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TICKER: Outrage: Chinese pop star, 24, dating Canadian child model aged 12 – See (awkward) Photos

Love affairs between musicians and models are a common occurrence in the showbiz world.

But 24-year-old Chinese pop star Zhang Muyi has caused controversy after publicly declaring his love for a baby-faced model who is just 12-years-old.

Despite the fact that Canada-based Akama Miki is not yet in her teens, the pair have exchanged romantic messages on Sina Weibo, a Chinese social networking site.

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Relationship: Pop star Zhang Muyi (left), 24, declared his feelings for 12-year-old Akama Miki (right) on a Chinese social networking siteRelationship: Pop star Zhang Muyi (left), 24, declared his feelings for 12-year-old Akama Miki (right) on a Chinese social networking site

Shortly after she turned 12 Miki, who has 500,000 followers on the site, wrote on the pop star’s page: ‘Wait until I’m old enough to marry you, and then I’m going to say “I do”.’
Muyi, who is said to have been hired as the model’s music coach when she was eight-years-old, replied: ‘I simply can’t wait for these next four birthdays of yours to pass, I’m counting down each one.’
Zhang Muyi and 12-year-old Akama Miki
Akama Miki and Zhang Muyi

‘Couple’: Child model Miki and her 24-year-old music coach regularly post photographs of themselves together on Weibo – a Chinese social networking site

Controversial: Shortly after her 12th birthday Akama Miki wrote online about saying 'I do' to the pop star when she is 'old enough'Controversial: Shortly after her 12th birthday Akama Miki wrote online about saying ‘I do’ to the pop star when she is ‘old enough’

Lessons: Pop star Zhang Muyi has reportedly been Akama Miki's music coach since she was eight-years-old

The pair have recorded duets, appeared together in music videos, and regularly post photos of themselves online.

As speculation surrounding Miki and Muyi’s relationship grew following their posts on Weibo the pair began trending on Twitter, with some commentators branding the rumoured romance ‘gross’, while others dismissed it as a publicity stunt.

The furore prompted singer Muyi to write this response on his Weibo page: ‘There’s nothing we can do about this, nor do we feel the need to prove anything to these people.

‘All we can do is continue to persevere with our love, our life, and being together.’

Controversy: Model Akama Miki, 12, left, is seen with 24-year-old rumoured boyfriend Zhang Muyi, right, in a music video for a duet recorded by the pairCollaboration: Model Akama Miki, 12, left, is seen with 24-year-old rumoured boyfriend Zhang Muyi, right, in a music video for a duet recorded by the pair

 

Publicity stunt? 'All we can do is persevere with our love, our life, and being together' 24-year-old Zhang Muyi has said

 

Pre-teen: The 12-year-old model has been receiving music lessons from Zhang Muyi since she was eight-years-old

 

'Romance': Model Akama Miki and pop star Zhang Muyi have recorded duets

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  1. IT' A PUBLICITY STUNT. AS LONG AS HE DOES NOT DO ANYTHING INAPPROPRIATE, IT WILL REMAIN A PUBLICITY STUNT.

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