Tencent’s “CHUANG 2021” (创造营 2021) invited many foreign trainees this year. One trainee, Mika Hashizume referred to as Mika (米卡), from Japanese boy group, Intersection, has caught the attention of many fans for his good looks and his smooth and soulful voice. In the episode that aired on February 20, Mika was challenged to sing Eric Chou’s “Unbreakable Love”, which earned him praise especially since he doesn’t know Chinese. However, like his predecessors, the more popular you get, the more fans want to get to know him.
On February 20, there were viral rumors circulating that Mika had a girlfriend after fans noticed he had liked many posts from the same girl and had very close interactions with her. Fans even noticed he had left a comment on one of her posts from her art account three days ago.
This led to some detective sleuthing from fans. One particular netizen contacted Mika’s mother on Instagram and asked if that girl was Mika’s girlfriend. His mother responded back to this netizen and said, “That’s not his girlfriend.” and that the girl is also Mika’s sister’s friend, “Please tell everyone that’s Ann’s friend too.”
The netizen promised to share this information on the internet so that it would clear up the misunderstandings. As she explained, dating is a sensitive subject for Chinese idols especially when they are starting out. It can be career jeopardizing and lead to a loss of fans. She also explained she didn’t bear to let the rumors fester and his company, Avex, hasn’t responded, so she had no choice but to ask his family. The netizen urged people not to bother his family.
As for the cell phone use, fans explained the trainees had a day off three days ago and were allowed to use their cell phones.
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