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Michelle Yeoh Announces She’s a Grandma!

Michelle Yeoh is sharing some sweet personal news – she’s a grandma!

The award-winning actor made the announcement on her Instagram page on New Year’s Day, posting a photo of her hand gently touching her grandchild’s foot.

“A little miracle on the first day of 2024. We are so truly blessed,” she captioned the image. “Can’t tell u how happy I am for this very, very special bundle of joy.”

In a separate post, she describes herself and husband, racing executive Jean Totd, as “the happiest and proudest Grandparents!!”

Jean’s son Nicolas and his wife Darina welcomed baby Maxime this week. No further details about their sweet bundle of joy has been shared at this stage.


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Michelle and Jean have been together for almost two decades. Last year, the actor announced they tied the knot after a 19-year engagement! Their friend, Brazilian racer Felipe Massa, posted a photo on social media of a card sharing the couple’s love story after attending their wedding:

“We met in Shanghai on 4th June 2004,” the card begins.

“On 26th July 2004, J.T proposed to marry M.Y and she said YES! Today, after 6992 days, on 27th July 2023 in Geneva, surrounded by loving family and friends, we are so happy to celebrate this special moment together.”

So, just to be clear, they got engaged within two months of meeting and tied the knot 19 years later!

In a 2019 interview with The Financial Times, Jean described their relationship as a “fairytale”, revealing he was taught by his friend how to text Michelle so he could connect with her – that friend being the legendary Michael Schumacher! And in an interview with You magazine in 2018, Michelle explained how they had wanted to get married for years, but they were both just too busy: “It’s got to the stage where we say: ‘Bring out your schedule. When do you have time off?’”

It’s been a huge 12 months for Michelle both personally and professionally. In 2023, she made history when she became the first woman who openly identifies as Asian to win an Oscar for Best Actress. The Malaysian-born star was recognised for her role as Evelyn Wang in Everything, Everywhere All At Once. (There have been nominees and winners of Asian ancestry in the past including Merle Oberon and Vivien Leigh, however they never made their backgrounds public.) And in October last year, it was announced that Michelle had been elected to the International Olympic Committee. 

“I promise to fight against all forms of discrimination and dedicate myself in all circumstances to promote the interests of the International Olympic Committee and Olympic Movement,” she said at the time.

(Feature Image Credit: Ovidiu Hrubaru/Shutterstock.com)

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.