Aaron's friend, manager and management agency respond to the reports
After the news broke, Taiwanese media managed to get a comment from Aaron’s close friend, who remarked, “The hairstyles in the three pictures are different, it’s obvious that they were taken at different periods in time. Additionally, as (the informant) chose to reveal this news right when same-sex marriage has just been legalised in Taiwan, there’s a possibility that he is doing so just to tarnish Aaron’s reputation.”
Aaron’s manager also backed up the comments from Aaron’s friend, remarking that Aaron’s hairstyle in the first picture was not one that he has sported in 2018. They also added that the other party in the other two pictures were the same guy. “There’s no cheating going on! We will be discussing with our lawyer on how to deal with these fake reports,” they remarked.
The singer-actor’s management agency released a statement as well. “Today, the media got hold of pictures of Aaron Yan with his friends in private, complicating his friendships. They fabricated false tales, severely impacting Aaron Yan’s reputation. Aaron Yan has refuted the content of these reports, and is deeply apologetic for the disturbance that he has caused to his friends.
"Aaron Yan has always advocated for equal rights, and is a public figure who has always cared about such issues. Unfortunately, these intentions have since been deliberately exploited by an individual,” they wrote as part of their statement.
Continued on the next page: Aaron’s full statement, translated
Aaron’s full statement, translated
Yesterday evening, after concluding work activities in China, Aaron made his first appearance at the airport. He did not respond to reporters' questions when he was leaving the airport but posted a statement regarding the reports, expressing his regrets regarding how he handled his relationship shortly after.
“I'm deeply apologetic for failing to manage my personal life, causing it to be revealed in such a manner. I’ve always treated everyone sincerely, but I am an ordinary person too, with my own weaknesses and shortcomings, and feelings.
"When interacting with someone else, disagreements are inevitable. I handled it inappropriately, and it’s clear that there is much to be learnt from this. I’m someone who does not wish to harbour suspicions and build walls protecting myself when getting to know someone. I often open up completely, without hesitation. I once revealed to another party my true feelings, but when (the relationship) ended, I did not handle the matter properly. I was surprised by the unforeseen turn of events as well.
"I’m extremely sorry for the hurt I’ve caused to people, I’m sorry. I’m also very sorry to my family and fans, who’ve always supported me. I’m also thankful for my company, HIM International Music, for their forgiveness and respect. I will always remember those who’ve helped me along the way, I will also take the lessons learnt from this to help me grow. Finally, I’m very sorry for wasting everyone’s precious time and life by having to witness matters relating to my private life, which is thoroughly unremarkable and unworthy of everyone’s attention,” he wrote.