Date
19 October 2017
The marriage of Ge Tian and Liu Xiang lasted less than 10 months. Photo: China Daily
The marriage of Ge Tian and Liu Xiang lasted less than 10 months. Photo: China Daily

Netizens stunned as hurdler Liu Xiang announces divorce

Chinese netizens have been shocked by retired star hurdler Liu Xiang’s announcement of the end of his 290-day marriage to actress Ge Tian.

Liu gave incompatibility as the reason the couple had divorced, China Daily reported. 

“Ge and I fell in love in May 2014 and got married in September,” Liu said in a brief statement on his Weibo account Thursday.

“We decided to end the marriage today owing to our incompatible personalities. We wish each other a better life from now on.”

The announcement was forwarded more than 60,000 times online, and more than 70,000 users left comments in the first hour.

“It feels like yesterday when you got married,” Weibo user @Yixinxiangfanf wrote, calling for people to be more prudent about marriage.

@KFEEE lamented that divorce had become as easy and common as shopping.

However, many of Liu’s supporters said they respect the couple’s decision and wish the pair better lives in future.

Speculation that the marriage was in trouble ran high when Liu announced his retirement on May 17 at a stadium in Shanghai without mentioning his wife in his speech.

Ge was recently embroiled in controversy after a Chinese television drama she starred in was pulled off the air following a public outcry over a scene in which a hidden grenade is pulled from her character’s crotch by her lover, AP reported.

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