When Qiuyan and Jet Li were filming Martial Arts of Shaolin , Jet broke his leg on set and spent a long time in recovery before resuming filming. During this time, Qiuyan dropped everything and took care of Jet at the hospital, offering her support. Touched by her loyalty, Jet proposed to Qiuyan and the couple registered for marriage in 1987 without a fancy ceremony and the presence their parents.
Although Qiuyan and Jet Li grew up together and have two daughters, Jet was unhappy with their marriage. After meeting beauty queen Nina Li (利智), Jet Li broke up with Qiuyan over the phone, telling her that their relationship was not true love.
Heartbroken, Qiuyan eventually agreed to the divorce. Jet decided to give the majority of his assets and savings to Qiuyan.