Two days ago, a blind item alleging that Chen Yufan, one-half of popular Chinese rock band Yu Quan, was arrested for drug use was widely circulated on Weibo. His management agency promptly stepped in, denying reports, and posted an official statement threatening to take legal action against false reports.
However, their claims were thrown back at them when the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau published a statement on Weibo, clarifying that they have indeed arrested two drug offenders in the city.
They added information about the two arrested: a 43-year-old male singer called ‘Chen’ as well as a 25-year-old woman called ‘He’. Both parties were also found to be in possession of 7.96 grams of methamphetamine and 2.14 grams of marijuana.
What gave his identity away, according to Chinese reports, was a cryptic word ‘Zui Mei’ (or most beautiful in Mandarin) in the Weibo update, indirectly confirming his identity as that was the title of Yu Quan’s first album.
Following their statement on Weibo, China news outlet People’s Daily posted pictures of the rocker, confirming suspicions of his identity.
Shortly after the revelation, Yu Quan’s management agency released a new statement to apologise for the matter, expressing “pain” and “regret” over what the singer had done.
Bandmate Hu Haiquan posted a Weibo update with “10 Whys”, expressing disbelief at his friend’s reckless behaviour for using drugs to escape from his problems in real life. “How I hope for this to be a nightmare and for it to be over after I wake up,” he said.
The group’s 20th anniversary commemorative concert, which was scheduled for Christmas this year, was also cancelled yesterday.
Yufan was previously married to Chinese actress Bai Baihe; the couple tied the knot in 2006 and have a son together, but filed for divorce in 2015.
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