Something a little different. Vlog of XZ’s visits for his charity work. Nice to see and hear him. Pity the mask is still a mainstay in our lives! LOL.

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    🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰
    He’s been pretty quiet lately and has even been very much on the dl despite attending quite a few charity events lately… He’s been so quiet that it actually seems intentional, despite everything that he’s still doing 🧐🧐
    He attended 1-2 charity events that helped to kickstart the reopening and rebuilding of the economy of Hubei
    Province (where Wuhan is located), then he quietly attended a few charity events that worked towards promoting Chinese culture, focusing a lot on a lot of almost-lost agricultural and textile arts like paper-cutting, etc.

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      Might be a extra low key comeback strategy. Hopefully he’s getting good advice as to what to do. I felt that he looked extra young in this video. No need for makeup, costume and accessories, he still looked great, and even looked like a fresh faced kid. 😍 😆

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        His company/agency (whatever you want to call it) is useless… I believe what he’s doing now— choosing to keep a low profile and focusing on his charity work— is his own choice 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 The only useful thing of his agency (Xiao Zhan Studio) right now is that they are listening to him and letting him have input in what he does, for work and for how he wants to deal with all the defamation that he’s been going thru, because that’s the main purpose of a personal work studio/workshop format for an agency of an entertainer— their sole focus and purpose is for the ONE person they are named under (like Deng Lun Studio or Charmaine [Sheh]’s Workshop)— but other than that, they’ve been pretty useless this entire time, especially the PR department and how they’ve chosen to protect him 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

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          Poor boy! He’s been on his own so much, never getting support or being sufficiently promoted. Still we have confidence that he’ll keep going and growing. 😉

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            Yea 🙁 The only reason Xiao Zhan Studio (but still under his agency) actually exists is because Xiao Zhan actually had to sue his agency for better treatment, better pay, and for fair pay. The lawsuit ended with an out-of-court agreement, and part of the agreement was for Xiao Zhan studio to be established… All of that happened during the same time Xiao Zhan was working on “Joy Of Life” and preparing for “The Untamed”. Xiao Zhan actually had to argue against his agency and to help himself to get the role of Wei Ying for “The Untamed” because his agency kept telling him that he ‘wasn’t good enough’ and actually put steps out to try to stop him from auditioning, but thankfully Xiao Zhan got the role just based off of a photo that was shown to the director of “The Untamed” from one of the staff of “The Untamed”

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            @bebeswtz Yes, I heard a bit about this. Thanks for giving me more of the details. 😃

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        He looks happy ☺️ He looks calm and not stressed out from the pace of the bigger city or the rush of the work in the city surrounding

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        What I love most about this appearance is that he’s wearing his own charity $13 t shirt, no make up, no jewelry (except the red charm bracelet tha his mom gave to him), no expensive brand, and he’s still shining like the brightest star and breaking all the hot topics and social media trends

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          Agreed!!
          That’s actually the first thing o noticed about him from this vid— unfiltered (no makeup), simple (not wearing brand names, just his own t-shirt), and true to himself (the bracelet his mother gave him ❤️)

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          I’ve always liked his natural boyish look and how he’s happy as himself. No need to put on a show or create an image. Being authentic in the crazy world of entertainment is quite a feat. Kudos to him for keeping true. 😃

          I’ve just started watching the cdrama, ‘We are All Alone’ about the drama/entertainment industry and it will be pretty stark and not too far from the truth, I believe. 😣 Not a peaceful sort of workplace at all! 😀

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      He will shine like the bright sun whatever he does. This young man is so well grounded.

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    Hi folks! *waves* to @growingbeautifully @bebeswtz @stpauligurl @persianrose @marites59! How are you untameables? Hope you’ve been keeping well.

    Just saw clips of XZ’s recent interview, my heart aches for him.

    The industry is super competitive, stressful and nasty. For every success story, there are hundreds or maybe thousands of failure. Then when one becomes successful, it’s still such a tough life. Since Untamed, I’ve been watching mostly C dramas. There is a big pool of actors, more than in Kdramas. Many are good looking, young and talented but sadly limited good scripts, good production and thus few opportunities. I’m watching We Are All Alone after Ave X had it in her video, I wanted to understand more about the industry. It’s certainly interesting and surprising to know some of these things that happen behind the scenes.

    Xiao Zhan and Yibo were extremely lucky to catch their break with The Untamed. I just hope the fame they have achieved will allow them to pursue their dreams instead of being an obstacle in their lives. Xiao Zhan is more popular but also has a harder time than Yibo. This is just my observation. I guess the more popular you are, the more antis you attract and the more people there are who want to displace you. In XZ’s case, it’s not always those who are against him, his own fanatic fans have contributed to his woes.

    I only hope he will find more happiness in this cray cray world.

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      Hey @outofthisworld friend!!!!

      The last couple of months (especially this last month) has had its ups and downs during my country & city’s stay-at-home order due to COVID, but I’m hanging in there 💪🏻💪🏻

      I have also not been able to move on from Chinese dramas since completing “The Untamed” last year (it’s almost the 1-year anniversary of the airing of Episode 1!!!!), and have watched a couple of Chinese dramas here and there since then, a few BL ones, too, but found myself not really going back to Korean dramas 🤨🤨

      The industry is definitely really competitive, and it may be different levels of intensity as well, depending on the direction an artist goes down… I know that the Chinese film & drama industry is super competitive just from the mere fact of its population and just how many actors and actresses make up the Chinese entertainment industry 🥺🥺

      In terms of Xiao Zhan, I’m in no way happy about what’s happened to him, especially since he really didn’t do anything and was basically collateral damage for the actions of others, but—in a way— I’m happy for what it has brought him in terms of a slower pace in his work (it was not fun having to worry about his health all the time last year when all the craziness from “The Untamed” happened on top of him filming 2-3 dramas back-to-back 😰😰😰) and how much stronger he has become when resuming his work after, not just the scandal, but also from being forced to take time off and stay at home—because of COVID— to think things through and reflect. It’s also somewhat comforting to know that he’s okay and understands the other side of things and that he’s okay with it, too— he may not like it and it’s really unfortunate, but he understands why his endorsements dropped him so he’s not going to say or hint at anything bad towards those brands or companies, he understands that when he is so loved that he will most likely also have (an equal amount or more) people who dislike him— he’s always said that, and by doing so, I think he’s also always prepared himself for the day that the antis and haters would end up doing something 🤷🏻‍♀️ And here we are…
      But Xiao Zhan has a pretty high EQ, and I trust and know that he knows how to face and how to deal with everything ☺️☺️☺️

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      Hi @outofthisworld! Glad to read ya!

      What a coincidence. I too watched Avenue X and decided to pick up We Are All Alone to find out more about the tough c-ent industry. Just started and can’t say I could grasp it all but it does give us the hard-as-nails attitude that one has to have to get in and go through it.

      I have never watched Godfrey Gao before, but knowing what happened to him and seeing him on screen, actually affects me. I find it saddening that someone young and with so much potential, had his life cut short.

      I’m thinking of starting the light The Romance of Tiger and Rose, since Avenue X reviewed it highly, and it sounds fun.

      I deplored what happened to XZ. I believe that whatever he chose to do, to respond or not to all the furor, would still have found critics. We have faith that he has weathered the worst of it and will continue to get through it well, and likely stronger.

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        Hi @growingbeautifully

        I am at ep 12 now. I almost skipped the show because I thought it would be too sad to watch GG, knowing that he’s no longer around. I’ve not watched any of his shows but heard of his name as he’s been around and posthumously, read good things about him. What a loss! Unfortunately, I am skipping his scenes because the romance just doesn’t work for me. Nothing bad but it’s boring. I am watching to understand the C industry.

        Tiger and Rose was absolutely fun and I’ve discovered more talented actors in Ryan Ding and Zhao Lusi. If you enjoy ROTR, do try out the short drama Reset Life which Ryan is in, it’s just 5 eps and a good watch.

        It might be a long stretch but I find some similarities between what happened to XZ and WWX. Of course, XZ’s character is totally opposite to WWX. It’s more about how fast and hard the public opinion can turn against you. They can praise you sky high and then drag you to the lowest next. XZ still has a large fanbase and support so it’s not that bad. However, these incidents show how volatile it can be. I like the lyrics of Yibo’s song which went along this line- I am not as good as you say(fans) I am or as bad as you think(antis). People forget they are humans.

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          Thanks for the quick reviews @outofthisworld. I was rooting around for cdramas to watch and your recommendations are just in time! I’m also going to test watch It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (kdrama). If it works out that’s fine but nowadays, I don’t have as much time and bandwidth to watch.

          Yes, the similarities of how opinion turned against XZ and WWX did occur to me. It was comforting to know, that in one of his interviews, XZ already sounded like he knew what to expect. He knew that fame came and went easily and that he had no control over public opinions. He was able to accept that even early on in his career and hopefully remembers what he himself has said. On the whole, he has taken everything in his stride and is at least no longer silent or invisible.

          You are obviously still a great fan of WYB. I haven’t been searching out the latest news on the boys of TU, but if I happen on Star News, I get to hear bits and pieces about both WYB and XZ. It seems WYB still prefers his sports and work and eschews mixing with any ladies. Wise young man!

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        hi there ms @outofthisworld

        happy to see you posted after such a long time.
        what happened to XZ was really crazy. C-ent i think is crazier comparing to K-ent, maybe because of the huge population. from XZ’s latest interview though, he looked much better and his smile is much brighter comparing to his first interview, which made me a lot happier as his fan.
        hope all of you ladies are fine and well considering that the virus is still around us.
        once again,thank you @outofthisworld for remembering us here.
        cheers!!!

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          Hi @marites59!

          I am well, thank you! Hope everything is fine with you too!

          I’m on discord C(chinese drama) channel these days. Not good at being in multi places so I tend to stick to just one.

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            that’s why we don’t get to see you much around here. am glad that you’re ok. been missing you and your posts. i’m also on tweeter most of the time, just come here to check if somebody’s posted anything about WangXian/TU, from time to time.

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        yes, i have faith in XZ that he will be able to weather this storm and make a smashing comeback.

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      Hi @outofthisworld long time no see! I truly missed you.
      Yeah, the c entertainment industry seems very scary, and the most scary parts are fanatic fans… they seems to be the one feeding the anti and haters with their misbehavior… I heard Yibo also received so 1000s of hate letters and treats, but his agency acted better by taking legal act against the few main people involved… I don’t know who in their right mind can hate such talented artists… this is too sad… I just hope Xiao Zhan can stay strong through this stom and this is not the end of his career

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        Hi @persianrose! I miss you too! Great to see you at discord the other day.

        The C ent industry is scary alright. I do notice that C artists are more vocal and likely to take action than K ones. They need to otherwise it would be terrible for them. For XZ’s case, it’s very unfortunate. He shot to tremendous fame overnight and his fanbase exploded. His fans were seen as bullies to other fandoms although fanwars aren’t uncommon. They ‘offended’ many and the AO3 thing had far more reaching consequences than they imagined. His agency did not handle it well.

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https://www.hotpot.tv/news/the-untamed-stars-rumored-to-reunite-in-new-drama-the-bridge

Is this reliable news? A collaboration between Xiao Zhan and Wang Yi Bo with some friends?

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Such a hoot, Xiao Zhan’s been so low key for months but still hits top spots in popularity polls. Go figure! 😵 🤔 🤭 😁

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A collection of snippets of Xiao Zhan. I haven’t seen quite a lot of these. How about you?

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Here’s a video of Xiao Zhan doing a live stream interview. Does anyone know when this was? Love that it’s all about The Untamed and it’s characters and how he would relate to them now.

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Here\’s something heart-warming from Wang Yi Bo, thanks to @linda-palapala who gave me the link.

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    @linda-palapala @trinpie @kimbapnoona @shach @jenmole @zetteceniza @giegie0384 @1tea1 @alasecond @bcampbell1662 @egads @drawde2000 @marites59 @nightmoon @blueskye @lillamy @stpauligurl @strawberry @gadis @gmelenco @artgirl @maybemaknae @bluekitchen @carmen @mrobles @noobita @zgs1994 @infinitize @bunny @shinayame @sweetsammy @larelle79 @mayhemf @persianrose @pinklolipop @dramalava @outofthisworld @neener @hades @llljr

    Xiao Zhan has a new song and within 13 hours it’s out and subbed! Thanks to JongShine.

    I like the lyrics, especially the meaningful English lyrics of the chorus that are so appropriate to our times.
    “That we’ve got one life, one world
    So let’s come together, we’ll weather the storm
    A rain of colours, look up to the sky
    We’re all made of shooting stars
    We are made to love”

    Certainly we’re made to love XZ, and his voice and song!

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      That’s a catchy chorus! Loved the beat too!

      If only I can sing along to the Chinese lyrics >.<

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      Here’s an article giving an explanation of the song, what was Xiao Zhan’s thought process when he was co-writing it, and the team that helped him produce it (it’s the same team of people who worked with Wang Yi Bo to produce his song “No Sense” ) ☺️☺️☺️

      https://38jiejie.com/2020/04/24/xiao-zhan-releases-inspirational-single-light/

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      @growingbeautifully @bebeswtz read this very interesting article about Xiao Zhan incident, etc.
      https://suibianwielder.blogspot.com/2020/04/2020-april-why-xiao-zhan.html

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        @persianrose
        Thank you for sharing ☺️☺️☺️

        At the end of the day, it’s because of who Xiao Zhan is as a person and his efforts in staying true to that and true to his roots.

        He’s very popular, he’s very established, yet, he’s very humble and very hard-working and UNDERSTANDS that hard work is what is needed to reach success. Even when he’s reached success, he knows that it isn’t everlasting and can disappear at any time.

        “For as many people there are who will like you, there is an equal amount of people who will dislike you.”
        – Xiao Zhan

        He decides what he wants to do and goes for it, he does what he thinks and feels is important to himself and knows how to productively use his status as a public figure to influence that (like his charity project and the equipment donations he quietly made for Covid-19), he does what he enjoys, he is the person he wants to be (personality, temperament, how he carries himself, etc.), and many of his decisions about his work he makes himself and is influenced very little by anyone else (that is what he wants and that is why “Xiao Zhan Studio” was established). He doesn’t choose to do things and never picks projects because he thinks it’s going to be popular or that it’s going to bring him more fame— everything he chooses to do—all of his drama project and all of his variety shows appearances— he chooses because it’s something he wants to do and is something he knows he has the ability to put 100% of himself into it and/or because it will bring him a good learning experience and ways to improve himself 👌🏻

        This is why I like him so much ❣️

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        Thanks @persianrose Interesting opinions and review!

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      Viki just got the license for The Wolf! Does that mean it’s finally, finally going to air??

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        @linda-palapala Rumour has it that it may show up in mid-May. We hope and keep our fingers crossed!

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          I added it to my Viki watchlist and it’s so pretty…
          I remember when the first trailer came out (years ago!) I was so excited. Put the photo on my desktop. A Chinese friend who also watched c-dramas saw it on my computer so I told her I really liked Darren Wang because he was unusual looking. The 2nd male lead, who I had no idea who it was, I told her was the classically handsome man but I liked the unusual way Darren Wang looked. Only a few years later did I realize that beautiful 2nd lead was Xiao Zhan.

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          I don’t know where else to post this, so I apologize because this is slightly off topic. I was watching the last episode of the Special Edition and towards the end, the part where they’re about to say goodby to Wen Ning and Ah Ruan(?), there’s a close up shot of WY looking at LZ with adoring eyes and LZ looking back at him with the same eyes. I’d never noticed before the slow blinks with half open eyes that they each gave the other. I had just finished reading an article about how you know your cat loves you – one of the things it said was it will give you slow blinks with half open eyes. Then the article said that humans do the same thing, which I never knew that! Anyway, what before I thought was just a shot of them looking at each other with adoring eyes, the sleepy-eyed slow blinks meant love. Did everybody else already know this interesting fact??

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            @linda-palapala LOL, no, I’ve never heard of this.

            When I see it, I interpret it as a look with a smile or a look with a thought behind it, but not necessarily a look of love. That particular scene, it was a look of understanding that passed between WY and LZ.

            LZ had wanted to tell WY precisely this piece of info (that little Ah Yuan was Si Zhui), and had waited for the right time to do so. WY had received the info with surprise and delight from Si Zhui directly instead, and it slowly dawned on him what LZ and done for Ah Yuan, and why it was only at this moment that LZ was about to tell him.

            To me it was a look with a thought and the half closed eyes gave the message, ‘I understand, and I’m grateful.’ Lan Zhan’s response is an acknowledgement that he knows that WY knows ‘Good that you know and you’re welcome!’. 😄

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            @growingbeautifully Yes, I agree with you but what surprised me was the article I read about cat’s expressions of love and that humans do it too, without realizing. It’s the slow blink of the eye and in that end scene (and I’ve found another scene since then, the one where they’re in the market and WY buys LZ the rabbit lantern) the camera lingers on their faces until they slowly blink. Yeah, the smiles are there, the looks, but surely the camera and the director knew what they were doing. It was just an added detail that we probably only noticed subconsciously.

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    Thanks again for this. What a wonderful voice and song!!! I’ll play this again and again. He is such a treasure isn’t he?

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      @stpauligurl This song is somehow so simple and yet so catchy. Definitely one of those songs I’ll be playing over and over as I move around. XZ is a treasure indeed… to those who are his ‘capital’, but not only that. He’s worth his weight in gold, and not only in terms of money, but in how he deals with, and gets the better of all kinds of challenges beyond his control.

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    we can feel the essence of xiao zhan in this song. he is extraordinary. many thanks @growingbeautifully for this. i’m much happier now that he is slowly making his way back.
    bdw, the sale of this ep in 24 hrs is 73 million yuan.

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      @marites59 Yup, I didn’t take note during the announcement by one of the YouTubers who follow everything XZ, but it seems that within minutes and then hours his song reached gold or diamond status in the number who bought it. His likability trumps any ‘bad vibes’ people try to throw at him. He hasn’t even reached the peak of his abilities yet, and he’s already so popular. I hope he can keep improving and not let all this hoopla detract him.

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    I just realised that the video I linked here has disappeared!!! However the song is in @bebeswtz‘s link below so not to worry. 😬 😁

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Boy have we missed JB and GF and here they are again!!!

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Wow, their voices are so soothing and the choice of music too. Poems read out by Xiao Zhan and his Wei Wu Xian voice actor, Lu Zhixing. Sounds to relax to. 😃

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This is interesting! Would any of us, fans of The Untamed, like to let Chinese Star News translate our love for TU into Chinese for China’s TU fans to read? If so please watch the vid.

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Xiao Zhan seems to be back! Anyway, we can get to see a picture of the plum blossoms that he posted (and may have drawn himself) and to hear his voice again, to begin with. A melodic old song.

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    @linda-palapala @trinpie @kimbapnoona @shach @jenmole @zetteceniza @giegie0384 @1tea1 @alasecond @bcampbell1662 @egads @drawde2000 @marites59 @nightmoon @blueskye @lillamy @stpauligurl @strawberry @gadis @gmelenco @artgirl @maybemaknae @bluekitchen @carmen @mrobles @noobita @zgs1994 @infinitize @bunny @shinayame @sweetsammy @larelle79 @mayhemf @persianrose @pinklolipop @dramalava @outofthisworld @neener @hades @llljr

    According to Chinese Star News, plum blossoms have significance in China. I paraphrase: “It can mean that XZ is not defeated by the controversy (and continuing hate). These flowers symbolise strength and elegance, … being unafraid of the cold. … It is an auspicious symbol that comes with good news. Plum blossoms mean everything is reviving and Spring is coming. So … we do not need to worry about Xiao Zhan.” 😃 Well I certainly hope so!!

    Now hoping that Oath of Love won’t take forever to be aired!

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      Been waiting for you to post this!

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      thank you so much @growingbeautifully for posting this. i really hope that all of you guys here are doing well with the nasty stuff that is going on right now.

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        You’re welcome @marites59. I trust you are keeping yourself safe too!

        Nothing like a little (or a lot) of Xiao Zhan’s singing, to keep the cabin fever at bay, what with almost lockdowns going on. Take care!

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      In the meantime, you won’t believe what I’m doing – watching The Untamed once more. Didn’t realize how much I missed it. One thing led to another: watched the above video and song, then missed Xiao Zhan’s voice and watched other music videos like “Faded”, which led to telling a friend about XZ and sent her the official Untamed OST to watch, then rewatched it myself, which led to watching more OSTs which led to episodes 1-4 and skip to 33.

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        LOL! Here’s a true fan, easily sucked down the Untamed rabbit hole once again!

        Glad that you’re happy and enjoying yourself! I’m too tied up with RL to watch much. No energy and flagging interest in shows generally. However I do perk up on any news on XZ, or The Untamed, and will keep updating this fan wall. 😁 Catch ya again!

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        So I’m not the only one deep in the rabbit hole!!

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    I posted this song this morning, with a similar explanation on plum blossoms 🥰🥰🥰 Great minds think alike!!! 😉😉😉

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      Hi there Fellow Great Mind!! 😆 😂 I’ll visit your fan wall soon!

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        🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

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          Was at your fan wall grinning like a loon. Loved the clip of Wang Yi Bo’s un-Lan Zhan-like face contortions and bad posture! From other posts on XZ, looks like he’s really started working again. As usual, Yay! But I hope he still gets enough rest. 😉

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            Hahaha I’m happy to hear that my posts can bring a smile to your face 😁😁😁

            Yes!! I’m glad that he was able to get his rest. He’s mentioned on multiple occasions that he didn’t get to go home AT ALL ever since the promotions for “The Untamed” began and he picked up a lot more spokesperson work on top of other things, at least, not until the beginning of 2020 when he was given time off for the Lunar New Year. Im happy that he is back, better than ever, and that he’s starting off his comeback doing the things that are close to his heart, i.e. charity work and concentrating on his charity project (fund??)

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    This is so sweet!! Thanks for sharing!!!
    Loss of work/revenue/etc. aside, these bouts of groundless bullying are so detrimental to one’s mental health. I hope he’s taking care of himself and I’m very excited to watch Oath of Love~~~

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      @strawberry You’re welcome! Yes, as if it isn’t bad enough that there is loss of income, and an undeserved smear on his name, he still has to continue through the constant bullying and mean nastiness. He has to keep up looking fine and being OK, while knowing that a bunch of faceless people are just out to destroy his career for no good reason. What ever he does, will be scrutinised and criticised. It’s a very stress-filled situation to live with for months.

      Yes, I hope he has good people around him, and that he can maintain good and positive mental health. ☺️

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    i can feel it coming, he is coming back. i’m just so happy knowing that he is ok!!

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    I missed his voice!

    Thank you, GB! 🤗

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Are things slowly starting to look up for Xiao Zhan? Thanks to China Star News, we get little updates and translations of stuff buzzing on Weibo. Waiting for his 3 shows!!

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    I really hope so

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    I won’t believe in Wolf broadcasting until I watch first episode, this show has the worst of luck.

    But fingers crossed for Xiao Zhan.

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    Little bits and pieces is better than no news at all— I’LL TAKE IT!!! 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰
    A few days ago, he/his studio even put out a statement to declare the official launch of his charity 🥰🥰🥰 Charity is something that’s always been on his heart, so I’m happy that he is able to use his own platform as a social figure to do what he wants and to encourage others to follow in doing good

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      I heard about it. He has been quietly working on stuff that matters to him, and at the same time raising his visibility slightly. I believe that even the charity effort evoked some negative comments but that’s to be expected, since the smear campaign appears to be deliberate.

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        I’m happy and very glad that he is able to work and produce things that are important to him and matter to him, and that he is using his platform as a public figure for good 🥰🥰🥰

        I’m very positive that this will pass soon 🥰🥰 Since, like you said, it’s a deliberate smear campaign, and we have seen how smear campaigns can only last so long and will lose momentum and traction (anti-fans of EXO’s CHEN are an example)…. It’s just a matter of ‘when’ 🤔🤔🤔
        But it could possibly be soon, since the lockdown in China has been loosened in the last few days and people are now allowed to leave their homes and not sit in front of their screens all day/night

        It also helps that Xiao Zhan has a good head on his shoulders and has an understanding that you cannot make the whole world like you, and for every person that likes you, you will most likely have the same amount of people who dislike you. He is mature enough and understands that, and I think it’s what has kept himself (and his agency & Xiao Zhan studio by association) from speaking out. He can see that by doing so (speaking out), in the long run, depending on what he chooses to say if he were to put out a statement, that it may not be a very good move, therefore, he’s choosing to stay quiet and just let it pass, let time tell the tale 👌🏻👌🏻

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Remembering the positive energy of Xiao Zhan and hoping it’s keeping him well and still able to absorb and negate the negative.

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International fans are out to console and in support of Xiao Zhan. Please join in leaving a comment on the YT video and giving it a like to show your support.

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Over 11 minutes compilation of Xiao Zhan with Olay plus other video cuts, before the sh*t hit the fan and this endorsement was taken down. Love that the ad is a mini drama-wannabe, with his voice.

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    @linda-palapala @trinpie @kimbapnoona @shach @jenmole @zetteceniza @giegie0384 @1tea1 @alasecond @bcampbell1662 @egads @drawde2000 @marites59 @nightmoon @blueskye @lillamy @stpauligurl @strawberry @gadis @gmelenco @artgirl @maybemaknae @bluekitchen @carmen @mrobles @noobita @zgs1994 @infinitize @bunny @shinayame @sweetsammy @larelle79 @mayhemf @persianrose @pinklolipop @dramalava @outofthisworld @neener @hades @llljr

    I’m glad I finally got to see the OLAY ad. It’s nice to see him looking like a high schooler, with boyish good looks and not just the smouldering man in the suit and the smooth moves. It’s sad that he’s been losing endorsements through no fault of his own, but we wish him all the best and may these dark days be over soon.

    Keep on smiling Xiao Zhan!!

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      Forgot to add that the most beautiful scenery in this compilation is of course Xiao Zhan himself. What a sweet song, especially when sung by XZ … can’t help swaying to it!

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      Wait, what now??? Why his he losing endorsements.

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        @larelle79 @lixie @stpauligurl
        The sad thing is that XZ is being hurt by what I call immature, entitled ‘brats’ (most I believe are young girls/kids) who have struck out in a very mean way … to express their horror, dismay, anger using any means that they can, just because XZ’s fans/anti-fans, etc caused enough ruckus to get AO3, their beloved fan-fic site, blocked in China.

        They want to hurt XZ’s fans who reported AO3 for indecency, by hurting XZ … and/or he’s just an easy target for angry kids to hit at in their tantrums. Because they went on a rampage and threatened to boycott products XZ endorsed, he has been taken off the ads for a few of them. They down voted shows that he acted in.

        The thing is, they know that they are not supposed to be consuming ‘immoral’ stuff, and that it was always tentative when authorities might decide to do another clean sweep to block/clear out ‘bad influences’. They are not entitled to it just because they like it. It could have been the case that regulators had already decided to take action, and would have done something about sites like AO3 anyway around March 1st, so it could have had nothing at all to do with XZ or his fans. However the timing was just so bad. It was a few days end of Feb, when a fan started getting others to report AO3 and the whole thing blew up, so the block seems to be linked to XZ’s fans.

        XZ said in one interview, some time back, that he has been in the ‘trough’ or down and out before, and is not afraid of having to work hard to climb out of it again if he should have to. Well, it seems the time has come where he will have to do just that. May his struggle to overcome this setback make him stronger and show what a determined and persevering soul he is. Jia You Xiao Zhan!

        For detailed info on this sad saga, here’s AvenueX, who did this video, I think without even putting makeup on… she was that fed up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-YuIIhn900&t=2s

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          what happens all boils down to MONEY. Xiao Zhan’s meteroric rise to popularity in China has created jealousy within the c-ent industry. as far as i ununderstand there are paid people who only post hate stuff to whoever they were paid to do their smear campaign online. these people are being paid by competing entertainment companies, PR agencies, as well as rival celebs, with the purpose to bring him down just so all the lucrative product endorsements and acting jobs will not be offered to him anymore. so these people were the ones who made this big when it all started with that fan/s reporting those stuff.
          his cfans played right into their hands. i just pity the poor boy. i think his supporters are just afraid to speak up for him for fear of the backlash from these antis and haters. i have faith that Xiao Zhan will be able to recover from all of this. God bless him.

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            They did speak up. Both sides were accusing each other of cyberbullying.

            Then, the more “main stream” state-affiliated media and perhaps paid cybertroopers joined in leaning towards XZ fans side emphasizing copyright infringement as well as a citizen’s right to report “immoral” content.

            Revamped fan leadership asked the fans to be more low key.

            “Creative freedom” side sensed that big money and government might be turning public opinion against their cause so it also called on its followers to be low key on social media but continue with the boycott. The makeup of this group makes the participants even harder to control.

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          But according to new regulations all BL content is immoral and bad influence? Let’s not be hypocritical here, those who are involved in this from both side are mean and immature but being angry at censorship isn’t wrong, what’s is wrong it the way they expressed it.

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            Not really. As long as BL content follows the “no action below the neck” rule and no underage romance, it is tolerated by regulators.

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            I read lots of BL web novels and some fanfics on various Chinese platforms. I also listen to BL-based audio dramas. A few years ago, smut and racy stuff were common. Now, those have been either taken down or re-edited. When it gets to the racy parts, “Lights off!”

            Some writers can be very creative at making their writings imply such content. However, many have either used “…” or “Here would be content considered unsuitable to publish by…”

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          As a regular consumer of various Chinese BL content, I must say, “Censorship sucks!” It’s a pain in the ass trying to decipher words that have been replaced with 口口. Reading older material, written during laxer censorship, whole chunks of missing stuff entire chapters locked really irritate me to no end.

          Often the blocked words are perfectly normal and acceptable in the entire content. Just that the filters are stupid. Even English words, for example, 口口ile (=”smile”) because “sm” (taken as s&m, abbreviation for sadomasochism) is a no-no.

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      That was a beautiful video ~~~

      Keep strong bb!

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    I read that other fandoms took to boycotting XZ endorsements and mass writing to the brands he is representing 🙁 This mess is still not over and it’s not looking good. His fandom really do him.

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      they have to let it play out..
      the other fandoms can see this as their only retort..

      once the dust settles, and original fandom learns the lesson.. xz would be fine..a comeback after a break will put everything in place..

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      @shach Yes, they really did him in. Acted without thinking of the consequences because of course, there would be retaliation. Wish we international fans can do something more to encourage him and show our support. Maybe I’ll like all the videos of him or something! 🙂

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        Good idea @growingbeautifully. Other than that it’s better to let it go and don’t bring attention to this matter until it pass. He has a lot of good will in industry and unless his fans will do something stupid again it should pass. But for sure it will leave dent in his public image for time being.

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    I’ve read about this but I still don’t understand why the fandom has been taking it out on him when he wasn’t responsible. sigh… I feel so bad for him.
    But can I repeat once again, he is sooo beautiful to look at in every way with that smile of his and wonderful voice.
    I just never get tired of looking at him. sigh…..
    Thanks for the video @growingbeautifully!!

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      Maybe he got very famous too quickly and crazy fandom blames him because they have been taught that their idols are in some kind of competition?

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        His fans reported individual writers to authorities, that’s what enraged people the most, and that they played right into government plans to further censor internet content.

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      His fandom reported to authorities not only sites (they not only reported AO3 but other popular Chinese portals too) but individual writers and that could put this people in very real legal trouble, it enraged not only other celebrities fans but people who were creatively engaged on this sites too. Yes he is not at fault but he in the way represents his fandom in the eye of the public so there is that.

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    Thank you for sharing this ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I really needed it, what with all the negative stuff about XZ and his fandom that just keeps and happening and not relenting 😞😞😞😞

    I really believe that he will be able to bounce back once everything is passed, because he, himself, did not do anything wrong personally

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      @bebeswtz Yes, compared to those who were in drug or sex scandals, XZ has been above board. Unfortunately I heard the China Star News guy say that the lady who interviewed him before advised that he should not just remain quiet but be ready to speak up about it. However, I have no clue what he can possibly say. He cannot speak badly about what the fans did nor go against what authorities have laid as rules to follow. Just that general apology that hopes to hit no nerves is all the XZ Studio could do. But it’s considered as not enough.

      From hindsight, if anyone could have guessed what would happen, his people should have if they could have, controlled the fans a bit. I hear that they can give incentives etc and maybe could have prevented it going overboard, but this is only wisdom after the damage is done.

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        Like you said, the damage is done. Unless an official statement comes out from somewhere—someone— clarifying and completely detaching Xiao Zhan from everything, nothing more that he says or does will help, his words and actions will just be twisted and used against him. It’s the same with us fans: The more we try to say or do to defend him and try to help the situation—even if our motives is good— it will only be twisted and used against us for now because the situation is still attached to him (even though it’s just all rumours and angry speculations & allegations for now, nothing confirmed).

        So I actually think it’s smart for him to keep silent for now

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        This whole thing makes me sick. It’s like XZ has become WWX in real life, being blamed and vilified when he did nothing wrong.
        My daughter always says social media is a shark infested water.

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      he will and that’s what i believe will happen

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    I found this article helpful and informative (I haven’t watched your vid yet by Ave X but will, so thanks for the link):
    https://38jiejie.com/2020/03/03/xiao-zhan-continues-to-suffer-backlash-from-the-ao3-controversy/?fbclid=IwAR3QIs-RSbuCxRT0oFNg4w02y2WhS8jZlcz3lWBaSV2pTbO0SA4CiHoYDcs

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    I feel so bad for him. He does not deserve all these hates he’s getting. Aside from the fandom bringing this up, the apology from the studio did more damage than control/put an end to the situation.

    Also, may the fandom and to whoever started this (I’m in no place to judge but DAMN did they make a mistake or what), learn a lesson from this.

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    I had no idea this was happening and had to google to see the background story as well. Found this very informative video regarding the situation:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yZ-d7FP2ak

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I’m not sure if this was posted by anyone here, however, here’s Xiao Zhan laughably making mistakes at the Ellemen interview. He made so many and he thought they’d be edited, I think, but nope!

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    So cute as usual. Thanks! I saw this vid on YT but didn’t watch it as I get notices for probably dozens of XZ vids a day and just can’t watch them all! Glad you posted.

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    HE IS SUCH A SQUISHY MARSHMALLOW 😍😍😍🥰🥰🥰😘😘😘 I wanna take him home 🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺

    I love how he’s not so obsessed with keeping up with his ‘Idol’ image and just laughs everything off…. It’s so freeing and relaxing to see

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      He was probably feeling freer, thinking that those parts would be cut out of the final aired video. So funny. I wonder if he’d be the same if he knew they’d keep the errors as they were. 😂 😁

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        I don’t think he would be or feel any different ☺️☺️☺️ Xiao Zhan is like that— he is unapologetically himself, and is comfortable with that fact… He is known to be SUUUUUPER polite, humble, hardworking, respectful and has a higher-than-most- people work ethic compared to other “idols” and because of all of this, he’s been called “fake” and superficial a LOT of times by others (it’s a large reason why many anti-fans called him out and said that his donations to the coronavirus was extra and unnecessary and disrespectful to his seniors in the industry for over ceding his seniors in the industry once they found out about his efforts—and before the antis even found out about his donations, they called him out and asked why hadn’t he donated yet… sigh, you can never please everyone), but he still remains himself, not choosing to change just because of the hate he gets…

        He explains it in this interview (Links are English subbed 🤗🤗)— it’s one of my favourite interviews of his

        Part 1
        https://youtu.be/Z5qqGYYhXRY

        Part 2
        https://youtu.be/nFu0peT2dJs

        Part 3
        https://youtu.be/mHqafVSNV5w

        Part 4
        https://youtu.be/nGBoxIOF5AE

        Part 5 (extra footage)
        https://youtu.be/EUsShNVWM58

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          Crazy people. Do they think guy has to make a poll to try to please them and give only the amount they think it’s respectable? Everything must be some competition? I can’t even believe he has anti fans, the whole fan culture is so strange for people from far away.

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            I’m not surprised he has antis… No one can ever please the whole entire world and it’s impossible to make everyone like you, being a public figure is no different. How he responds to said antis, though, is his choice, and so far, I have not seen or heard (and don’t think I ever will) it having an impact on him

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          You’re a genuine fan @bebeswtz!!! XZ needs more sincere people like you. Poor guy is put into hot soup for nothing, just because others want to be ‘difficult’, have issues, are suicidal, etc. I’m referring of course to the unwarranted wars over the AO3 etc fan fic sites and its spillover. Poor XZ.

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            Thank you @growingbeautifully ❣️

            This whole AO3 thing…. sigh…. I don’t even know where to start.

            It all bottles down to censorship and it breaks my heart that it’s come this far, especially now that some people have literally put their lives on the line, but that is all I’m going to say about this issue. I’m not going to takes sides, I’m not going to try to defend or justify anything or anyone.

            After XZ Studio put out that official statement yesterday, maybe or maybe not they did more—or HE—might’ve done more or may have done NOTHING more, we don’t know. From what I can guess, though, as a fan—as a HUMAN BEING— is that I’m sure he takes this seriously, especially now that people have their lives on the line, but we don’t know how he will respond it either, publicly or privately. He’s a public figure, but is very private person at the same time, and I don’t blame the guy. But I do hope that he will be able to bounce back from this.

            I just hope that everyone will come out of this okay

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            As for being a fan of things in general, I’m sure that people can see from my Fan Wall and what I choose to post and put out, I’m actually very particular and choose-y about the things I like and decide to follow and become a fan of.
            I’m not a fan of every and all Kpop groups (male or female). I’m not a fan of every Kpop solo artist (male or female). I’m not a fan of every K-actor/actress.
            My standards of choosing who and what to be a fan of bottles down to what I can see and take from the artist/actor/actress when it’s the quieter moments and the less flashy moments.

            Since we are on the topic of him:
            The moments like the more chill interview above of Xiao Zhan. Moments like when his eyes sparkle when he talks about his cat, Nut. Moments when I can find consistency in his personality & how he treats people on and off the camera. So much nowadays can be faked or can be done just for show so that a public figure gains traction and gets people to believe what the PR team behind the artist wants the public to believe. But for Xiao Zhan in particular, I don’t think he’s fake. I definitely can see that he is a genuine person who chose to enter the entertainment business because he genuinely enjoys what he does. Hardly anyone would leave a good-paying job—that s/he went to school and spent all that money and time on— or would tell their parents “No, I don’t need your money, I just need your moral support” just to put everything on the line to debut so late in the biz to “hope for the better”, no. He chose to enter the biz because of his hobby in singing but found a love of acting and has simply been working towards that since. Everything else and everyone else he has or will encounter, that will give him a boost in his entertainment career (like “The Untamed”), I don’t believe he takes for granted, nor will he ever take anything related to his entertainment career for granted

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            Long reply, sorry 😅😅😅

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            poor XZ. mess is an understatement of what has been going on for the last several days and still going on in weibo regarding XZ. oh i pity my son. i want to give him a hug.

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    ❤.❤.❤.❤.❤.❤.❤.❤.❤.❤.

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    I wonder if translation is correct? He is 64kg being 1.80m ? That’s way too skinny and he talks as if it’s good, and people ask about it as if it’s ok to keep asking about his weight, and it’s all crazy kk.

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      Hi @lixie yup, that’s one of the normal topics for questions. Strange, right? As if because he’s a celebrity and Korean, it’s anyone’s business. What’s your age, weight, breadth of shoulders, job, … got a girlfriend? … getting married soon?

      I agree that he’s probably underweight. Don’t know why celebrity ‘beauty’ involves being emanciated.

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    why is my son so cute?

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FMV is on the Nie boys … there’s news that the other movie spinoff from The Untamed, “Fatal Journey” will be showing soon, since its poster is out.

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This one is a different kind of video. It’s to support the people of China who have been fighting COVID-19 together. It touched me with its patriotism and determination. Jia You China! Fighting China!

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Another interview with Xiao Zhan, looking his natural best, & speaking in his usual down-to-earth way about himself & his relationship with his parents and Nut. Refreshing & always a pleasure to watch

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The Untamed OST by AvenueX. Sweet, unadorned, pensive. Brings back the feels!

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