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'Every single woman but one voted against me'

A high school dropout who became a successful entrepreneur is dating a woman he met this April on "If You Are the One."

Gao Minjun, a 26-year-old Shanghai native, is now dating 25-year-old Mengna Liya, an accountant from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and now based in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province.

Gao's life has had a lot of twists and turns. Since dropping out of school, he has been a restaurant waiter, a street vendor, a pet shop assistant, a convenience store manager, among other things.

Now he claims to own a fashion brand in Shanghai with almost 100 employees and an annual sales volume of around 10 million yuan (US$1.47 million).

Gao survived several voting rounds but despite his claim to money wasn't highly popular.

"All the girls turned off their lights, except Mengna, and she wasn't my first choice," Gao says. "But I said 'why not give it a try'?"

If after three rounds all the judges turn their lights off, the gent leaves the game. If some lights are on, then he gets to choose a date from among them.

"Things between us are going quite well now and I'm beginning to think of something serious, like getting married," Gao says.

They communicate mainly by phone and SMS.

"I was really touched by a message she sent me early one morning, reminding me to have breakfast," he recalls.

"I just want to find a girl who can understand me and support me," he says. "She doesn't need to be pretty or make good meals or wash dishes, but we should share some things in common and give mutual encouragement."

His colleagues applied to the show on his behalf and told him just a week before the program was to be filmed.

"They thought I had been working too hard and need a good girl to take care of me."

Gao denies the program (at least his part) was manipulated and says there was no script.

"What I said on the show is 100 percent, absolutely true," he says.

He says the women who insist they only want men with money and talk about "crying in a BMW" are just trying to get famous.

"But from another angle, these girls are telling part of the truth, which many young girls are thinking but afraid to say openly," he says.


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