Chinese Star Wen Zhang Tweets Apology Over Affair, Smashes Social Media Records

Chinese actor Wen Zhang and actress Ma Yili
Chinese actor Wen Zhang and actress Ma Yili
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Chinese actor Wen Zhang has set a slew of social media records in China -- but they're probably not titles he's proud of.

On Monday, the actor posted a lengthy message on Weibo, China's twitter-like micro-blog site, apologizing to his wife, actress Ma Yili, and the public for having an affair with actress Yao Di, his co-star on popular Chinese TV show Naked Marriage.

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Within 10 hours, the post had attracted over 2.5 million comments and was retweeted more than 1 million times -- both new records for Weibo.

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"I have brought this upon myself. A mistake is a mistake. This has nothing to do with anyone else," Wen wrote. "Today, I am willing to accept all the consequences. I've let down Ma Yili and our children. My mistake does not deserve to be forgiven, and it will be difficult for me to make amends for all the harm I've caused. But I want to do it. I have to do it. This is what I'll do for the rest of my life."

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Shortly after, Ma, who is pregnant with the couple's second child, replied with a briefer and perhaps more eloquent message: "Being in love is easy, being married is not. It is to be cherished," she wrote

Her missive has garnered more than 650,000 retweets and nearly a million comments.

Wen is a rising star in China's movie industry. He appeared in Stephen Chow's 2013 box office smash hit Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, which grossed $204 million locally. He also co-starred opposite Jet Li in last year's police action hit Badges of Fury.  

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