Above: Roy Chiu and Tiffany Tang acted as onscreen lovers in “Waking Up Love”.
After collaborating in three idol dramas in 2011, Taiwanese actor Roy Chiu (邱澤) and mainland Chinese actress Tiffany Tang (唐嫣) set off speculations that they had become an item. The rumor gained momentum when Roy taped a picture of Tiffany in his race car in March 2012, calling her his good luck charm. However, Roy recently announced that he was single and had not seen Tiffany in seven months. In response, an outraged netizen claiming to be Tiffany’s assistant posted a private photograph of the two and scolded Roy for spreading lies, causing both Roy and his manager to publicly confirm that the relationship had come to an end.
Last year, rumors of a breakup arose when it was reported that Tiffany’s mother was unsatisfied with Roy’s inferior educational background and that Tiffany had transferred her affections to her costar Luo Jin (羅晉). Although Tiffany scoffed at these claims, reporters showed no signs of relenting. Earlier this month, Taiwanese actress/model Tia Li (李毓芬) was spotted visiting Roy on the set of his upcoming drama Wine Beauty <紅酒俏佳人>, leading many to believe that the two are now in a relationship. At a recent promotional event in Taiwan, Roy denied this allegation but did confirm that he was single and added that he and Tiffany had not seen each other in seven months.
Private Photo Exposed
Displeased by this statement, a netizen claiming to be Tiffany’s assistant lashed out at Roy on Sina Weibo. Spitting profanities and criticisms, this netizen even went so far as to tell Roy that he “was not a man” because Tiffany had endured much slandering on his behalf, yet Roy insisted on keeping the relationship quiet, out of fear of losing fans. The netizen challenged that the relationship had not ended seven months ago, as Tiffany had celebrated Roy’s birthday in October.
The netizen appended this vitriolic outburst with a private photograph of Roy and Tiffany. In the picture, Tiffany was not wearing makeup, and her bangs were clipped back. She also appeared to be wearing a men’s shirt, causing some netizens to ask if the photograph was taken at Roy’s house.
The Weibo post was taken down soon afterward, but not before arousing a great deal of discussion. In the end, Roy also took to Weibo to respond: “To me, love is not a performance. Forgive me for not being able to make it public. Even if you no longer have any feelings toward those beautiful memories, I will still choose to believe that they existed. As for love, I have not let anyone down. I will humbly accept all derision and criticism. Thank you for your attention and blessings, thank you.”
In an interview, Roy’s manager Liao Tianjun (廖天駿) confirmed that Roy and Tiffany had ended their relationship three months ago, adding that the breakup was due to their inability to maintain a long-distance relationship. Liao found the Weibo post suspicious: “In the entire world, only one person should have access to this photo. How could an assistant have posted it on Weibo?”
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