Huang Xiaoming has been making the news for his frequent donations to China’s COVID-19 relief efforts. He also often posts encouraging messages to everyone fighting the outbreak on his various social media accounts.
Now rumour has it that the 42-year-old actor is so invested in the efforts to contain the outbreak because he's been quarantined in a hotel room for over a week.
On February 9, screenshots of a social media post began circulating online. The posts show a picture of a stack of scripts, as well as a shot of a man, who looks like Xiaoming from the back, staring pensively out of a window.
“Sharing [some snaps] from my days of being isolated in the film crew's hotel. After this epidemic passes and when filming finishes, I want to return home to spend some time with my family,” read the post.
It was later reported that Xiaoming was originally scheduled to shoot his upcoming drama Game Changer over the Chinese New Year holidays. However, the coronavirus outbreak caused everything to grind to a halt, with the production crew announcing that they had ceased filming on January 27.
And now with this post, netizens started to speculate if Xiaoming has been quarantined for at least a week.
As if to confirm the rumours, Xiaoming uploaded another video on Monday (February 10) to encouraged those who, like him, "couldn't return home" for the Lantern Festival on February 8 because of the outbreak.
"I didn't go home as well," he said, before going on to rally everyone to stay united. "We can only defeat this virus if we band together," he declared.
In other news, it was reported on January 29, that the actor and his wife Angelababy donated S$39,000 to the Wuhan virus relief efforts. But some netizens voiced out their disappointment with the couple's “measly" donation, pointing out how their 2015 wedding had cost an estimated 200mil yuan (about S$39mil).
Xiaoming and Baby then donated an additional 800,000 yuan (about S$156,000), bringing their total amount of donations to 1mil yuan (about $195,000). It's not clear if the couple had been influenced by the online negativity.
A few days later, Xiaoming made another donation under his own name, this time donating 20 clothes dryers and 140 barrels of cooking oil.
Last week, another post revealed that Xiaoming had asked his friends in South Africa to help him buy 37,000 masks, which were then donated to Tianjin’s metro staff, as well as workers in the Baodi District of the city, with a portion earmarked for the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, Wuhan.
After receiving the masks, the Tianjin Rail Transit company took to their Weibo to thank Xiaoming for his generous donation. The 42-year-old’s many donations have earned him the admiration of Chinese netizens, many of whom heaped praises upon Xiaoming for his continued efforts in helping in the relief efforts.