China’s Badminton Superstar, Lin Dan, Admits to Cheating on Pregnant Wife

Chinese badminton world champion Lin Dan (林丹) shocked the nation after admitting to having an affair while his wife, badminton player Xie Xingfang (谢杏芳), was pregnant. Xie Xingfang gave birth to their son on November 5, 2016. The badminton couple dated for seven years before tying the knot in 2010.

Outrage broke out on China’s social media circle earlier this week when pictures of 33-year-old Lin Dan and a “mystery woman” surfaced online. The photos, which came from a clip shot by paparazzi, showed Lin Dan and the woman embracing each other by the window of their hotel room. Lin Dan touched her hips and the woman hugged his neck and shoulders. The video was reportedly shot last month in Guangzhou, when Lin Dan was participating in a badminton game.

Xie Xingfang and Lin Dan (left). Zhao Yaqi (right).

The mystery woman is speculated to be Chinese supermodel Zhao Yaqi (赵雅淇), who has competed in several beauty pageants over the years. Netizens went through Zhao Yaqi’s Sina Weibo account, and noticed that she had uploaded a picture of a badminton game on October 11, which matched the location.

The affair shook the entertainment industry. Many of Lin Dan’s friends in the circle have expressed their horror and surprise. Lin Dan lost a few sponsors and endorsers after the news broke.

After a day of silence, Lin Dan finally admitted to his infidelity on November 17, with a brief statement he posted on Weibo. He said, “As a man, I will not make any excuses for myself, but my actions have hurt my family. I want to use this opportunity here to apologize to them.”

Xie Xingfang Knew About His Affair

Reports say Lin Dan and Zhao Yaqi have been together for over half a year. In September, Lin Dan was photographed eating lunch with a mysterious woman. Some of the photographs included the woman linking arms with the badminton player. It was later reported that Lin Dan took the woman back home, and stayed with her for a while.

Last month, Lin Dan was photographed with a different woman, watching Eason Chan’s (陳奕迅) concert in Beijing.

According to several reports, Xie Xingfang knew about Lin Dan’s affair, but kept quiet about it, and stayed as his wife only by name. There were also rumors claiming that Xie Xingfang had always been a very overbearing wife.

However, Xie Xingfang put these speculations to rest on Friday, when she published her own statement on the account. She wrote on social media, “Our family will support a man who shoulders, learns, and changes from his mistakes. Thank you to friends and fans for your concerns. This family will sail together through the storm.”

Source: Oriental Daily, QQ

This article is written by Addy for


  1. Pride of China. He’s a laughing stock now. Can’t guys just keep their pants on? If wanna fool around, don’t get married! selfish prick

  2. To be fair, it’s hard being a celebrity of any kind. Ppl just throw themselves at you and you have to be able to resist temptation. Men are more prone to failure and worser at hiding their affairs.

    Moral of the story…don’t settle down till they know what they want.

  3. And now to save his ass of endorsement and sponsors, they have to act like lovely dovey husband and wife pairs. Whole family broken apart just because the husband cheat. THIS is call shouldering family burden? Can the wife release her burden by sleeping with another hot male model then?

  4. what a disgrace and disgusting cheater he is, and wtf the wife still standing beside him I guess people still blind by love nowaday… he suppose to be the pretty image for China, but now he garbage, yea cut off all those sponsor totally deserve it.

  5. leopard doesn’t change its spots. if he can cheat once, it’s hard to say he won’t do it again. come on, wife pregnant and he cheated. so if wife is busy looking after baby, won’t he have excuse to cheat again?

    1. @janet72

      Yup…totally agree.

      “As a man, I will not make excuses for myself, but my actions have hurt my family. I want to use this oppotunity here to apologize to them.” Does this also mean that he can continue to do mistakes as long as he don’t find excuses to cover his mistakes, and apologize to her wife thereafter? LOL…

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