Chinese Influencer Apologises For Insinuating That New Mum Lin Chiling, 47, Had Her Baby Via Surrogate
Don’t anyhow post things about people online, okay?
On January 31 this year, Taiwanese model-actress Lin Chiling, 47, dropped a huge bombshell on social media: She and her 40-year-old husband, Japanese popstar Akira, have welcomed their first child. And no, nobody knew she was even expecting.
The announcement was met with thousands of congratulatory comments, but it looks like some people decided to waste their energy on unnecessary scrutiny instead.
Chiling shared the good news with this sweet photo
After the news broke, a Chinese influencer called Guang Gao Xiao Mei, who describes herself as “a Shanghai girl and Taiwanese daughter-in-law living with her husband like cavemen in New York”, insinuated that Chiling’s baby may have been born via a surrogate due to the star’s age.
The controversial part of her Facebook post reads: “I know it’s very uplifting to hear such happy news from a 47-year-old, but speaking from a medical perspective… sigh. Eggs can be frozen in advance, but it’s difficult for doctors to save an ageing uterus.”
Guang Gao Xiao Mei also compared Chiling to 39-year-old Taiwanese actress Ariel Lin, who gave birth to a daughter last October, saying that unlike the latter, the former was never photographed with a pregnant belly so “something must be fishy”.
Um, is she forgetting that Chiling is now based in Japan, where she is less likely to be stalked by the paparazzi?
People were not happy with Guang Gao Xiao Mei’s post
In any case, Guang Gao Xiao Mei’s unsolicited opinion ticked off a lot of folks, who slammed her for making “wild speculations without evidence”.
After enduring the backlash for about a week, she finally took to Facebook on Monday (Feb 7) to apologise.
Before actually getting to the part where she’s sorry, she went on a rant about how she’s been suspected of being a “foreign propaganda machine” due to her “Chinese identity and political stance”.
However, she reminded everyone that “the Party firmly opposes surrogacy” (um, it’s downright illegal in China), while she has publicly voiced her support for it.
Anyway, Guang Gao Xiao Mei finally addressed the part about Chiling in a comment under her own post, writing: “I understand the main reason why I’m being scolded. There are indeed concerns about violating the privacy of others, and I am very sorry about that.”
“I will pay more attention next time, and I also hope to set an example. I won’t just apologise and examine myself, but I will also change,” she declared.
Wonder if Chiling and Akira even know (or care) about all this
Photos: Lin Chiling/Instagram, Guang Gao Xiao Mei/Facebook