“Prince of Piano” Li Yundi criticised for urinating in public

The classical pianist reportedly decided to relieve himself on his way to pick up a date for dinner.


Chinese classical pianist Li Yundi, nicknamed the “Prince of Piano”, first became known to the public when he bagged the gold medal at the 2000 International Chopin Piano Competition, becoming the youngest winner.

Then, in 2012, he was caught up in reports alleging that he was in a relationship with Chinese-American singer Wang Leehom. The news was vehemently denied by both parties, and the allegations soon petered off after Leehom tied the knot with his wife, Li Jinglei, in 2013.

Since then, Yundi has largely faded out of the spotlight in the entertainment world, though his latest antics quickly propelled him back to the front page.


As it turns out, an anonymous informant had videoed a man, who is believed to be Yundi, urinating on the roadside in public. According to the informant, Yundi had been driving that night and was on his way to pick up a date for dinner. However, in the middle of his trip, he decided to answer the call of nature.

Instead of heading to a nearby public toilet, the pianist decided to park his car by the roadside, glancing around furtively before proceeding to relieve himself right there and then. After completing the deed, the 36-year-old then hopped back into his car after glancing about guiltily once again. 

He then continued on his journey, picking up a unidentified female before heading to a hotpot restaurant for dinner.

After the reports were published, Yundi’s behaviour was largely panned online, with netizens remarking that his behaviour was “worse than smoking indoors”. 

As of press time, Yundi has yet to comment on the reports.

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