In the biggest news to hit the Chinese internet since the last celebrity affair scandal, Weibo has gone nuclear today after photos were leaked online showing married badminton superstar Lin Dan with a female model.
The photos and gifs were posted onto Weibo by”Detective Zhao,” a well-known user specializing in celebrity gossip. Two of the gifs show Lin hugging the mystery woman inside a hotel room.
Of course, the “mystery woman” didn’t stay a mystery for very long. After the post blew up, netizens identified her as Zhao Yaqi, a model and actress. As you might expect, photos of Zhao began to be posted online.
Lin’s fans weren’t only shocked that their hero was involved in an affair, they were also scandalized by the timing of it. “Detective Zhao” said that the pics were from October, Lin’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child on November 5th.
Responding to the tidal wave of criticism, Lin posted a short apology on his personal Weibo account: “As a man, I won’t make any excuses for myself, but my actions have hurt my family and I would like to apologize to them here. Sorry.”
In just 8 hours that post has generated over 420,000 likes, 115,000 shares and 660,000 comments.
“Men who cheat when their wives are pregnant are complete fucking garbage,” reads the top comment under Lin’s post with 338,000 likes. And most of the other comments aren’t any nicer to the adulterous Olympian:
“Apologize to your wife and son? Don’t know if you’ll have a wife and son.”
“Your wife was about to give birth! What the fuck were you thinking?!”
“After a lifetime of winning, a crushing defeat. Was it really worth it?”
“I don’t know what to say, I’m just sad.”
In 2003, Lin started dating fellow Chinese badminton star Xie Xingfang. The couple were quietly engaged in 2010 and finally held their wedding ceremony in 2012. In October, it was announced that the couple would be having their first child.
[Images via Weibo / Sina]