aiwanese heartthrob Aaron Yan has been dragged out of the closet in just about the worst way possible, outed by the media as allegedly dating three guys simultaneously.
Photos and text messages concerning the 32-year-old actor-singer’s alleged three-timing were exposed by one of the star’s spurned boyfriends after finding out that he was not Yan’s one-and-only, as he had been led to believe.
According to this Mr. A, Yan has a definite type and method, first getting to know each of his similar-looking love interests on social media before eventually completely wooing them over with sweet words and songs in the bedroom. Mr. A described Yan as initially being the perfect boyfriend, compassionate and generous, paying for his rent and for a plane ticket so they could travel abroad together.
Mr. A said that Yan even took him to gatherings with his celebrity friends, telling him that he was the first boyfriend that he had ever invited to such parties. “I want you as my other half, my boyfriend, my good friend, my lover. I look forward to a future where we can also be family,” Mr. A recounts Yan as telling him.
However, nearly two years into their relationship, Mr. A claimed that Yan started to become more cold and detached while his whereabouts became more and more mysterious. After some investigation, Mr. A found out that there was also a Mr. B and Mr. C. Scorned, he decided to share photos of Yan separately kissing himself and his two other boyfriends with the media.
After being published yesterday morning, those photos have quickly become the talk of Chinese social media. Previously, Yan, who got his start as a member of the Taiwanese boy band Fahrenheit in 2005, had revealed no information about his own sexuality.
Yan’s manager soon stepped forward to throw doubt on Mr. A’s claims of Yan’s three-timing, charging that Yan’s hairstyle in the first picture was not one that he has sported in 2018 and that the other two pictures showed Yan locking lips with the same person. “There is no cheating going on,” said the manager. “We will be discussing how to deal with these fake reports with our lawyer.”
Then, yesterday evening, Yan published a statement of his own in which he apologized for all the drama surrounding him while not directly commenting on the allegations that he had been dating three men at the same time.
“I am deeply sorry for failing to properly manage my private life, causing it to be revealed in such a way,” Yan wrote. “I’ve always treated everyone with sincerity, but I’m also an ordinary person with my own shortcomings, failings, and feelings.”
“I once revealed my true feelings to another person, but, when it ended, I didn’t properly handle the situation and it turned into something that I did not expect,” he continued, before apologizing to his family, fans, and label for the scandal and promising to grow as a person from the incident.
After Fahrenheit broke up in 2011, Yan went on to a successful solo music career while also increasingly branching into acting, starring in the 2016 Taiwanese rom-com Refresh Man. It’s not yet clear how these revelations will affect his career prospects, particularly in China where homosexuality is censored and frowned upon.
Here’s how Yan’s fans have been digesting the news on Twitter:
All those years of me shipping aaron yan and other female actresses HAHAHAHH
— e ⋆ 72 (@pratajin) November 7, 2018
Okay this Aaron Yan thing is insane… But I hope his apology is not about him being gay; he owes no apologies to anyone for that. And being outed by the media in a continent where majority of people are still largely homophobic… that must be soul-crushing :/
— Shirley (@ssshirley_a) November 7, 2018
me after knowing aaron yan is actually gay ( which is actually perfectly okay) but he cheated on 3 guys pic.twitter.com/o8QaV80apR
— ㅂ (@B4EKHYUN0506) November 7, 2018
Fuwhat??? Aaron Yan three timed boyfriends??? How does he have a that free time?? pic.twitter.com/0sRVncY2wK
— Nomi ᴱˣᴼ | #DMUMT (@EXOareFairies) November 7, 2018