Shooting to fame as Lan Wangji in The Untamed <陳情令>, top-earning Chinese actor Wang Yibo (王一博) has not been spared from media scrutiny, and was recently entangled in the illiteracy controversy. Lately, a netizen even claimed to be pregnant with the star’s child – in a scandal that was quickly exposed by astute fans!
“Fan” Posts Fake Screenshots, Quickly Exposed
The netizen by the name of “(Hanhan) 晗晗qvq” first left a comment asking for help on beauty influencer Li En’s (李恩) Weibo, stating that she had sexual relations with Wang Yibo, but he left her high and dry after she got pregnant. When Li En asked for proof of her claims, the said netizen went on to share a screenshot of their supposed conversation, declaring, “It’s illegal to spread rumors, but I only hope the bad get what they deserve.”
Although Li En cautioned fans to be rational the scandalous matter rapidly drew great attention online. In prompt response, Wang Yibo’s management company Yuehua Entertainment issued a statement calling out the said netizen for causing reputational damage to the star, and requested her to delete all related contents. Ignoring the statement, 晗晗 qvq continued to upload suspected intimate photos and even a heavily pixelated pregnancy video.
Later, fans exposed that the screengrabs as fake and taken from dramas, while the real owner of the pregnancy footage, too, spoke up clarifying that she did not know who “晗晗qvq” was, and hoped everyone could help to report the account, which had misappropriated her content.
Forced to publicly apologize after being exposed, “晗晗qvq” expressed that she was merely trying to catch attention and did not expect that her original comment could cause such a huge reaction and eventually even spiral out of control. Writing “I sincerely apologize to Mr. Wang Yibo”, she claimed that she would delete her account.
Unconvinced, outraged fans called her out as a pseudo fan and proclaimed that they would not let her off lightly.