If you’re a fan of GOT7’s Jackson Wang (王嘉尔, 왕잭슨), you’ll know he was touring Southeast Asia recently. Jackson visited Thailand and Singapore, and is in fact, scheduled to perform in Malaysia in September!
While it’s always fun to see your idols perform, meeting them unexpectedly in public is even better. This lucky Singaporean netizen bumped into Jackson while at the gym! Unfortunately, some netizens left comments criticising his appearance and others rose up to defend him.
A female netizen announced her good luck on Xiao Hong Shu (小红书) yesterday (8th August). Apparently, she had been waiting until Jackson had left Singapore before posting it. “As soon as I entered they gym, I wondered if my eyes were (wrong),” she said. “(Jackson) looked at me and (I) looked at him for a few seconds before (he) continued (running) on the treadmill.”
She claimed she became sure it was him after hearing others call him “Jackson”. As such, the netizen politely waited until Jackson was done exercising before asking him if he could take some photos with her. “(He) took a lot of selfies with my phone and said a few words (to me), (he was) so friendly,” she shared. The netizen added that Jackson continued working out even after she left. “There’s a reason why he looks good,” she commented. “Oh yeah, (he even said) bye to me!”
Needless to say, fans were envious of her luck. “(Jackson) is really (nice!) I’m jealous you ran into him by chance!” one said. However, a few comments were quick to point out that Jackson’s face looked swollen and there were bags under his eyes. “Why does he look like he has lost weight?” a comment read. “I still prefer his looks when he was starting out.” Some supposedly said he looks ugly.
But, many were equally quick to defend Jackson. Several pointed out that Jackson has been very busy and was likely tired. “Celebrities are human too,” a netizen said. “Besides, he’s a singer, not an actor.” Others admitted that the swelling might be due to him being in Singapore. “The humidity in Singapore is high,” one pointed out, to some agreement. A few staunchly claimed Jackson was still handsome even without makeup.
Well, Jackson is clearly loved by his fans, makeup or no! It’s certainly heart-warming to know that they have his back. While many more are probably hoping to run into Jackson like this lucky netizen, we sincerely hope they will prioritize his space and privacy first! After all, as one comment said, “Celebrities are human too.”