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Lau announces wedding, at last

IT'S official - Hong Kong acting and singing star Andy Lau is married to long-time lover Carol Chu, a former beauty queen from Malaysia.

However, the timing and venue of the ceremony came as a surprise to his legions of fans. It happened more than a year ago in the United States.

Lau said he did not formally announce the marriage because he wanted to protect his wife as they tried to have a baby.

Lau said in a brief message on his official Website late on Saturday that they married in the US because they wanted a child by artificial insemination, a procedure authorized only for married couples in Hong Kong.

"I was afraid that if I announced the marriage, she would be stalked by reporters, so I made a selfish decision," he said.

"I thought if things go well, I would tell everyone when the baby is stable, but instead I made things more complicated."

Public marriage records made available online by the Clark County Recorder's Office in Nevada show that Lau and Chu wed on June 24, 2008.

Speculation about Lau's personal life has dominated the entertainment pages of Chinese-language newspapers after he was spotted at Hong Kong's international airport last Tuesday with Chu, after they returned from the funeral of Chu's father in Kuala Lumpur.

Lau, 47, is the star of films like "Infernal Affairs" and "House of Flying Daggers" and has appeared in more than 100 movies since his debut in 1982.

Lau and Chu have tried in vain to keep their relationship a secret for 24 years. Amazingly, the media had not managed to publish a single photo of them together until this year. They were finally snapped having lunch in February.

Lau had repeatedly denied his relationship with Chu and even said that he would announce to the public when he decided to get married.

The couple finally went public on Tuesday after attending the funeral in Malaysia. Both were dressed in mourning white and were wearing face masks.

Media reports said Lau had promised the Chu family to marry her according to Chinese tradition to honor the Chu patriarch's dying wishes. According to Chinese lore, offspring must marry within 100 days after a parent's death, or they have to wait another three years.


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