Being a public figure is tough. One moment, fans are going crazy over you, and the next, they’re scrutinising every extra pound and wrinkle, and accusing you of letting yourself go.
Well, newsflash: celebrities are human too, and everyone ages (well, some better than others, but that’s not the point).
However, that hasn’t stopped netizens from having dramatically negative reactions to recent pictures of actors and Infernal Affairs co-stars — and sworn enemies? — Edison Chen and Shawn Yue.
The first one on the virtual chopping block was Shawn, who recently attended the Tommy Hilfiger show at London Fashion Week with his wife, model Sarah Wang.
Despite looking very smart in his double-breasted suit, netizens immediately noticed that the 38-year-old was not as chiselled as before, and his “transformation” soon became a hot topic on social media.
Some of the comments read: “How did he suddenly look like he’s in his 40s or 50s?” and “After not hearing news about you for so long, your weight gain suddenly became a trending topic”.
One netizen also remarked that Shawn now looks like, um, 64-year-old Chow Yun Fat.
However, there were also many who came to Shawn’s defence. “Isn’t this what a married man should look like?” wrote one netizen, while another said, “This isn’t too bad! What’s important is that he’s happy.”
Also on the receiving end of age-shaming comments was Edison, who shared a very sweet photo of himself having a Valentine’s Day breakfast with his supermodel wife Qin Shupei and their daughter Alaia.
Instead of fawning over this adorable — and rare — family-of-three shot, netizens zeroed in on the crow’s feet around Edison’s eyes, saying that he’s gone from being a “god” to an “uncle”.
Like what happened to Shawn, some netizens pointed out that Edison, 39, is starting to look like a much older superstar: 58-year-old Andy Lau. This comparison makes a little more sense since Edison played the younger version of Andy’s character in Infernal Affairs. But we're not sure how the famously ill-tempered Ed would take to that comparison since Andy is a good two decades older.