(Then and Now)
Within two days of their wedding announcement on social media, the post had received over 20,000 comments & 18,000 shares. They'd also become the most-searched names on China’s local search engine. Best wishes swarmed in, mostly from girls, saying that they were “meant to be together”, “cutest couple ever”, “true love.” Classic comments include “Okay, you guys make me believe that true love does exist” or “Wow, the reason I'm single is because my future wife is still in kindergarten!”
Angry at some people calling their relationship “pedophilia,” Miki wrote:
There are people who are changing our story and are using the fact that I was 8 years old, and in doing so, are harming us and our loved ones. When I was 8, I met Muyi and he was my music teacher, teaching me how to sing and teaching me self-confidence.
By the time I was 12, many of my friends with the same age as me had started reaching puberty and I also started to think about who I liked. I could talk to Muyi about everything. He said that when I would reach the age of dating, he would help me check them out. He said he would not let me date bad guys, because it is very easy for people to get hurt.
Looking back now, Muyi was also young at that time, so I told him that if he did not want me to get hurt in the future, he should just marry me. At the time we were just joking around. With that uncomplicated promise, I grew up with him on my side.
So, what's your opinion of Muyi Zhang, Akami Miki, and this whole sordid affair?