Popular Chinese make-up vlogger He Yuhong goes public with claims of abuse by ex-boyfriend

Mandy Zuo

Police in western China are investigating a popular make-up vlogger’s claims of physical abuse by her former boyfriend after she posted a video and details of the allegations online on Monday, the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women.

He Yuhong, known online as Yuyamika, said on Chinese social media platform Weibo that her former boyfriend Chen Hong, a 44-year-old illustrator, abused her repeatedly during their one-year relationship, which began in September last year.

He, 28, also posted screenshots of text conversations with Chen, surveillance camera footage and testimony from two of Chen’s ex-wives to back up her case.

Police in Jiangbei district, Chongqing, where Chen and He live, launched an investigation into the claims and the local women’s federation was providing legal aid to He, the district’s public security bureau said in a Weibo post on Tuesday.

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He, who has more than 2 million followers on video app TikTok and is best known for transforming herself into Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, said she came forward because she did not want there to be any more victims.

“I hope this is not too late,” she wrote.

Calls to He on Tuesday went unanswered but one of her friends, Zhao Mengjiao, who also appeared in the video, said on Weibo that He was safe and the case would be handled by a lawyer.

Chen has not responded publicly to He’s claims.

In her posts, He said the abuse started in April when Chen slapped her on the face a dozen times after they argued about him hanging out with another woman. She forgave him after he apologised but the violence escalated in further confrontations.

In a fourth incident, He was dragged out of a lift by her feet by Chen, she said, offering the surveillance footage as evidence. Chen later grabbed her by her neck and hit her head against the wall, He said.

Eight days later she was beaten up again, with Chen pushing her to the ground, kicking her and stepping on her face, she said.

She said she then split up with Chen but it never occurred to her to contact the police, something she regretted.

“Because I didn’t call the police and have my injuries checked in time, it’s useless to turn to the police afterwards,” she wrote.

Two of Chen’s ex-wives came forward to share similar experiences after hearing about He’s story.

Jin Qiu, Chen’s second ex-wife who divorced him in 2012, said in the video that Chen abused her multiple times during their short marriage, including hitting her head against a wall.

Chen’s first ex-wife, who identified herself only as Abu, said He’s experience mirrored her own a decade earlier.

“If we keep it a secret, the same thing may happen again many times,” Abu said. “There may be more and more girls getting hurt.”

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