On October 11, dating rumors were circulating for former “Youth With You” trainee, Alvin Shi Zhan (施展), after YOUKU reportedly released a video of him and a female companion at his home. The media claimed Shi Zhan was at the airport with his assistant. After parting with fans, he returned home. A “mysterious woman” was reportedly seen at his apartment accepting a delivery. The next day, Shi Zhan and his female friend were at a friend’s gathering and later went to a place to play a murder mystery game. It was raining that day and Shi Zhan was said to have given his hat to his female friend. He took it back after they got to a restaurant. They were reportedly seen going back to his home after dinner.
Due to the dating rumors sparking up, the female companion in the video denied the dating rumors and said, “Bro, I just woke up to see this. What is going on? I went to Beijing and it just so happens my grandfather’s relatives were also in Beijing so we hung out together. I’ve also known Shi Zhan for many years. We’ve also hung out in the past. Also, what we played was Escape Room, not Murder Mystery Games. Really shouldn’t have crazy thoughts about it anymore.”
Shi Zhan reposted her post on October 12 and said, “Don’t spread rumors, don’t believe in rumors, don’t spread rumors. Mutually maintaining a healthy online environment starts with you and me.” Shi Zhan’s studio also issued a statement denying the rumors and said they were false. They also urged the public to stop the spread of the rumors and the video and that him being secretly filmed was already an infringement of his privacy.