On January 20th, photos of Wu Yifan (Kris) smoking caught netizens’ attention and garnered criticism in light of earlier reports of the star’s poor health condition that led up to his lawsuit with SM Entertainment.
In the photo, the artist is seen in a dimly lit restaurant. He is seated at the corner of a table that is covered with food. Despite the dark lighting, fans can spot a cigarette in his left hand.
According to netizens, the picture’s significance comes from the fact that during the earlier stages of the lawsuit with SM Entertainment, Wu Yifan cited his medical reports that showed suspected myocarditis as proof of his overworked schedule.
With the surfacing of this photo, commenters have bound the artist in a catch-22, leaving sentiments that read, “He’s not getting hate for smoking but for saying he had myocarditis and still smoking ㅋㅋㅋㅋ” and “So he either lied about myocarditis or he’s smoking despite it.”
However, other fans state that the supposed cigarette is a stylus pen, countering the above allegations.
It is reported that the two sides of the lawsuit have yet to reach an agreement following their mediation meeting earlier this month.