Six years after Chinese pop star Zhang Muyi (1987) publicly declared his love for the then 12-year-old music pupil Miki Akama (2000), the two have now announced their wedding on Weibo.
Although some say their love is meant-to-be, others say it is a case of pedophilia.n 2012, it made international headlines when the then 24-year-old Chinese popstar Zhang Muyi publicly declared his love for 12-year-old Canada-born model Miki Akama.
The two met when Zhang Muyi was hired to be Miki’s music coach when she was only 8 years old.
In 2012, Muyi wrote on Weibo that he “simply couldn’t wait” for Miki’s next four birthdays to pass, saying he was “counting down each one.”At the time, the 12-year-old Miki, whose mother is Chinese/German and whose father is Japanese, had already built up a fanbase of 500,000 followers on Weibo.
She replied to Zhang, saying: “Wait until I’m old enough to marry you, and then I’m going to say “I do”.’Six years later, the now 30-year-old Zhang Muyi (@张木易, 1.4 million followers on Weibo), and the 17-year-old Miki Akama (@张千巽, 1.8 million Weibo fans) have announced their wedding through social media.
On April 4, Zhang wrote on Weibo: “You’ve made me see the most beautiful picture in this world,” adding a photo of a wedding dress.
Miki responded to the post, writing: “You make me as beautiful as I can be.”He later added: “We are indeed preparing for our wedding in all kinds of ways.
The couple became one of the most-searched hot topics on social media in China on April 6, and the hashtag “Zhang Muyi and Miki Akama Getting Married” (#张木易张千巽结婚#) received more than 85 million views by Friday.Although there are many netizens who wish the couple a happy life and find their story romantic, there are also many opponents who think the base of the couple’s relationship is unhealthy.Weibo account @Love Matters (an account affiliated to RNW Media) writes:“In most parts of the world, it is hard to give blessing to a relationship between a teacher and their student.The fundamental reason for this is that there is an unequal power relation between teachers and students, which makes it difficult to speak of an equal and truly harmonious connection between two people.Let alone if one of the two persons is underage; this further intensifies the unequal relationship in terms of knowledge and experience.Let’s not even focus on whether or not this is pedophilia.”“We should discuss this from the angle of pedophilia,” one netizen responds: “Because even though it is now disguised as ‘romantic love’, its base still essentially is the relationship between an adult and an 8-year-old girl.”Many others also say that this a “white-washing of pedophilia,” with some expressing that it makes them “feel like vomiting.”In response to the controversy, Miki addressed their engagement on Weibo in a lengthy blog post.