Dating is never easy; even more so when you’re a celebrity. Your parents and friends won’t be the only one scrutinizing your love life, your fans will be weighing in as well!
Chinese-Canadian artist Kris Wu (吴亦凡) has been dealing with dating rumours over the last week. The ex-EXO member has allegedly had quite a week of dating and cheating on girls. However, Wu has denied everything.
The chaos started on 28th May when netizens claimed Wu had rented out a movie theater for a date. CCTV footage showed Wu and a woman entering and exiting the theater. Netizens assumed the woman was Chen Ziyi (陈紫怡), an internet celebrity. Chen supposedly dated “CHUANG 2019 (创造营2019)” trainee Ryan Ren (任世豪). However, Wu’s company later denied the rumours, saying he had in fact been hanging out with a group of his friends. Although they entered the theater one by one, Wu had not been on a date. Wu’s company also announced they would be taking legal action on those involved for infringing on Wu’s privacy. Additionally, they accused the rumour-starter of editing the CCTV footage.
It wasn’t long after the movie date fiasco that another rumour surfaced. This time, the rumour focused on an 18-year-old college student named Du Meizhu (都美竹). On 2nd June, a netizen claiming to be Du’s friend announced that Wu had dated her friend before. “She only told me about it because she was afraid of affecting Wu’s career development,” the friend said. She shared that the couple’s dating life had been going well until April. “I didn’t expect Wu to disappear suddenly in April,” she stated. “(Du) was depressed for a long time after, and was not in the mood to go to school.” She explained that Du had been “a sensible and well-behaved girl” until she started dating Wu. The friend also included screenshots of the couple’s conversations as evidence.
As the post made waves among netizens, another internet celebrity, Xiang Yunjie (象韵洁) was brought into the mess. Netizens argued that Xiang was seeing Wu, but she was quick to deny it. “The rumours are not credible. I am single, thank you,” she said bluntly. To further explain their relationship, Xiang made a post on Weibo. “We got to know each other as (friends), and not as some netizens have been insinuating,” she wrote. “In my opinion, (Wu) is just someone looking for love. There is no right or wrong in relationships.” Xiang also tagged the artist at the end of her post.
The following day, Du Meizhu herself spoke up to clarify the situation. First, she stated that her friends had not exposed Wu for clout. Du explained she realised Wu was cheating on her when she heard rumours about the movie theatre date. Her friends apparently could not sit and do nothing. As such, they tried defending her online. Du emphasised she had no interest in becoming popular, she hoped to continue her studies and have a normal dating life like other girls.
The artist’s company responded to the issues on 3rd June. They reposted a legal notice, which had been issued by a law firm and made their own statement on the matter. “Recently, there have been many users posting severely inaccurate comments. There are also people with ulterior motives that have maliciously photoshopped screenshots of chat records,” they said. “(This was done) to mislead the public, intentionally obscure the facts, defame Mr. Wu and bring about extremely bad effects.”
Wu himself also remarked on the dating rumours. “No snowflake is innocent,” he wrote on Weibo. “(I’ve) once again entertained everyone the entire day. Hope you guys got all you wanted.” As payment for the entertainment, the artist cheekily asked netizens to check out his song. “Thanks, the link is here,” he added.
Kris Wu has certainly had a busy week. His fans and netizens are seemingly more invested in his love life than he is! Hopefully he’ll have a quieter week in the future.