Sire Ma to Face the Public Before TVB Anniversary Awards
Currently on an involuntary hiatus as a result of her lesbian love scandal, Sire Ma (馬賽) will finally resurface this month before the TVB Anniversary Awards.
Sire’s squeaky clean image was blemished after her relationship with mainland Chinese film producer Wang Ziqi (汪子琦) was first exposed in early November. Local media revealed intimate photos taken during a summer vacation in Europe, and alleged that Ziqi had paid for Sire’s entire travel expenses, fueling speculations about a romantic relationship. Sire strongly denied these claims, saying that everything was taken out of context and that time will reveal the truth.
The next day, video footage of Sire and Ziqi’s passionate kiss made its rounds online. Their steamy rendezvous in Shanghai became solid proof that the two are definitely more than just friends. The public began to ruthlessly criticize Sire, calling her a liar and attacking her on Weibo. TVB executive Virginia Lok (樂易玲) stepped in and ordered Sire to take a two-month break while they make plans to salvage her reputation. Later, Laura Lee, a travel companion and Ziqi’s former girlfriend, openly called Sire a traitor, saying that she stole Ziqi before her very eyes. This latest allegation caused many to believe that Sire will be frozen by her company. She has also lost several endorsement deals as a result of her shocking scandal.
With a management contract still in place, TVB is testing to see if Sire is still a worthy investment. On December 4, Ms. Lok shared that she has met with an emotional Sire and her mother, and revealed plans for Sire to return to the public sometime this month to personally address questions regarding the scandal. “We talked about scheduling public appearances for her to meet everyone, but not a press conference. Since she is nominated for the Anniversary Awards, we will schedule her return as soon as possible.”
Ms. Lok emphasized once again that Sire is not being frozen, and that the company respects its artists’ private lives. “Any child can become willful and make mistakes. As long as she does not do evil or commit any crimes, we will give her a second chance.”
Source: Ming Pao
This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.