Leaked text messages scandal

Fang’s sincerity questioned

Mediacorp actor Ian Fang apologised on his Instagram account on May 19, 2019, for the scandal caused by a series of leaked text messages with fellow artist Carrie Wong.
Mediacorp actor Ian Fang apologised on his Instagram account on May 19, 2019, for the scandal caused by a series of leaked text messages with fellow artist Carrie Wong.PHOTOS: IAN_IANIZATION / INSTAGRAM, BORISLIN0713 / INSTAGRAM

Mediacorp actor Ian Fang has apologised for the scandal of a series of leaked text messages with fellow artist Carrie Wong, breaking his social media silence after news about the incident broke last week.

But his apology sparked a retort from Wong’s boyfriend, Taiwanese model Boris Lin, who appeared to question Fang’s rationale for issuing it and the actor’s sincerity.

Yesterday, Fang, 29, posted on Instagram a screenshot of a note written in Chinese, apologising to those affected by the incident, including Yanxi Palace actor Lawrence Wong. It was Fang’s first Instagram post since May 11.

“One needs to be accountable for his mistakes and face the consequences and I will take responsibility for this incident and reflect on my words and actions,” the note read.

Fang added that he has engaged a lawyer to handle matters regarding the privacy breach and allegations that have been made.

“I hope that the public can give me a chance to change for the better and to prove myself,” he wrote.

“I will not hurt those who love or support me, or cause my mother to shed tears over me again.”

In his apology, he thanked Mediacorp’s artist management arm The Celebrity Agency (TCA) for its support and advice as the scandal unfolded.

“To be a good actor, I need to be a good person, and I have much to learn,” he said.

 
 
 

The leaked private chats between Fang and Carrie Wong, 25, included coarse language that suggested they had a physical relationship.

The chats also criticised actor Lawrence Wong, who is currently working with Carrie Wong on upcoming Channel 8 production My One In A Million. One of Fang’s leaked messages said: “You have to win (Lawrence Wong) and let him know that we don’t rely on connections, looks or luck.”

Last Saturday, Carrie Wong’s boyfriend, Lin, released a statement about the matter through his lawyer which was posted on his Instagram account.

In the statement, Lin said that the actress had done nothing wrong and that the pair’s relationship was fine.

“I hope that after this matter, Mr Fang can stop trying to get between us, and respect himself and his friends,” Lin said in the Chinese statement.

TCA said in a statement last Friday that police reports have been made following the leak, and it has sought legal advice on the issue. But hours following Fang’s statement yesterday, Lin posted in Chinese on Instagram a message seemingly in response to the Mediacorp actor.

In his post, Lin did not mention Fang directly, but questioned why a public apology was issued after several days of silence, even though TCA had said that neither Fang nor Carrie Wong would be commenting further on the text message scandal.

“People are not stupid, all everyone wants is the truth,” Lin wrote. The lack of clarity on the incident has led to much speculation and criticism from the public, he said. The Taiwanese also suggested that Fang was playing the victim card and questioned if his apology was genuine or simply to seek attention.

Lin’s post also questioned why the unnamed person he was addressing was still sending flirtatious messages and making calls in the middle of the night, without clarifying who the recipient of these correspondences was.

He also alluded to Fang not going public about his relationship with another person. Fang has been linked to his Mediacorp colleague, Rebecca Lim. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 20, 2019, with the headline 'Fang’s sincerity questioned'. Print Edition | Subscribe