“What exactly is going on between you and Chen Ming Xu?” Lu Tian Chen crossed his arms and voiced out his question like he was interrogating a criminal.
Tang Feng skimmed through the article. It clearly described his past relationship with Chen Ming Xu and shockingly enough, the author had managed to hit the nail on the head with most of their analysis. They raised the question of how Tang Feng had been able to become a fixed guest on Chen Ming Xu’s show when he had been an outdated celebrity who didn’t have much to look forward to in the future. According to the information a staff member at the TV station had secretly supplied, Chen Ming Xu had apparently personally asked for Tang Feng’s inclusion into the show himself.
As for the reason why Chen Ming Xu liked to pick on Tang Feng in the show, the article stated that it was a diversion tactic aimed to direct the public’s eyes away from their real relationship. The two of them might seem at odds with each other on the surface, but they had a special relationship in private. After all, Chen Ming Xu would never allow Tang Feng any camera time if he actually disliked the latter.
A photo was tacked on at the end of the article. It was a photo taken on the day Tang Feng had brought Chen Ming Xu home after discovering the TV host was sick. The photo was a bit blurry, but it wasn’t difficult to discern the identity of the two men it showed. There was a caption under the photo: Both never stepped outside for the entire night.
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“These sorts of articles always contain a bunch of nonsense. Chen Ming Xu was sick that day, so I took him home.” Tang Feng smiled faintly and handed the phone back to Lu Tian Chen. “I only went to see him because I wanted to apologize for all the idiotic things I’ve done in the past.”
“You stayed for the whole night?”
“He had a fever.”
“You truly are a kind person,” Lu Tian Chen said with a hint of sarcasm. He snorted lightly and continued, “You weren’t careful enough of your surroundings. Don’t forget that there are always people watching you. You can’t let anyone get hold of information that can be used against you.”
“I know. There’s no point talking about that now. If we had the time, why don’t we use it to think about how we’re going to handle the media?” Compared to Lu Tian Chen, Tang Feng appeared rather relaxed despite it being his scandal. He motioned for Lu Tian Chen to sit and poured them both a glass of whisky. After handing a glass to Lu Tian Chen, he took a seat beside the president.
Lu Tian Chen took a sip of his whisky. The couch inside the apartment the training class had provided for its trainees was rather small. Sitting together on the sofa, they were almost touching each other. He was a person who preferred cleanliness, but surprisingly, he didn’t feel disgusted even though Tang Feng was sitting beside him drenched in sweat. The actor exuded a fragrance mixed with a hint of sweat that fully brought out the appeal of his male pheromones.
It wasn’t the sweet perfume of a woman, nor was it the light, pleasant scent that young men favored. It was the smell of a man, primordial and wild. It was a scent that made people want to lean in closer and sniff deeply.
“You have an idea?” Lu Tian Chen asked expressionlessly.
“I obviously can’t just sit here and wait for my death sentence to be handed down. Although I believe the truth will be revealed with time, lies can also become truths if they are repeated over and over.” Even more so if they are repeated constantly, Tang Feng added to himself. In such a short time frame, all sorts of nonsensical scandals about him had been churned out. He could choose to ignore some, but he would never sit quietly and endure it if an article broached his limits.
Lu Tian Chen chuckled at the actor’s answer. It seemed he didn’t need to worry about the man sitting beside him.
“In my opinion, press conferences and public announcements aren’t useful for obtaining the result we want. Right now, all the scandals involving me have to do with relationships. One minute they’re saying that I’ve been pining after you one-sidedly, next they are saying that you’ve been enforcing the unspoken rules on me, and now they’re dragging Chen Ming Xu and Charles into the mess. There have been more and more scandals about me lately and it’s only going to get worse. At the end of this, the public is going to see me as…uh…someone who has a chaotic private life.” Truthfully, Tang Feng wasn’t concerned about that. However, looking at the current situation, he had to come up with some sort of counterattack. His main goal wasn’t to offer an explanation to the public.
“You do have a point. Continue.”
Tang Feng took a swig from his glass of whisky and smiled at Lu Tian Chen. “I have an idea, but you’ll have to make the final decision.”
Lu Tian Chen lifted an eyebrow in response. “Let’s hear it.”
“We’ll have the PR department throw out a smoke bomb. Two can play at this game of theirs. We’ll have someone pretend to be an insider and leak information to the media and those online discussion boards. If someone’s bent on portraying me as a man who doesn’t have any restraint, then we’ll have someone expose that you’ve been in a romantic relationship with me the whole time.”
Tang Feng finished speaking and watched for Lu Tian Chen’s reaction. “So, what do you think?”
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