Fan was livid over a May newspaper report that she had started dating a man more than twice her age and was preparing to marry him. The reporter behind the story claimed it was based on inside information. Both sides agreed to mediation after the hearing. Fan's agent said she would lower the compensation figure, if the newspaper apologises.
Rumours have been swirling around Wang and Fan since they starred together in war epic Wheat (2009). The rumours kicked into high gear after Wang divorced his wife last year. Then, the Chengdu Evening News claimed that the pair were living together, which they both denied. Still, rumours of the "old mutton-young lamb" romance persist.