The drone proposal

Zhang Ziyi says yes to marriage but Shenzhen dronemaker steals show

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The love life of Wang Feng is almost as colourful as that of Jennifer Lopez. The 43 year-old rock star – who stars as a mentor on the hit show The Voice of China – has been married and divorced twice (he has a daughter from each of the relationships). Before he announced his second divorce, he was photographed by paparazzi getting quite intimate with actress Zhang Ziyi at a concert. This started the rumour that he was having an affair with the 36 year-old Chinese superstar.

In November 2013 Wang and Zhang decided to make their relationship public.

During a concert in Shanghai, Wang addressed her from the stage, declaring: “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.”

Now Wang appears ready to return to the altar for the third time. At Zhang’s birthday party last weekend, he surprised both her and her friends by using a white drone to fly in an engagement ring (see photo). He then got down on one knee to propose.

“We have experienced happiness and heartbreaks. I hope you, Ziyi, will always be happy. Even when we are both old, I will still take care of you,” he told the assembled party.

If Zhang wasn’t moved by his words – or Wang’s drone strategy – she must have been impressed with the ring. NetEase, a portal, reported that Wang proposed with a 9.15 carat diamond ring from the London jeweller Moussaieff. Wang also gave his bride-to-be a ruby and diamond bracelet as a birthday gift.

On Monday, the actress posted a picture of fireworks from the party and details of the proposal on her personal weibo account, adding a public message to Wang: “Thanks for completing my life. All the hardship is past. From now we are together till we’re old.”

Zhang’s love life has also been regular tabloid fodder. She was once linked to CCTV show host Sa Beining and was engaged to Israeli billionaire Vivi Nevo in 2008 (they parted ways in 2010).

But the romantic glow around the couple was soon marred by speculation that the diamond ring may have been part of an endorsement for Moussaieff. That’s because when Sina, a portal, first published the news of the engagement, it was filed as a press release. Eagle-eyed netizens soon identified the firm that sent out the item as none other than the UK jewellery brand. Moussaieff was mentioned in virtually every article about the couple’s engagement.

“The Voice of China should pay our Mentor Wang more. Don’t let the jewellery company grab the headlines,” one netizen mocked.

Meanwhile, the maker of the drone involved in the proposal DJI told the South China Morning Post that it has gained a lot of publicity from the event. DJI said it was probably the first time a drone had been used in a marriage proposal in China. After news of the engagement went viral, the company’s store on e-commerce website Tmall added a description to the Phantom 2 Vision+ model as “Same style that Wang Feng used”.

So far, there has been little discussion as to whether that was a sponsored item too…

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