Badminton superstar Lin Dan (林丹) recently came under fire when juicy photos of his extramarital affair spread rapidly over the internet.
Since then, the Chinese shuttler has issued a public apology on his Weibo account. Just recently, Lin Dan’s alleged mistress Zhao Yaqi held a press conference to apologise to those affected by the cheating scandal and also to dismiss accusations that she cheated with the Olympic champion for monetary gain.
“My behaviour has brought bad influence to society. My family members have also come under immense pressure due to my conduct. I could not forgive myself over this. Previously, I never thought that my actions could hurt others. I chose to evade the incident that happened over the past week as I was scared, guilty and did not know how to face it,” said Zhao Yaqi.
“It was until when I saw all the criticisms and gossips online that I felt silence would cause further damage. I do not want those who are innocent in this incident to be hurt,” the Chinese model and actress was quoted as saying during the conference.
Zhao Yaqi also denied that there were any financial gain from her affair with Lin Dan. “I didn’t not seek any financial advantage from Lin Dan. Rumours about him buying me luxury cars, and house were not true at all,” the former beauty queen continued.
“No one would stir up this type of drama to get famous. I only have 1 manager, not a team, I’m certainly not able to orchestrate this whole thing at a large scale,” she added.
Despite the heartbreaking infidelity news, Lin Dan’s wife, Cindy Xie Xingfang took to her Weibo account to upload a family picture of the couple holding their newborn son’s hand, announcing that she will continue to stand by her husband’s side.
“Our family will support this man who takes responsibilities for his actions and is willing to correct his mistakes. I thank friends and fans for your concern. Our family will weather this storm together,” she wrote.
Lin Dan and Xie Xingfang were married in Guangzhou, China in December 2010 after 7 years of dating.