In response to the emergence of Chinese badminton champion Lin Dan’s extramarital affair scandal on Friday, wife Xie Xingfang expressed that she is willing to stand by with her husband.
“Our family will support this man who takes responsibilities for his actions and is willing to correct his mistakes,” Xie posted on Chinese social networking site Weibo.
“I thank friends and fans for your concern. Our family will weather this storm together,” she continued. Her post even included a photo of the couple’s hands touching their baby son’s tiny hand, AsiaOne reported.
The woman was later identified as model and actress Zhao Yaqi. News of Lin’s extramarital affair quickly became the hottest topic on Chinese social media, and has drawn nearly 2.5 billion views and more than 690,000 comments, according to Global Times. Lin subsequently apologised with a brief message in Chinese: “As a man, I do not make any excuses for myself, but my actions have hurt my family. I apologise to them here.”
Xie, who herself is a former national athlete, recently gave birth to a boy on November 5 after four years of marriage.