Ladies and gentlemen, time to get comfortable because this story about the rumoured breakup between Taiwanese singer Show Luo and Chinese blogger Grace Chow is filled with wild gossip, crazy conspiracy theories and good ol’ fashioned shading.
It began when watchful netizens noticed a sudden lack of interaction between the couple on their respective socials, which inevitably led to talk that things may not be going so well in their eight-year relationship. The discovery of an emo rant on what is supposedly Grace’s private Weibo account then seemed to lend weight to those breakup rumours.
Recently, netizens discovered a blind gossip item on a Chinese online platform that goes into great detail about “a Taiwanese male singer and his influencer girlfriend” who were engaged and had already started making preparations for their wedding before the woman decided to call it off.
The blind item goes on to reveal that throughout the relationship, the woman would drop everything and travel to see her boyfriend at his whim, while taking care of her own flight and accommodation. She also would do whatever it took to curry favour with her boyfriend and his mother, from cooking for them to buying them presents.
However, all her efforts were in vain as they did not change her boyfriend’s womanising ways, and he eventually began two-timing her with a leggy beauty. Still, the influencer held on, but the last straw came when she found out that he had taken a keen interest in yet another woman and had splurged millions of Taiwanese dollars on an exorbitant gift for her, prompting the influencer to end their relationship.
People immediately surmised that the blind item was obviously about Show and Grace. Besides their nationalities and occupations being a dead giveaway, Grace is known to be very chummy with Show’s mother, even referring to her as “mum” herself.
Then there are the cheating allegations. Last year, Taiwanese starlet Cherry Yu claimed that she dated a “pop king” for half a year in 2016 without knowing he was already attached. Evidence from leaked WhatsApp screenshots suggest that the aforementioned “pop king” is Show, whose reps neither confirmed nor denied the reports and said that while the two are acquainted, they have not been in touch for years.
To add fuel to the fire, both Show and Grace recently uploaded content that is being taken as a way of throwing shade at one another.
On March 2, Show uploaded a clip of himself on Douyin, China's version of Tik Tok, dramatically mouthing along to a pre-recorded voice that says, “What is a bare face? It’s one with no drawn-on eyebrows, no fake lashes, no rhinoplasty, no lip-plumping, no jaw surgery, and no face-slimming procedures. That’s a bare face.”
Netizens believe this was a dig at Grace, who has been very open about her cosmetic procedures. About a week later, the 31-year-old posted two photos of herself wearing a T-shirt from an American streetwear brand that — surprise, surprise — Show’s own fashion label was once accused of ripping off.
In the latest development (yes, there’s more), there's speculation that Show may now be seeing his manager, Kini Hsu. On March 13, they both posted pictures of themselves striking similar poses with the same figurine (see below). As far-fetched as it may seem, their followers have speculated that this is their way of taunting Grace and not-so-subtly flaunting their new relationship.
Neither Grace nor Show have directly responded to any of these rather interesting — and frankly juicy — theories. However, Show’s manager (no, not the one he’s been romantically linked to) previously addressed rumours of the breakup, saying, “Show’s love life is a private matter. Please refrain from making up stories and pay more attention to the current pandemic, as well as his health and hard work. Thank you.”
Maybe people are running out of things to do while being stuck at home all day.