‘Handsome’ Philip May goes down a storm with admirers in China
Users of one leading social media platform swooned over the PM's husband.
Theresa May’s husband is perhaps best-known in the UK for his not-so-scintillating revelation on the BBC’s One Show that he takes the bins out.
After Philip May appeared on the show with his wife last year, one columnist noted that “he seemed to be able to don a mantle of such extreme ordinariness that he might as well not have been there”.
But there are no such preconceptions in China, where the prime minister is embarking on a three-day trade mission accompanied by her other half.
Hence, two Chinese media outlets have lauded Philip May in extensive biographies clocked by the BBC Monitoring service. It reports:
The Xinhua News Agency says "like most female leaders' spouses, the 'First Gentleman' is known for his modesty," and popular news website The Paper notes that he is "very low-key, stays away from the media and the public eye".
And it doesn’t stop there. The BBC team also noted that users of the popular Sina Weibo social media platform have commented that he is "a very handsome gentleman".
Meanwhile a video on Sina Weibo shows students explaining why they are fans of “Auntie May”, with one of them praising her for "having a good sense of fashion”.
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