It is protected to say that 2020 goes down as one of many worst years we are able to keep in mind.
Inside the showbiz business, some celebrities additionally despatched shockwaves with their jaw-dropping shenanigans.
From the ugliest, messy affairs to social media spats, here’s a abstract of the scandalous leisure information that headlined the yr.
Present Lo’s intercourse scandals
Taiwanese pop star Present Lo’s a number of affairs, together with his participation in orgies, were revealed in a lengthy Weibo post in April by Grace Chow, his then-girlfriend of 9 years. Present responded with a brief reply, saying he would “replicate” on his errors.
The following day, he published an apology to Grace on Instagram and seemingly admitted to the accusations. Netizens angrily demanded his removal from current and upcoming Chinese TV programmes, and he reportedly misplaced NT$1.eight million (S$85,274).
In an additional twist, Grace tagged Taiwanese TV host-actress Linda Chien, better known by her nickname Butterfly, in an Instagram thread about checking for STDs, not-quite-subtly revealing her as certainly one of Present’s lovers.
Unexpectedly, he addressed the scandal once more when he posted a lengthy love letter to Grace in Might.
Aliff Aziz again with new drama, and it is not a TV present
Native actor-singer Aliff Aziz’s checklist of controversies in 2019 sadly spilled over to 2020.
In a video posted on Fb in January, Aliff is seen undoing his trousers to flash his private parts whereas saying: “Suck my ****”. The 29-year-old was additionally caught in one other incident the place he was physically assaulted by another man.
Issues then took an surprising flip. In Might, he and his spouse, 26-year-old Malaysian actress Bella Astillah, reportedly revoked their divorce. The couple, who married in 2016 and divorced final Might, additionally had their second baby in July. Aliff was unable to be in Malaysia for the beginning of his daughter because of Covid-19 restrictions.
EXO’s Chanyeol accused by ex-girlfriend of dishonest all through 3-year relationship
Chanyeol from the favored Ok-pop group EXO was accused by an alleged former girlfriend of cheating on her repeatedly during their three-year relationship.
The lady revealed in a web based publish in October that she had found the bitter reality simply earlier than their third anniversary. She claimed the 27-year-old idol cheated on her with greater than 10 ladies, they usually included “woman group members, YouTubers, broadcast DJs, dancers, stewardesses, and extra”.
The publish was additionally accompanied by photos of Chanyeol with the lady digitally edited out of the pictures. His administration company SM Leisure declined to remark.
Bollywood actresses investigated for being in drug syndicate
When actor Sushant Singh Rajput died on June 14 this yr, India’s Narcotics Management Bureau (NCB) suspected foul play and introduced in his girlfriend, actress Rhea Chakraborty, for questioning.
Bollywood actresses Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, and Sara Ali Khan have been additionally referred to as in for questioning with regards to alleged drug use.
In September, the NCB arrested Rhea for her alleged lively function “in a drug syndicate linked with drug provides”, in response to her bail order. She is at present nonetheless in jail in Mumbai and has maintained her innocence.
Native celebs flouting Covid-19 laws
33-year-old Ah Boys To Males star Maxi Lim and some of his celebrity guests are under scrutiny for breaching Covid-19 restrictions in his marriage ceremony dinner with influencer Lizy Teo on Dec 20.
A reader had tipped off The New Paper after seeing movies and pictures of the occasion posted on social media.
One other reader additionally knowledgeable Shin Min Every day Information that Singapore-based Chinese actor Jeffrey Xu had a party in October the place 13 folks, together with celebs Terence Cao, Shane Pow, and Sonia Chew, have been standing shut collectively with out masks.
In mild of the investigations, Sonia will not be hosting Mediacorp’s countdown event Let’s Celebrate 2021. She posted her apology on Instagram, calling the celebration a “extreme lapse of judgement”.
Actors Julie Tan, Jeremy Chan, and Dawn Yeoh later admitted they were at the same party and issued public apologies.
Twelve Cupcakes founders Daniel Ong and Jaime Teo in courtroom for underpaying international staff
On Dec 29, former local radio DJ Daniel Ong and his ex-wife, former actress Jaime Teo, were brought to court for offences below the Employment of International Manpower Act linked to pastry chain Twelve Cupcakes, which they based.
They allegedly allowed the chain to underpay the wages of their international staff between 2013 and 2016.
Earlier this month, the chain, which is now below new homeowners Kolkata-based Dhunseri Group, also pleaded guilty to 15 charges of underpaying its employees in 2017 and 2018, in response to The Straits Instances.
Daniel, 45, and Jaime, 43, are every going through 24 expenses involving eight staff.
‘I Not Silly’ actor Joshua Ang recordsdata for divorce
On Dec 14, 31-year-old Joshua Ang went on social media to announce his “happy divorce” from his spouse of two years, Shannon Low. The couple have a two-year-old son Jeddy.
Nonetheless, Low, 29, bit again laborious and shared her facet of the story. In a sequence of Instagram tales, she accused Joshua of being an “abusive, violent and irresponsible father”.
He vehemently denied the accusations and advised AsiaOne that he would be looking for authorized counsel. He additionally addressed the “false and baseless accusations”, calling them a private vendetta.
Dee Kosh’s sexual harassment allegations
In an announcement posted on Instagram on Aug 17, native YouTuber Dee Kosh, whose actual identify is Darryl Ian Koshy, admitted to texting a 15-year-old boy with what he described as a “questionable tone”, and apologised “to all of the individuals who have suffered from this”.
This got here after a number of police stories have been made towards him by alleged male victims who have been 15 to 17 years outdated on the time of the offence. Police investigations are ongoing.
Xiaxue’s a number of scandals
Native influencer Xiaxue, whose actual identify is Wendy Cheng, faced backlash in February this year for fat-shaming after she spoke out towards glamourising ‘morbidly overweight’ folks. Issues acquired heated up when local actress Oon Shu An presented a different opinion.
Then throughout the normal elections in July, the 36-year-old came under fire for accusing female Singaporean politician Raeesah Khan of stirring up racist sentiments.
Many referred to as for her boycott, and the marketing campaign was run by Elouise Quek in an try to “demonetise” Xiaxue. Many confirmed help for Quek, together with Charles Yeo, the 30-year-old chairman of the Reform Get together. Nonetheless, it ended up in a court fight, in which Quek retracted her statements.
Her video on cancel culture additionally didn’t strike the precise chord with some viewers, certainly one of them Singaporean playwright Alfian Sa’at.
“It is kinda gross when bullies cry sufferer,” he wrote on his social media accounts.