Patriot chants as cross-strait love crumbles

Central Station | 23 Nov 2021

Beijing tycoon Wang Xiaofei is being called "a loyal patriot" by mainlanders following confirmation that he and Taiwanese actress Barbie Hsu Xiyuan are divorcing.

Wang, 40, and Hsu, 45, have been married for more than 10 years. They said they will raise their seven-year-old daughter and five-year-old son together.

Hsu - also known as Big S - has filed for divorce in a Taiwan court and is asking that the couple divide assets of around HK$266 million that includes the HK$98 million S Hotel, which is named after Hsu, in Taipei.

The pair used to appear lovey-dovey on social media and mainland variety shows. But it has become more and more awkward between the two behind the scenes as cross-strait issues get more sensitive.

Case in point: in June the mainland saw several infected Taiwanese arrivals, who Wang called "traitors" on Weibo.

Mainlanders have come out to show their support for Wang's "patriotic divorce." One said: "Wang Xiaofei has become the first man ever to divorce his wife for his love for the nation. There's nothing wrong in being a patriot! You have my support."

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