BEIJING : Chinese actress Vicki Zhao is reportedly set to wed her businessman boyfriend in a low-key wedding in October, and will subsequently retire from showbiz, media reported.
Earlier, Zhao had said that she wanted to take a break from acting to concentrate on her studies but now, there is speculation that there are other reasons for her supposed hiatus.
The actress’ manager, Chen Rong, has denied the retirement rumours, saying that her studies, career and love life “do not conflict with each other”.
Chen added that reporters may have misconstrued what Zhao had meant in a previous interview when the 33-year-old said she was going to take a break.
What Zhao had really meant was that she was busy working on her final graduation project, while also looking at two to three potential films to star in at the same time.
Speculation that Zhao was engaged began when she was spotted wearing a large Cartier diamond ring at the Cannes Film Festival.
While there have been rumours that the actress is dating Chinese table tennis player and Olympic gold medalist Wang Liqin, the press reported that Zhao’s boyfriend is actually a businessman.
While Zhao’s manager did not comment on the wedding rumours, Chen emphasized that the actress has no plans to retire any time soon, and is considering taking on a few projects.
“Love and work don’t clash. Vicki will not be leaving the entertainment industry,” reiterated Chen.