The Canadian actor gained a legion of new fans after starring in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which might be why some of his more enamored fans are wondering if Simu Liu has a wife or girlfriend. The former stuntman certainly impressed in the Marvel film, so it’s no wonder that people want to know what’s going on in Liu’s love life.
Is Liu Married?
First and foremost, Simu Liu does not have a wife. The actor is still a bachelor, though there’s certainly evidence that he’s dated a bit, including a fellow actress who also appeared on Kim’s Convenience. According to every publicly available record, Liu has never been married.
Does Liu Currently Have A Girlfriend?
Simu Liu’s most recent romance was with Senior Year actress Jade Bender. The pair first sparked dating rumors when they were spotted on a dinner date in June 2022. Later the same month, People reported that Bender accompanied Liu to a Jimmy Kimmel Live! taping. The couple made their red carpet debut, seemingly confirming their relationship, at the 2022 ESPY Awards.
After going public, the two lovebirds seemed inseparable. They attended Comic-Con together in July 2022, and they arrived at the premiere of Bullet Train hand in hand. It also appears they’ve known each other for a while; according to People, they were photographed together at the Unforgettable Gala in 2019.
Sadly, the relationship seems to have run its course. According to SFGATE, Liu confirmed that he had recently ended a relationship while speaking at San Francisco tech conference Dreamforce in September 2022. While answering a question about his mental health, he explained, “I experienced moments where I’m living my dream and it didn’t quite feel like I was where I needed to be with myself. I’m also going through a breakup. That’s probably also contributing to it but that’s ok, I’ll be okay.”
Hopefully Liu is taking the time he needs to prioritize his mental health in the midst of heartbreak. We’re sure he’ll find his special someone when the time is right.
Who Has Liu Previously Dated?
The last woman publicly linked to Liu before Bender was fellow actress Tina Jung, who appeared in two episodes of Kim’s Convenience as Jeanie Park. It’s unknown when the two allegedly began dating, but it’s of note that Jung’s two appearances on the comedy took place in 2016, so we know that they’ve at least known each other for that long.
What we do know is that the two often spent time together with their respective dogs. Liu was the proud dog dad of a beautiful Alaskan Malamute named Barkley, while Jung has an adorable corgi named Maple. The last time the two pups were photographed together was in 2018. Sadly, it would appear that Barkley passed away in late 2019. Liu grieved his passing fiercely, but soon found another pup to spoil in his new dog, a sweet stray he found abroad that he named Chopa.
Liu’s Mystery Woman
After Jung, our biggest clue as to Liu’s relationship status came from his new dog’s Instagram account. In a few of the photos, a black pug accompanies Chopa on various adventures. Liu briefly mentioned that he had a girlfriend in an April 2021 interview, but he kept any identifying details about his new lady love to himself. He did reveal the name of her dog, Dutch, which might be the name of the anonymous little pug that popped up in Chopa’s Instagram photos. The last time Chopa and the pug were pictured together was on October 4, 2021.
We can assume that this relationship began sometime in 2020 or thereafter, thanks to an anecdote Liu shared with Vanity Fair about his time filming Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which began filming in February of that year.
It was a bit of an embarrassing story, but Liu had no problem fessing up to his slightly less than stellar flirtation attempt. “There was a cute girl on the crew that I was trying to impress during a very elaborate stunt,” Liu recalled. He added, “I winked at her and, when I started running, proceeded to lose my balance, fall, banged my knee, and ended up sprawled out 12 feet in the air.”
Probably not the best way to impress a potential love interest, but hey. Maybe it worked. Who are we to claim his powers of seduction don’t work wonders?