Hong Kong heartthrob Andy Lau Tak Wah and his Malaysian girlfriend Carol Chu will marry next year after 23 years of courting.
The couple, who got to know each other in 1985, has chosen Pulau Redang in Terengganu as the site for their lavish wedding ceremony to avoid the papparazzi.
Hong Kong magazine Three Weekly reported that the 47-year-old Lau got the idea of getting married on a faraway resort island from his buddy Tony Leung Chiu Wai, who recently tied the knot with Chinese beauty Carina Lau Kar Ling.
The magazine reported that the star had been vehemently denying his relationship with Chu for fear of losing the support of his fans but Chu’s appearance at Lau’s concert early this year had sent the rumour mill into overdrive.
Lau also set tongues wagging when he asked his fans if idols could have girlfriends and get married as a way of testing his fans’ response to his marriage plans. Fans responded that he should be open about his love for Chu.
Chu’s romance with Lau is believed to have started not long after she was named second runner-up in a beauty contest in 1985.
In May this year, he was spotted at the wedding ceremony of Chu’s sister in Kuala Lumpur.
When contacted, his former girlfriend Yu Ke Xin said: “I am very happy for him. It is time he settled down.”
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