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Xia Yu and Yuan Quan Marry

2009-09-01 14:01 BJT

Actor Xia Yu married fellow actress Yuan Quan, his girlfriend of ten years, sohu.com reported on Monday.

They registered for marriage last Friday, August 28, and issued a statement announcing their marriage, expressing gratitude to all friends and hoping for more time to spend alone together.

The Oriental Morning Post reported they had attempted to downplay the event by going to a Beijing civil administration bureau in secret early Friday morning to register the marriage. But netizens identified the celebrity couple and soon the media was calling to confirm the rumors of their marriage.

Xiayu and Yuan Quan shot a special group of photos on the campus of the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing on August 28, 2009, the day they registered for marriage. [Photo:sohu.com]
Xiayu and Yuan Quan shot a special group of photos on the campus
of the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing on August 28, 2009, the
day they registered for marriage. [Photo:sohu.com]

Instead of a grand wedding ceremony, the couple hosted a low-key, intimate affair for both families Friday night, and are planning another private party for friends later, the report said.

Xia Yu and Yuan Quan have been together since they were students at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing. Their decade-long courtship was briefly interrupted by a love triangle involving Gao Yuanyuan, another actress, in 2007.

The two were seen together again that October, and photos showing the two cuddling and kissing after attending the Mass Film Hundred Flowers Awards in the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou were all over the internet.