Michelle Yeoh and her long-time partner, motor-racing executive Jean Totd are married!
And yes, I really do mean long-time – 19 whole years in fact!
The news was confirmed by the couple’s friend, Brazilian racing driver Felipe Massa, who announced the union on social media. Felipe not only wished the pair a “happy marriage” but also shared some snaps from their special day including a sweet card which revealed Michelle and Jean’s love story:
“We met in Shanghai on 4th June 2004,” the card begins featuring a photo of the couple.
“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 almost two decades later!
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In a 2019 interview with The Financial Times, Jean who is the former CEO of Ferrari, described their relationship as a “fairytale”, revealing he was taught by his friend how to text message 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, 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?’ But he is very romantic. A couple of months ago, he said, ‘Do you know, this is our 5,000th day together?’ And I said, ‘You count the days?’ And he said, ‘The minutes , too.'”
The couple does not have any children together, but Jean does have an adult son, Nicholas Totd, from a previous marriage.
Michelle made history this year 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. (To be clear, 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.)
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