On June 9, a notorious paparazzi known for underwhelming stories, hyped up netizens when he hinted that his upcoming leak involved NINE PERCENT. The preview of the rumor stated it involved a male artist that debuted from “a male survival show with over 20 million fans and has done many top level variety shows with a good functioning brain”. The female artist in question is “a popular female artist that didn’t debut from a survival show and 10 years his senior.”
Netizens started speculating the NINE PERCENT member was Justin Huang Minghao (黄明昊) based on the clues given. As for the female artist, netizens speculated it was former “Youth With You 2” trainee, Flora Dai (戴燕妮), who is born in 1993, 9 years older than Justin Huang. Some netizens went to Flora Dai’s Douyin and left some vile comments such as, “Don’t harm, Xiao Jia (Justin)”, “How did you possess Huang Minghao to fall for you?”, “Not ruling out [you’re] trying to gain clout”.
The paparazzi in question said he was going to release the news on June 11 at 11:00 am CST (China Standard Time). However, he never released anything, leaving many netizens wondering what happened. Flora Dai seemingly responded to the rumors at 1:39, saying, “The innocent knows they’re innocent. This has nothing to do with me.”
Justin Huang’s side hasn’t addressed the rumors.