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A Love Story Reborn: China’s Transgender Star Remarries German Ex After 18 Years

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News has surfaced that China’s first transgender dancer has remarried her German ex-husband after 18 years.

South China Morning Post

On the 7th (local time), the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported, “Jin Xing (56), originally from Liaoning Province in northeastern China, announced on social media last month that she had remarried her German ex-husband, whom she had divorced 18 years ago.”

Jin Xing is a famous transgender woman with 14 million followers on Weibo. Once a highly anticipated dancer, she became the first officially recognized transgender person in China after undergoing gender reassignment surgery at a hospital in Beijing in April 1995.

During the surgery, a nurse’s mistake caused medical equipment to compress her left leg for 16 hours, resulting in paralysis. Despite this, she successfully rehabilitated within a year and made appearances on stage as a transgender woman.

In February 2004, on a flight from Paris to Shanghai, Jin Xing met a German man named Heinz Gerd Oidtmann. Oidtmann fell in love with Jin Xing at first sight, and she confessed to him that she had once been a man. She also revealed that she was raising two adopted sons and a daughter.

After revealing everything, Jin Xing expected her relationship with Oidtmann to end. However, Oidtmann accepted Jin Xing as she was. The two married in 2005, and Oidtmann immigrated to China to be with Jin Xing.

Nevertheless, they divorced after just one year of marriage. They did this to resolve issues with their children’s household registration and to avoid interfering with their eldest son’s studies. As a foreigner, Oidtmann had to wait a year to qualify for international adoption.

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It is known that the two continued to co-parent even after their divorce. Then, on Oidtmann’s birthday last month, Jin Xing officially announced on Weibo that they had secretly remarried in 2018.

On social media, Jin Xing said, “Forced to divorce in 2006 for the children, we remarried after 18 years, witnessing our journey of love and responsibility.”

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