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Hongkong singer-actress Gillian Chung recently became the unfortunate target of some very cruel fat-shaming comments after the trailer for variety show Twinkle Love, where she appears as a guest, was released last month. The Chinese media even (unnecessarily) guesstimated that she had put on “at least 18kg”.

As it turns out, the 40-year-old deliberately gained weight for a new role — think Renée Zellweger for Bridget Jones’s Diary or, in a local context, Rui En for 2016’s If Only I Could.

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