Following a failed visit to their children, Taiwanese-American singer Leehom Wang’s (王力宏) and his estranged wife’s Lee Jinglei (李靚蕾) very public spat is again back in the limelight.
In yet another twist in the Lee Jinglei-Leehom Wang divorce saga, she has released evidence of the singer having hired internet trolls in attempts to turn the court of public opinion in his favour. This comes shortly after she faced a recent backlash, prompted by postings from a netizen who allegedly knows Leehom’s staff.
Barged Into Their Apartment with Three Men?
On January 12, Lee accused Wang of spooking them by visiting their children at their Taipei apartment with three men. According to her, he had barged in with his keys and also frightened the kids by banging on the door. The singer then retaliated on January 13 through a lawyer’s letter, in which he clarified that going to Lee’s home with company was at the legal firm’s suggestion, and that he felt that his estranged wife had already turned their divorce into a “fictitious, malicious attack”.
Hiring Internet Trolls for “Papa Wang’s Poem”
That same day, Lee Jinglei countered this on Instagram, as per how she had earlier exposed him, along with screenshots of “payment request forms” allegedly from Wang’s companies. She wrote that Leehom had hired internet trolls and bought social media likes, “You have bought troll army in the long term, on the forms are the signatures of your various workers, and also account details and proof of transaction, with all forms checked with final payment made by you, so do not push the blame onto your staff.”
Sharp netizens realized that one of the forms labeled “IG data” clearly stated “16 Jun arrangement + 20000 likes + 200 comments Fees 420 (Papa wang’s poem)”. The description coincided with the time Wang Leehom shared a new poem published by his father.
Fans quickly deciphered this and noted the expenditure stated was in renminbi (RMB), with likes and comments for the particular piece “Papa wang’s poem” charged at RMB420 (approx. USD$65).
They went back to Leehom’s sharing of his father’s poem and left piercing comments beneath, such as “The letter your dad wrote for you sucked”, “Successfully decoded”, “So expensive needs 420”.
Netizens Poke Fun at the “Modern Example of Filial Exemplar”
Even Taiwanese influencer Ili Cheng Chia-chun (鄭家純) joined in the fun and commented, “Helping to buy likes for papa’s poem, can be counted as a modern form of filial piety?” Her comment attracted more derisive comments, the likes of “how much does the entire family love their ‘face’?” and “Count it as one of modern-day 24 filial exemplars”.
Netizens also exposed yet another of Leehom’s secrets, where he allegedly spent RMB200 to buy online votes in a Weibo poll pitting Chinese singer Tan Weiwei’s (譚維維) version of a drama ending song against his. While Leehom won the virtual poll in the end, without the phantom votes he had bought, his 984 votes actually lost to her 1,167 votes. Since Lee Jinglei’s attacks on him, the ending duet has since been replaced with a version sang by Tan Weiwei herself, with Leehom’s name removed from the ending credits.