people pity, a group of high school girls shout at our camera " ZaiZai, you must be happy ! ", one of them even pulled us asking, what you just filmed, will Zaizai see it ? I thought and thought again before saying yes, he only need to go on "And is it true that he broke up with DaS ?" I nod, she happily says " Waa, then I have a chance ! ". The girls around immediately start to discuss: I feel that LBB is not bad, pretty and....
It seems that Zaizai doesnt need to worry, there are so many fans who are worrying for him, You only need to sleep weel, continuing to work hard, " who cares about F4, DaS, someone who can catch people's heart, is a good artist ! "
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