Charles Zhang, the founder and CEO of Chinese internet giant Sohu, has shot down rumors swirling around the Chinese internet that he is dating Taylor Swift, offending all foreign women in the process.
On a livestream session on Friday morning, the 52-year-old tycoon claimed that he was definitely not the American pop princess’s latest squeeze. “It’s a rumor! No taste for foreign women!” he said, adding that he didn’t even know who Taylor Swift was.
So take that, TSwift!
To explain how all this came about, you should know that currently there is a completely unsubstantiated rumor circulating around Weibo that “America’s number one singer” is dating a middle-aged Chinese tech tycoon. While Chinese netizens have decided that Swft must be that singer, they have not yet figured out who the lucky tycoon could be.
After the livestream, Zhang’s comments went viral on Chinese social media with Weibo users playfully accusing him of playing hard to get. Though most have come to the reasonable conclusion that Zhang probably isn’t Taytay’s type either.
Swift is known for her string of high-profile romances with stars like Jake Gyllenhaal, Taylor Lautner, Joe Jonas, John Mayer, Harry Styles, and, most recently, Tom Hiddleston. None of which would appear to have a lot in common with Zhang.
So it looks like ZhangSwift is not going to be a thing, which is too bad, because they could have made some beautiful music together.
But meanwhile the search continues for Swift’s new beau. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has been ruled out by web users because of his poor English skills. But what about Jack Ma?
Follow Shanghaiist on WeChat