After months of speculation and years of false alarms, celebrity couple Gao Yuanyuan and Mark Chao have finally confirmed that they are expecting a baby.
Pregnancy rumours were rife after a video that Yuanyuan filmed a month ago only showed her face and upper body. Netizens noticed that her face looked rounder than usual, which caused them to wonder if she was trying to conceal a baby bump.
While there was radio silence from the couple for about a month after the video was released, Mark finally let the cat out of the bag when he announced the good news that they are expecting their first child on his Weibo account.
“Whenever people asked us (about having a baby), we’d always give the same answer, ‘We’ll let nature take its course’. Now, we can say, ‘Yes, thank you for the blessings that you’ve showered on us all this time’,” he wrote.
His post has been met with over 50,000 comments, with many simply congratulating the couple on starting a brood of their own.
However, details such as the baby’s expected due date and gender have yet to be revealed.
Taiwanese media have reported that Mark’s announcement was made soon after Yuanyuan entered her second trimester of pregnancy. This would be in line with the Chinese superstition that pregnancy news should not be confirmed nor announced in the first trimester.
The actors tied the knot five years ago, after which Yuanyuan cut down on her acting projects to be able to take care of her parents and focus on her family.