Things aren’t looking good for Hong Kong artist Alan Tam (譚詠麟). The 71-year-old singer is in hot water after a netizen accused him of sleeping with his girlfriend. The news brought mixed reactions, some believed it while others remained skeptical.
Alan and his agency responded to the news yesterday (24th November), hoping to calm things down. It had the unfortunate effect of further escalating the situation. The netizen who made the accusations released further proof that it was Alan and this has changed a few more minds.
Weibo was in an uproar on 23rd November when a user, “Sad Beef Noodle_ (悲伤牛肉面_)”, stepped forward with his allegations against the singer. Mr. Noodle claimed Alan was sleeping with his 23-year-old girlfriend and included a photo of a man’s back, indirectly claiming it was Alan. Although some believed the user’s story, others felt they required more conclusive proof.
Yesterday, Alan’s agency issued a response to the matter. “The company and Mr. Tam strongly condemn and deny the incident,” the notice read. The agency also addressed the other allegations and stated Alan does respect his fans and adopts appropriate laws. Additionally, the notice stated they will take action against those who misuse the media to paint others in a bad light.
After the statement was issued, Mr. Noodle retaliated by releasing more proof. He posted a photo of a man taking off his pants and included a screenshot of a WeChat conversation. There weren’t any messages however, only call logs. According to Mr. Noodle, it’s because all other messages had been deleted. “Let (your fans) see if this is artist Alan Tam’s WeChat?” he challenged.
As for the photo, Mr. Noodle clarified that it had been taken from December last year. “I’m telling you not to irritate or find capital to mess with me,” he warned. “This is a legal society now, not Hong Kong decades ago. As long as you dare to (deny) it once, I will (retaliate) once!”
With the new evidence, a few have been swayed. Some fans have pointed out that they have seen the outfit before. Photographs show that Alan wore a similar outfit in October last year. Additionally, others have observed that the man is wearing a particular brand of sneakers which Alan is known to love. So, they are fairly certain the man in the photo is indeed Alan Tam.
Mr. Noodle is certainly vicious in getting back at the artist. And with his latest evidence, it seems the tides have turned for Alan. There are rumours that Mr. Noodle has conclusive proof, however, he has not released it. His reason for not doing so remain known to him alone.
A few have advised the two groups to take the matter to the police rather than hashing it out on social media. However, neither have responded to the advice, nor are there rumours that they will. Only time will tell how this incident will end for Mr. Tam.