Former EXO member Kris (Wu Yifan) made headlines again yesterday, when Chinese media reported that he is in a relationship with Chinese actress Xu Jinglei, who is 16 years his senior and the director of his first solo project – a movie titled Somewhere Only We Know.
Following Kris’ sudden withdrawal from the South Korean group in May, reasons for his exit have been widely speculated online. The report yesterday claimed that the 23-year-old was assisted by his rumoured lover, Jinglei, to depart from SM Entertainment.
According to an insider, Jinglei was attracted to Kris since his EXO days. Despite the huge age difference between them, the two were said to get along well and Kris was allegedly very reliant on the actress.
As a result, some netizens questioned the credibility of the news, saying that it is a marketing tactic for the movie. After learning about the reports, Jinglei said that she is “speechless” and posted on her microblog: “Is this a joke? From overseas friends?”
Meanwhile, Kris has yet to comment on the rumours.
Stanley Huang and Xu Jinglei