Huang Zitao (黄子韬) has always been very vocal and direct about his feelings. Last year, he has expressed his inner most feelings of not wanting to be an idol. He also said he didn’t care about a lot of things and people and has been living very happily doing what he should be doing. Whether Huang Zitao likes it or not, he is still a high profile artist and will always be under media scrutiny. Last time, he was spotted with a girl that the media labeled as a rumored girlfriend, but he never addressed the rumors. This time, he was spotted by paparazzi with a bunch of male and female friends, but the media reported it as “Huang Zitao bringing back two pretty females to the hotel at night”, insinuating Huang Zitao was going to engage in a tryst with the two females.
After the pictures made headlines, Huang Zitao put the media on blast for using clickbait titles and misrepresenting the truth. He wrote on Weibo, “Just eating dinner and hanging with my brothers and sisters. Don’t blindly write your (media) headlines anymore, ok? Aside from when I’m working, you can label me as an artist, but in reality, I am a regular citizen. Don’t obstruct my normal and happy lifestyle. Returning to the hotel at night? Let me see the pictures. Even if I did return to the hotel [with the girls], what can you do about it? Don’t be foolish, baby.”
He followed up with another post shortly after, saying, “I didn’t respond only to tell you guys the truth. When I don’t have any projects out, you really need to stay further away from me. If you obstruct my lifestyle, the consequences will be severe.”
Huang Zitao’s father also vented about being secretly filmed. He expressed Huang Zitao has been enduring it each time and that they are always followed by paparazzi. He also said, “What’s the point of following someone and filming their private life all day? If you lose your job and need money, you can work at “L. Tao Entertainment” (Huang Zitao’s company). Isn’t it more meaningful depending on your own set of hands and doing a normal job? Besides, chasing after cars is so dangerous, what if something happens…”
Sina Entertainment later reached out to Huang Zitao’s team and a staff member said, “Reports are not true. It is defaming the artist’s image.”