One of the China’s most beloved athletes has been embroiled in controversy after getting exposed online for being unfaithful to his wife.
Shocking news as swept across Weibo last night after photos were leaked online showing married badminton superstar Lin Dan getting intimate with a model and actress.
The photos were posted by Detective Zhao,” a popular Weibo user known for celebrity gossip. The posts show Lin hugging and getting cozy with a mystery woman inside a hotel room.
It didn’t take long for netizens to identify the woman as Zhao Yaqi, a model and actress. The posts quickly started trending and had over 200,000 reports and 40,000 comments on Weibo, according to SCMP.
Lin Dan released the following statement online shortly after the news broke.
“As a man, I won’t make any more excuse for what I have done,” he wrote. “But my behaviour has already hurt my family and I would like to apologize to them. Sorry.”
Detective Zhao claims the photos were taken from October, which is during the time Lin’s wife, fellow badminton star Xie Xinfang, was pregnant. She gave birth to their first child on November 5th.
Lin Dan is two-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time world champion. He started dating Xie Xinfang back in 2003 and were engaged in 2010. They married in 2012.