With the upcoming court ordered mediation between former EXO member Kris (Wu Yi Fan) and SM Entertainment over his contract cancellation lawsuit, it’s no surprise that more “scandals” would emerge leading up to the mediation date scheduled on July 8th. This past weekend the Korean media exclusively reported, after being tipped off by an anonymous Chinese entertainment official, that Kris was dating his 16-year older director Xu Jing Lei who cast him as the lead in her new movie Somewhere Only We Know. The tipster claimed that forty year old Xu Jing Lei was enamored of Kris after seeing him debut and pursued him, and he was unable to resist her mature woman allures and ended up falling for her when she encouraged and supported his leaving EXO after unhappiness with being under SM.
The tipster even claimed that the relationship was a well known secret within the Chinese entertainment circles. Xu Jing Lei is in Prague filming and when asked about this rumor, she was so amused she asked if this came from the fertile mind of the international netizens and didn’t even want to respond to something so moronic and absurd. Xu Jing Lei has been rather openly dating her Go Lala Go! costar the Taiwanese-American singer-actor Stanley Huang for the last five years, and last month the C-media even speculated the couple was actually married already after Xu Jing Lei’s recent immigration form was leaked where she marked off “married”. Her movie Somewhere Only We Know is purported to commemorate her romance with Stanley as a love letter of sorts. Sometimes “leaks” have the whiff of possibility but this one smells so badly like SM trying to smear Kris as some sleazy dude who glommed onto a powerful older lover who backed his departure from EXO.
If Xu Jing Lei and Kris really are dating, then that’s fine by me since it’s their personal life. I’m just thoroughly amused that this “scandal” doesn’t seem to be well researched in advance by the Korean media who reported on the Chinese “tipster” since there was no mention of Xu Jing Lei supposedly breaking up with Stanley to be with Kris or even having had a longtime boyfriend before falling for Kris after seeing his face on TV with EXO’s debut. Someone didn’t do their research beforehand tsk tsk. Xu Jing Lei and Stanley have not broken up, the C-media still snaps them heading in and out of her apartment even as of last month.
Also….why would the K-netizens so quickly believe this rumor, as if it’s just so believable that Xu Jing Lei would trade Stanley for a kid who is barely out of short-pants in terms of career development, life experience, and manly allure?