The divorced couple responsible for the rumors that Malaysian badminton player Goh Liu Ying was having an affair with a married man came out to apologize in front of the press yesterday.
The apology came days after a woman named Vivienne Chen labeled Goh a “homewrecker” and posted photos online that purportedly showed the 31-year-old athlete cosying up with a man. The Facebook post has been deleted but the photos have resurfaced on other online platforms.
“I am very regretful and apologetic of my reckless behaviour which affected Liu Ying’s reputation,” Chen said. “I would like to confirm that Ms Goh Liu Ying is not a homewrecker.”
Her ex-husband Leonard Lim also chimed in, blaming himself for not managing his personal affairs better, causing his ex-wife to lead the public into thinking that Goh was the third party that led to their marriage ending in 2017.
Lim said: “I am deeply sorry about all the false information made against Goh Liu Ying, which has recently been circulating on social media.”
“This issue is caused by my failure to handle the problems from my former marriage with my ex-wife, who misused social media platforms to lead the public into the misunderstanding that Liu Ying is a third-party of my marriage,” he added.
Lim did not comment on the identity of the man allegedly photographed with Goh.
Two of the photos in question were dated May 1 and purportedly showed Goh kissing the unidentified man, whose face was blurred out. Another two photos apparently showed them at a Korean barbeque restaurant. The caption read: “Since you love my man so much, I will give him to you.”
Goh, who is an Olympic silver medalist, took to social media yesterday to deny the affair and said that she might take legal action.
“All the recent rumours on the Internet are totally unfounded and baseless,” Goh wrote. “I will not hesitate to take legal action against those who maliciously attack me or further spread malicious and false lies on the Internet.”
She also assured fans that this episode will not affect her preparation for the Tokyo Olympics next year, where she will compete in the mixed doubles category.
“I would like to reiterate that I am fully committed to my badminton career and this will not affect my preparation for the Olympics,” she added.
She did not immediately respond to Coconuts KL’s request for further comment.
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