Wang Lee-hom, the Taiwanese-American pop sensation, has issued a terse statement threatening legal action over rumours concerning his recent marriage and speculation over his sexuality.
“False rumours on the internet and in the media have affected the lives of me and my family,” the 37-year-old Mandopop star wrote in a statement on Tuesday, the China Post reported in Taipei. “My representatives will seek legal recourse to handle the issue if more false rumours are reported without any verification,” Wang reportedly said.
The singer, actor and teen heart-throb announced his marriage to Lee Jinglei, ten years his junior, on social media on November 27. The surprise statement sparked a flurry of gossip online, making the first photo he posted of him and Lee by far the most widely shared on Chinese microblogs last week.
As of Thursday, the photo had been reposted more than 900,000 times.
Three days later, Wang posted a family Thanksgiving photo on social media that reignited the buzz. Many believed the photo had been edited, and speculation abounded as to why.
Wang’s immense popularity has previously tested his patience with over-intrusive reporters and internet gossip seeking to discover as much as possible about him. In a recent interview given at the Oxford University Union in Britain, Wang was asked to describe himself in five words. “I am a human being!” he replied.
Wang is famous for his style of pop music, which fuses western and eastern traditions, and has appeared in more than a dozen popular films. He has more than 39 million followers on Sina Weibo – more than the entire population of Canada – and 1.5 million ‘likes’ on Facebook.
There was no mention of the controversy on any of his social media accounts. In recent photos he shared on Sina Weibo, he was seen with colleagues shooting a short movie and an advertisement in New York.