Singer Jane Zhang 'cheated' by fiance, mother says

By Zhang Rui
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Jane Zhang and her fiance Michael Feng.

Chinese pop singer Jane Zhang's marriage will not be blessed by her own mother, who claims her future son-in-law cheated her daughter for personal and financial gain.

Only days ago, it was revealed Zhang and her fiance Michael Feng, CEO of Show City Times that manages her, would be wed in Italy next month. The story was later confirmed by Zhang's studio and Feng himself.

However, the initial good publicity soon turned sour as the singer’s mother, Zhang Guiying, published an open letter on Sunday blasting Feng.

"Even though I am Zhang's mother, I only just learnt of the wedding through the media. I didn't know they were going to wed until family members and friends called me and told me about the news reports. Until now, I haven't heard a single word from my own daughter, " she wrote.

Zhang Guiying said Jane Zhang met Feng when she was 19. Some time later, Jane Zhang wanted to date Feng; however her mother warned he might not be trustworthy. It turned out Feng was married at that time to another woman, although he told Jane Zhang he had been divorced for three years.

The mother also blasted Feng for allegedly tampering with the shares she and her daughter owned in Show City Times. "At first, I had a 20 percent share and Feng only 10 percent. The remaining 70 percent belonged to Jane Zhang from April 2012 to September 2013.

“However, in July 2014, my share dropped to 5 percent, and Feng then had 60 percent share of the company, while my daughter only had 35 percent. In November 2014, my share dropped to zero and Feng became the majority shareholder of the company. These operations were made without my and Jane Zhang's knowledge. We never knew and we never signed any documents. "

The angry mother also said that after 13 years of observation, she believed Feng was not a decent person and has had many affairs outside his relationship with her daughter.

"I don't care about money. My only hope is that my daughter will have a happy life in the future. I don't think Feng loves my daughter; he just wants to control Jane Zhang's fortune and make my daughter his money making machine," she said.

A source who worked with Jane Zhang and Feng said the mother's concern is real. "Jane Zhang was too innocent, and put all her heart into her music; but Feng is a typical businessman, and he had completely controlled Zhang and forbids any male to go near her."

On Sunday, Feng posted a response online to explain that the couple had not officially announced the wedding plan and wanted to keep it low-key. The real situation was that press outlets had jumped the gun.

"I want to apologize to Jane Zhang's mother for involving her in such tabloid stuff," Feng said. "We had communicated with her about the wedding and Jane Zhang wished to adopt an approach of taking time and using sincerity and patience to gain her mother's blessing."

Feng also said a law firm had notarized his fortune, and after the marriage the company will be co-owned by him and Jane Zhang. He also made a will that will leave his entire estate to Jane Zhang if he died unexpectedly.

He added the changes in the company share structure was due to financing and development needs and no matter how much the proportion of the two, the company would belong to them as co-owned assets between husband and wife.

He also said he was in the midst of divorce proceedings when he began dating Jane Zhang, who later found out and left him. "But I loved her too much, so I didn't want to lose her," Feng said; after months of exchanges, the singer understood the situation and kept her relationship with him.

Jane Zhang made her romance dramatic in public eyes after years of keeping relationship low-profile. She made surprising public proposal at a concert in Changsha in July 2015 before thousands of fans, "I have thought it over. If you want to marry me, please come onstage." Feng then came on stage to hug Zhang.

Later in October, Feng made official proposal at a Zhang's concert in Chengdu.

"In my heart, I believe I cannot find a better girl than Jane Zhang, I will cherish her kindness and beauty for all my life," Feng wrote in his latest post, adding he will try his best to communicate with Jane Zhang's mother to gain her trust.

Zhang rose to fame after coming third in the first season of China's popular TV singing contest, "Super Girl," in 2005. She is known for her unique voice, with dolphin-like high vocals that led to her being called the "The Dolphin Princess."

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