She’s back: Chinese star Fan Bingbing re-emerges after tax scandal

Lawrence Kim
April 26, 2019

The Chinese megastar Fan Bingbing has appeared in public for the first time in nearly a year, after a mysterious disappearance from the public eye believed to be linked to charges of tax evasion.

Instead, Fan who is famous in China for her glowing and wrinkle-free skin has started to promote her own beauty brand "Fan Beauty Secret" on Weibo as well as YouTube.

Fan's case was seen as a warning from President Xi Jinping to other celebrities not to cheat on tax. She stopped posting on all social media accounts around the same time.

Fan's high-profile reappearance Monday follows reports that she would soon return to the big screen alongside Hollywood stars Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong'o, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard.

The all-female spy thriller titled "355" is set to begin shooting later this year, reported Variety earlier this month, after Fan's scandal last year temporarily cast doubt over the future of the film.

Fan's disappearance from social media and public appearances, perplexed the world previous year, sparking rumours she had fled China, was in prison or was under house arrest amid rumours of possible wrongdoing.

In October, authorities ordered her to pay 883 million yuan in back taxes, fines and penalties as part of a wider crackdown on the entertainment industry. Chinese authorities at the time banned all search terms related to the actress.

She also apologised to China's Communist Party and her almost 63 million fans on China's popular Weibo social media platform. It is Fan's second Instagram post since 23 May 2018, after a post in February in honour of Chinese New Year.

'Without the Party and country's good policies, without the loving attention of the masses, there would be no Fan Bingbing, ' she wrote to her followers.

She was spotted by paparazzi for the first time after her tax scandal on October 15 previous year.

Fan disappeared from public life in July, when she was placed under house arrest, sparking endless speculation about her situation.

She has a brother 19 years her junior who is also an actor.

Fan, who is one of China's most highly-paid actresses, was previously a red carpet regular and starred in scores of global movies, including "X-Men: Days of the Future Past".

She was China's richest celebrity and one of the highest-paid actresses in the world. No criminal charges were filed and the actress posted an apology on Chinese social media app Weibo.

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