China Singer, 24, in Creepy Romance With Model, 12

Zhang Muyi and Akama Miki say they're in love, but is it a stunt?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2012 10:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – A gossip scandal has erupted in China around 24-year-old pop star Zhang Muyi and his declared love for 12-year-old Canadian model Akama Miki. Muyi and Akama have been flaunting their romance all over popular Chinese social media site Weibo, posting pictures and sending each other public messages on the Twitter-like service, ninemsn reports. Sample, from Akama to Muyi: "Wait until I'm old enough to marry you, and then I'm going to say 'I do.'"

Muyi's response? He "simply can't wait for these next four birthdays of yours to pass, I'm counting down each one." Thousands of Weibo users have weighed in on the romance, some deriding it as "unnatural" and others declaring their support. Still others think the whole thing is nothing more than a publicity stunt, and it could well be: The two are collaborating on a few music projects at the moment.

My Take on This Story