Born in Beijing, Wang Feng started practicing the violin when he was 5. Much later, after graduating from the Central Conservatory of Music, he realised that his real passion was rock and roll. He quit the National Ballet Orchestra to become a songwriter.
Why is he famous?
Wang later became the founder and lead singer of the band No. 43 Baojia Street (named after the address of Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music). After two albums with the band, Wang decided to go solo. Songs like Flying Higher, Brave Heart and Blooming Life became firm favourites with China’s entrepreneurial class because of their uplifting tone and can-do spirit. Flying Higher also became a stalwart soundtrack on CCTV, for important occasions such as the launch of the Shenzhou spaceship and during the Beijing Olympics.
Why is he in the news?
Wang has announced that he’s divorcing his second wife after six years of marriage. Soon afterwards, rumours started to swirl that he was dating movie star Zhang Ziyi.
Last week, Wang confirmed it, openly declaring his love for Zhang during a concert in Shanghai. Wang said: “I imagine that one day, we might go shopping and walk in the street hand-in-hand like ordinary people instead of wearing masks and sunglasses.”The love oath continued: “I imagine that when we get old one day, we could hold each other and walk forward on the road. My love, you have had a hard time! I never imagined that a simple love can add so much burden to you. I will make you the happiest woman in the world.”
Zhang, who was in the audience, was captured on screen with tears running down her cheeks.
The syrupy moment soon became the most talked about subject on weibo. “All the best to Wang and Zhang. I hope they find true love,” one netizen gushed. But not everyone was so enamoured. They’ve pointed out that the song Wang dedicated to Zhang – I Love You That Much – was originally written for his former girlfriend, Ge Huijie (a model, naturally). To which, Ge has responded: “It doesn’t matter anymore.”
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