Partial word formatting

Hello. I noticed that it seems like you can't format (in bold, italic or strikethrough) only a portion of a word. In fact, the formatting is only accepted if preceded by a space or if it is at the beginning of a message. If I write "he*llo*" it just stays like that, showing the asterisks. "*He*llo" works fine, instead – the "He" part gets correctly bolded.
Is this the intended behavior? Is there a way to achieve what I need (a bolded "llo" without spaces)?

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  1. OQ

    Don’t know if it should work like that, but I have the same, so it’s not an issue with your device. It’s in whatsapp

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