You’ve probably heard of the snowball effect. A small insignificant matter that builds into something much larger and often uncontrollable. For celebrities, this effect is a common one as it doesn’t take much to ruin someone’s reputation completely.
Boy band MIRROR member Edan Lui (呂爵安) has been dealing with allegations regarding his sexual life. Curiously enough, it all began with a simple throwaway comment on his ex-girlfriend’s post.
The 24-year-old previously was known for being a ‘good boy’. He graduated from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) with a Bachelor of Business Administration but later joined the entertainment scene. With a god gifted talent in both piano and violin and his dashing good looks, it’s unsurprising that he quickly rose to fame. However, his ex-girlfriend Stephanie recently revealed some surprising information about the Hong Kong artist.
Stephanie announced on her social media that she would be getting married. Amidst the congratulations, a netizen tagged Lui’s account, saying he would be happy for his ex-girlfriend. However, Stephanie was quick to retort, saying “It’s better to have self respect, than care about how others feel. After all, people who have affairs don’t care about how others feel.” This stunned netizens as she was clearly implying Lui had cheated on her when they were dating. When someone accused her of lying, Stephanie stated she would not stand for the provocation.
The simple comment resulted in an outbreak on the Internet. Netizens claiming to be Lui’s classmates admitted that he had cheated on Stephanie. Others stated Stephanie had suffered emotionally after breaking up with Lui and had only met her fiancé after that.
Additionally, Lui’s “college classmates” posted screenshots of Lui’s conversations that had explicit statements. These ranged from phrases like “I want to eat you” and “(I) want to grind down“. However, many felt that the screenshots needed to be investigated as they were not sure if the conversations were authentic. If it were true, then they felt this would have taken place before his debut.
Lui finally responded to the matter on 26th May. He addressed the issue via his social media, saying, “I know that my personal affairs and past relationships are being discussed. I don’t think I should make any clarifications or responses because I don’t want to affect anyone.” He then asked netizens to give those involved in the matter space and requested they stop harassing them. “I myself will continue to focus on my work,” he said as a parting remark. “Thank you, everyone.”
Stephanie later reposted his message and commented, “(Lui) has (said) what I wanted to say. In fact, they have started a new life. I don’t want anyone to mention it.” She also made it clear that she would delete messages that alluded to the matter in the future. Stephanie has since deleted her own comment.
Although netizens are still curious about the truth of the matter, it is clear that both Lui and Stephanie have put their past behind them. Hopefully, netizens can respect that and let the two settle their own differences.