Lin Chiling and EXILE’s AKIRA Announce Marriage

Lin Chiling and EXILE's AKIRA Announce Marriage

All hopes of a Jerry Yan (言承旭)-Lin Chiling (林志玲) reconciliation have been dashed as the Taiwanese actress announced on social media that she and AKIRA (Ryōhei Kurosawa), a member from J-Pop/R&B group, EXILE, got married today. It’s reported the two registered their marriage in Taipei today and then flew to Tokyo to register their marriage there. Afterwards, they flew to Los Angeles, seemingly for their honeymoon. According to the Taiwanese media, Lin Chiling is not pregnant, but was rumored to have frozen her eggs when she turned 40. The two are seven years apart with Lin Chiling turning 45 years old this year and AKIRA turning 38 years old. She also emphasized she would continue with her career and charity work after marriage and possibly starting a family.

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This is a shock to many as there were still fans hoping for a Jerry Yan and Lin Chiling reconciliation after 17 years of their on and off relationship. The chances of the two reconciling were already slim when Lin Chiling denied being the girlfriend Jerry Yan thanked at his Japan fan meeting when she was asked about it last November. Lin Chiling maintained she was single and even wished Jerry Yan well.

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Lin Chiling posted a message on her IG today saying, “Love and courage. I got married. Having everyone’s love and support all along, I am very fortunate. To every lovely one of you, let us be happy together.”

As for AKIRA, he posted a lengthy message on his IG sharing his love for Lin Chiling. He also reposted Lin Chiling’s Weibo post and included a caption in Chinese saying, “I will make you happy for a lifetime.”

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日頃より皆様方には大変お世話になっており、誠にありがとうございます。 私事ではございますが、 以前から交友のあった女優の林志玲(リン・チーリン)さんと、 6 月 6 日に結婚しましたことをご報告させていただきます。 8 年前に共演した舞台「レッドクリフ ~愛~」をきっかけに、 長い間、親しい友人としてお付き合いしていくなかでお互いに惹かれ合い、 人生のパートナーとして共に歩んでいきたいと強く思い、 昨年から交際に至り、これまで 2 人の仲を深め、向き合ってきました。 多忙な日々の中、志玲さんはいつも自分のことよりも家族や仲間を大切にし、 それ以上に、自分の活動を通してファンの皆様やアジアの多くの方々を大切にし、 沢山の愛情や勇気を届けている姿を近くで見てきて、 その責任感の強さと、愛に溢れる人柄に心惹かれました。 そして、どんな時も、ありのままの僕を笑顔で受け入れてくれる大きな優しさに、 感謝の気持ちと共に、志玲さんを心から幸せにしたいと真摯に思いました。 まだまだ未熟者ではございますが、これからは志玲さんと家族を大切にしながら、 これまで皆様が与えてくださった全てに感謝し、表現者としてこれまで以上に 自覚と責任を持って、芸道に精進してまいります。 そして、エンタテインメントの世界で今以上に初心を忘れず、 日頃から応援してくださっている皆様に恩返し出来ますよう精進していきたいと 思っておりますので、今後とも、どうぞよろしくお願いいたします。 令和元年 6 月 6 日 EXILE AKIRA #出会ったころの写真を使わせていただきました #AKIRA #林志玲 ーーーーーーーーーーーーーーー To all my fans: Thank you always for your continuous support. I am excited to announce that on June 6th, I married Lin Chi-ling, the famous actress, with whom I have had a long-standing friendship. Ever since sharing the stage with her on “Red Cliff -Love-” eight years ago, we developed a friendship and just last year, it evolved into something more. I felt strongly that I want her to be my partner in life as we see our true selves in each other. No matter how busy she may be, she always puts her family, friends and fans before herself and constantly strives to provide love and courage to many people across Asia, always staying true to her roots. I was strongly attracted to her sense of responsibility and caring nature. With a smile, she always accepts me for who I am, and I constantly feel nothing but appreciation for her kindness. It pushes me to be better and I truly want to make her happy. I am in no way accomplished and I still have many things to learn, but because I cherish this bond with her and her family, I will continue down my path as an artist with a higher sense of self-awareness and responsibility, while not forgetting to appreciate everything that you all have given me. I will not forget where I came from, and will work harder, in order to give back to all the people who have always supported me. Sincerely, EXILE AKIRA

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How they met

Lin Chiling and AKIRA met 8 years ago while performing as a couple in the “Red Cliff -Love-” musical. According to AKIRA, their friendship turned into something more last year and they started dating in 2018 for six months before deciding to get married. Lin Chiling had said, “We have been friends for many years. Time has allowed us to get closer. We started dating last year with the goal of getting married in mind.”

It’s reported they chose to get married on June 6 as this is the same day AKIRA joined EXILE 13 years ago. Even though Lin Chiling is Taiwanese, she knows Japanese as she had once promoted her career in Japan before. It’s said she communicates with AKIRA in Japanese end English with some simple Chinese thrown into the mix.

Jerry Yan sends his blessings

Sina Ent had contacted Jerry Yan’s manager, who told them he was filming in Beijing right now. However, he did reveal that when he told him about the news, Jerry Yan was first shocked and expressed, “Really?”. His manager confirmed it and Jerry gave his blessings and congratulated the couple. All this happening together is quite unexpected as Jerry Yan’s other model ex-girlfriend, Jessica Chang (張熙恩) had recently said “He loved Lin Chiling the most.” Once the marriage news got out, Jerry Yan’s name start trending on Weibo. Many netizens left comments such as “Why isn’t the groom Jerry Yan?”

Credit: Sina Ent, ETtoday (1, 2, 3) Apple Daily TW (1, 2), Lin Chi Ling Weibo

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