Boss Level Face-Slapping Specialist - Chapter 148
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The Bai siblings had opened a personal studio for 3 years, and all the things encountered in these 3 years were handled by themselves. Because of Bai Xingchen’s looks as well as some bad things in the idol world, they were satirized all over the internet when they first became popular. So, when they encountered such things, they didn’t panic, they directly asked people to contact the venue, reporters and live streaming platform, and then put the live streaming time and link of the press conference on Weibo.
At the press conference, Bai Xingchen first said, “Lin Haodong and I have broken up peacefully, I did not cheat, did not have an affair, and did not quarrel with Lin Haodong. He and I have different views on our relationship and cannot continue. As to whether he cheated or not, I don’t know. If you are interested, you can find out from him. I’m currently single, so I don’t think about feelings for the time being. When I fall in love, I will make it public in Weibo.”
Bai Xingchen’s words could be said to be very impolite, but Lin Haodong stabbed her first, and it was understandable that she would fight back. She just wanted people to know that she wasn’t someone easily bullied, and those who want to step on her must be prepared to be stomped back by her.
The reporter asked, “Bai Yuchen, is it true that you have a girlfriend?”
Bai Yuchen nodded his head, “It’s true. I’ve been in love for 3 years. She is my childhood friend and both of us have met with parents and we are ready to get married. I was going to choose a good day to disclose when I was getting married, but I didn’t expect to be exposed by others. Then, I will disclose the wedding date here, which will be on September 20th, six months from now.”
The reporters were in an uproar, they couldn’t believe that he just admitted it and announced the wedding date! One female reporter stood up excitedly, “Bai Yuchen, I’m your fan. Have you ever considered the feelings of your fans? Do you think you can live up to your fans? You are clearly using us!”
The security guard immediately stopped the fan reporter and prevented her from rushing to the stage. She was so angry that she directly threw the microphone at Bai Yuchen. The security guard blocked it and it failed to reach Bai Yuchen. The scene became chaotic and it took 3 minutes to settle. Bai Yuchen seriously said, “First, when I debuted abroad, my purpose was to sing and dance on stage, which is my hobby. When I started my career in my first year, I was interviewed and they asked about my future life plan. I said, without hiding anything, that I wanted to fall in love around 23 years old, get married around 25 years old, and have children before 30 years old, which is also my parents’ expectations. After returning to China, I had mentioned this matter more than once in programs and interviews. May I ask, if you are really a fan of mine, are you subjectively ignoring the attitude I have been frankly expressing?”
“Second, I am a person, not an item belonging to fans. Fans will get married and have children, and so will I. I have never set up a false persona, never said deceptive things, and never asked anyone to buy an album, so I can’t understand the so-called deception. Since I started my career, every time I talked about idol-related topics, I had said that I wanted to bring positive energy and make progress with everyone. I’ve never said anything that provoked fans and misled them, because I know the abnormal phenomenon in the idol industry, so I paid great attention to it, but I didn’t expect that I still can’t escape. I don’t understand one thing, what is an idol? The character, words and deeds aren’t the most important thing, but whether or not you are in a relationship? When I get old, at the age of 40, will fans who won’t allow me to fall in love still be my fans? In my opinion, if you want to be a fan of a handsome and beautiful idol who would never fall in love for a lifetime, you could only be fans of a two-dimensional character.”
“Third, singing and dancing is my hobby and my career. The songs from my debut are still classics, and the albums I’ve released over the years have won many gold awards. To put it mildly, I’ve always been a powerhouse, always trying to fight for my career, never needing any false exploitation of fans. Today, my speech may not be pleasant to hear. It’s too tough and harsh for some people, but this is the truth. I don’t want to say some ambiguous words of comfort, which would be meaningless. I don’t think I have made any mistakes and need to comfort others. I’m just following the life plan I said at the beginning, that’s all.”
He had said it all, and the reporters were at a loss for what to ask. One of them then looked at Bai Xingchen and thought of a question, “Bai Yuchen, just now Bai Xingchen said that she will disclose herself if she has a relationship again, may I ask why you didn’t disclose your secret relationship for 3 years and had to wait for marriage to disclose it?”
Bai Yuchen was surprised, “Isn’t it personal freedom to be in a public relationship or not?” He turned his head and asked Bai Xingchen, “Sister, can you tell us the reason why you made it public?”
Bai Xingchen spoke helplessly, “Because there are always people who follow me like stalkers. I want to fall in love openly, otherwise even dating and eating would be secretly scandalous activities, I can’t stand it. It’s too exhausting. Therefore, those haters who are always restless and get ideas next time, with so many scandals, have no point in doing so when the real thing has already flown out. Do you really think I can shut up the press with just my hands?”
Bai Yuchen went on to say, “So the first reason why I chose not to make it public is that I don’t have my Older Sister’s worries. My girlfriend is studying abroad for her PhD and no press would follow her. The second is that my girlfriend is a complete outsider, and I don’t want to disturb her life because of my occupation. This is what both of our parents wanted. Just like my Sister and I never mentioned our family’s situation. These have nothing to do with our work, our family’s first requirement for us to enter the entertainment industry is to not expose family information outside the industry.”
Bai Xingchen nodded, “Yes, so if I marry an outsider in the future, I will try to keep it a secret. If I can’t keep it a secret, I will simply quit the entertainment circle. Many people may disagree with some of the views expressed by my brother and I today. It doesn’t matter. It’s normal for everyone to have different views. We just want to let you know our truest thoughts today. We hope that no one would think that my brother is all hers or that I am hooking up because of some assumptions. Assumptions are always assumptions and we all have to live in reality.”
“That’s it for today’s press conference.” Bai Yuchen said the closing words and made an announcement, “I don’t want my personal affairs to cause any more controversy, so after the work in hand is done, I will go abroad to spend some time with my family and come back to work after I get married. I would like to thank you for your blessing, and I accept it when you stop being a fan and step back. I would like to thank all the fans for accompanying me through this part of my journey. No matter how long or short this journey is, thank you for having liked me.”
The live broadcast ended with Bai Yuchen smiling at the camera. His smile was as charming as before, but some fans who once loved him began to scold him, not only stopped being his fan, but also fabricating unwarranted scandals for reasons to stop. The rational people were still digesting the information in their idol’s words, and they were angered by these scandals. Why do people become someone’s fan?? Was it not because of his personality and charm, but because he was supposed to be their personal boyfriend? At least rational fans couldn’t understand this kind of possessiveness, which was so strong that they couldn’t wait to scold him to death. They have started to dispel rumors one after another. They never thought that they would constantly dispel rumors because of these fans who unitedly stepped back from him. The knife stabbed from fans was often more powerful.
Because Bai Yuchen didn’t disclose any information about who his girlfriend was, the people who stopped being fans couldn’t find the woman to scold, so they took out all their anger on Bai Yuchen. Really, even those murderers and child abuse perverts have never been scolded like this. Because Bai Yuchen was popular enough, fans turning away and stepping back had become a phenomenal event in the entertainment circle, and passers-by have changed from watching the fun to lamenting. Idols were really not treated like people. They couldn’t do anything that fans didn’t like, and they couldn’t fall in love. After 30 years, they would be abandoned by fans who once cried out that it was true love. It was just a love affair, but it was treated as if it was greater than a maniac murdering people. If the public was this concerned about crime, about the elderly and children, how harmonious would society be?
At this time, Bai Xingchen, as an older sister, of course had to help his younger brother to divert the attention. She sorted out the evidence of Lin Haodong’s cheating, and anonymously sent it to ‘the King of exposing people in the circle’. The number one paparazzi in the entertainment industry was surnamed Wang, and every time he broke some news, it was both big news and real news. How could he not become the King of gossip news? On the day Wang received something, it exploded, and the headline also read ‘Amazing Turnaround’, which immediately attracted a large number of onlookers.
This kind of thing was always despised by everyone. Lin Haodong also posted that kind of Weibo before, so that people misunderstood that Bai Xingchen was cheating, and it turned out that he was cheating. That was even more sinful. Bai Xingchen’s fans were furious. Bai Xingchen sent a short video on Weibo and spoke with a smile, “Being single, I am very happy now. It’s my greatest luck to stop the loss in time. Don’t be angry with the starlet. being angry and annoyed by that kind of person isn’t worth it.”
Originally fans were comforting her under her Weibo, but once they saw this video, it all became ‘666’, ‘our star is really a stream of fresh air’, ‘We are proud of you, dumping the scum star is way better.’
However, the anger still has to be vented. Bai Xingchen’s fans didn’t fight with others and didn’t annoy people. They all went to Lin Haodong Weibo to scold him well. In order to show that Bai Xingchen didn’t care about him at all, her fans were also particularly sensible in cursing without profanity. In each message, people had to have some sense to actually understand the cursing. Bai Xingchen fans quickly went to the hot search list, which made people feel very sad. Their brother and sister were both so popular, had the same strength, and awards to prove it. Why were their fans so different?
In fact, Bai Yuchen’s attitude has always been there, so two-thirds of his fan base were sensible fans. So, only half of the remaining one-third were too excited to stop being his fan, it wasn’t that many. However, because they kept leaving messages and spreading scandals, it seemed to be overwhelming. It gave people a feeling that Bai Yuchen fans had massively decreased.
At this time, the ‘Birth of an Idol’ program group released the third episode. The audience rating didn’t drop at all, but rose instead, which made the program group relax and decided to continue to use these mentors. The three stars who were exposed to scandals were all in a show, at the same time. It wouldn’t be easy. Many passers-by were curious about this program, and being on the hot search list for several days had brought a lot of popularity to the program. It also brought a lot of popularity to the contestants in the program.
The program crew found that among several popular contestants, only Xu Zifan had no Weibo. So, they looked for him and asked him to open a Weibo, at least to have a gathering place to increase his followers. Xu Zifan thought for a while and opened a Weibo page to put a photo of him taken by the show’s official announcement, and wrote how to vote, saying: please vote for me if you like me, thank you everyone.
(ED: yes! How can I vote for Zifan x Xingchen?)