An Asian American pop artist in China apologized to his family and fans on Monday and said he will take a break from performing after a public feud on social media with his ex-wife, who accused him of cheating and hiring prostitutes.
Fans of Wang Leehom, who is well-known throughout the Chinese-speaking world and has appeared in films such as Lust, Caution in 2007, have been riveted by the days-long back-and-forth. On the Chinese social networking site Weibo, the controversy was the most popular topic, with many people condemning and denouncing him.
I failed to manage my marriage properly and caused trouble for my family. I didn’t give the public the image an idol should have,” he wrote. “This is all my fault.” Last week, Wang confirmed rumors that he and his wife had split in an online post, igniting a social media. His wholesome image as a spouse and father was shattered by her charges. The singer was born in Rochester, N.Y., to Taiwanese parents. According to Taiwan’s Central News Agency, he was last seen dodging the press at Taoyuan airport after coming from Beijing on Saturday.