The 16-year-old Taiwanese K-pop singer has seen her fame climb to stratospheric heights after being caught up in a scandal over the waving of a Taiwanese flag on a Korean reality show.
Tzuyu, member of the multinational K-pop group Twice, had her appearances in China cancelled after fellow Taiwanese artist Huang An drew attention to the segment on television and accused her of promoting independence ahead of the island’s general election.
Yonhap reports that in the wake of the controversy, Tzuyu is expected to earn far in excess of the $1.6 million she has already earned so far in her entertainment career.
More than 90 per cent of respondents who took part in a poll on South Korean website Nate said “she had no reason to apologize” and swore to give her their support.
“She has not planned for the sudden surge in fame, but if she could weather this storm, she will be on the way to becoming a shining star,” added the agency.
Media reports also state that a Taiwanese human rights lawyer has filed a lawsuit against Huang An and Tzuyu’s agency, JYP Entertainment, after she was forced to release a video in which she publicly apologized for her actions.
In the video, which has now been viewed over 6.4 million times on YouTube alone, she is seen bowing to her audience, professing that there is only “One-China” before saying she is sorry for hurting the feelings of the Chinese people.