Yi Yang was very proactive regarding the scandal between him and the small starlet. The next day he wielded his influence like a blade, he refuted rumors, issued warnings and dispatched legal letters to various corners of the internet. He also sent a letter to the entertainment company Zuo Rong was under: ‘I hope that your company can manage its artists better in the future.’
And although the Yi Group more or less had nothing to do with the entertainment industry, was there anyone who would be so brainless as to offend such a huge company on behalf of a little starlet?
Zuo Rong’s team had been waiting and allowing the situation to continue to ferment. They planned to release her ‘sincere clarification’ only when the issue had reached its peak in the public’s perception. That was until she received a call from her director in the company demanding a clarification to be sent out.
The director, who was receiving pressure from his boss, was unhappy when he called Zuo Rong, “Zuo Rong, who told you you could scheme hype off of Yi Yang? Did you report your plan to the company? Was it approved by the company? Post a clarification immediately. Do you know who Yi Yang is? Do you really think that because you worked on two mediocre dramas you became a phoenix that could soar in the sky? I’m telling you, the boss already knows about your blunder, and he’s very angry. The boss said that after you finish filming the drama you’re working on, you should go ahead and have a good long rest at home.”
For the stars in the entertainment industry, there were no words more taboo than “rest at home”. The entertainment industry changed rapidly. Only the stars who could constantly appear in front of the audience would not be forgotten. You want to take a little break? When you come back, the whole industry will have changed, who would still recognize you?
The director didn’t give Zuo Rong a chance to explain at all. He just hung up the phone directly.
Zuo Rong was stunned by the sudden call. After sitting in a daze for a while she thought to check the current situation on the internet.
Zuo Rong was very beautiful and over the years she hadn’t been embroiled in any scandals, she had a good rapport with her fans and was very popular. Additionally, there was recently a video of Xu Xinyi scolding her to tears, so many people had a good impression of Zuo Rong.
As soon the several photos of her and Yi Yang were released, the water army* she hired had entered a steady rhythm. They spread the news all over and left comments saying that the two of them were well matched or that they were a couple that were made for one another all over the place on the internet.
Many netizens with skilled imaginations had already posted various speculations and analyses, like bamboo shoots springing up after a spring rain. Fans had already sent their blessings and some people were saying that their relationship was like a ‘Domineering CEO’ romance novel come to life.
“These two are a perfect match! They are clearly made for each other! “
“My family’s Zuo Rong finally found herself a boyfriend. This old mother is left with tears of excitement. I hope President Yi can be kind to our family in the future.”
“She found a big boss! I support this CP!”
“This set of photos couldn’t have come out without Presiden Yi’s approval. I feel that President Yi saw the video of that witch Xu Xinyi bullying Zuo Rong on set, so he released these photos on purpose to give Xu Xinyi a stern warning.”
“Sitting and watching President Yi slap Xu Xinyi’s face, this is a good show! hee hee.”
The comments had even jumped over to Xu Xinyi’s Weibo to scold.
But before dawn, the plot was reversed.
First, President Yi’s company released a statement that their meeting was only for a moment or two and that the suddenly released photos were clearly the result of a setup. Then, there was a clarification issued by Zuo Rong’s company that the two were clean and had nothing to do with each other.
The word “setup” used in the first statement was very interesting.
Thinking about it carefully, it could easily be understood that Zuo Rong directed and acted this whole one-man show all by herself in order to climb up by riding Yi Yang’s hype.
Zuo Rong’s fans stopped jumping around, The bloggers who spread the photos quietly deleted their blogs. Several posts about the two people were also locked and the world was suddenly quiet on the issue.
Now the tone of the netizens had changed and all the comments Zuo Rong looked at were mocking her for creating gossip and trying to climb up using Yi Yang. She was trembling all over.
In the past, it was not uncommon for a star to buy out slots in the entertainment news to insinuate she was together with some second generation of a rich and powerful family. Typically, those second generation rich and would not even notice they were being used and even if they did notice, they would not care. Then, after a few days, the star would post a clarification on Weibo. She would earn a wave of traffic and no one would be the wiser.
This tactic was tried and true and many artists had used it but why was it that only for her it blew up in her face?
Didn’t the company usually turn a blind eye to these small hype tricks artists use?
Suddenly, the door of the dressing room was pushed open.
Xu Xinyi waltzed in and sat straight in front of a makeup mirror. After noticing Zuo Rong’s face, Xu Xinyi asked with a strange voice, “Zuo Rong, why does your face look so ugly today?”
She affectionately handed the blush on the table to Zuo Rong’s makeup artist. “Give her a little more blush, it will make her look better.”
From the side, a makeup artist came forward and started doing Xu Xinyi makeup.
“Oh, by the way, Zuo Rong, I heard there was something between you and that one from the Yi Group. What’s going on? Come on, can you tell me? “
Anya said from the side, “Xinyi, don’t you read Weibo? The Yi Group already issued a clarification and stated that it was purely a setup. But even before that, I felt like it was strange. The Yi heir is a person worth tens of billions, so how could he think of a tiny starlet? It turned out to just be a setup. In this world, some people really need to take a hard look in the mirror. Do they think they deserve it?”
Xu Xinyi put on an expression of sudden realization. She gently looked at Zuo Rong. “So it was like this. Zuo Rong, it’s all right. Don’t worry. Even though you lost this opportunity and probably you will lose the next one too, but you will catch a rich second generation sooner or later.”
Her expression was arrogant and her tone was mocking. In fact, as soon as she had seen Zuo Rong, Xu Xinyi had wanted to tear into her. It seemed she really was the picture of a vicious woman.
Asking her to keep from being vicious?
Was that even possible?
What’s more, this kind of backstage gossip, how could it be passed on to the dog ears of that man Yi Yang?
The following period was calm and peaceful. Half a month later, the crew of “Bei Bei’s Promotion” successfully finished filming.
Xu Xinyi, who was ready to go home and lie down for a while, received a new script and accompanying novel that Anya had prepared for her.
“I gave you the original novel that the drama is based on, so you should find the time to read it, lest you join the crew and they say that we are unprofessional.”
The new drama “The Way of the Phoenix” was Xu Xinyi’s next focus. She would be playing the leading actress and wearing an ancient costume. Acting opposite her would be the leading actor Han Xiao.
With regard to this Han Xiao, it could be said that he was recognized as a male god in the entertainment industry. Such a heavyweight male star had long been active in the film industry and had become a regular guest of many directors with films on the big screen. Generally, he seldom bothered to act in TV dramas. Of course, as a male god, his appearance was impeccable. Being able to act with him was the dream of many female stars.
How could Xu Xinyi not be excited when such a big steamed bun was about to be delivered into her mouth?
That night, she took out the original novel and appreciated it carefully.
Chapter 23: Bathing Together.
Chapter 47: A Forced Kiss.
Chapter 89: Wedding Night.
Chapter 128: Rainy Night at the Temple
Chapter 159: We Went to Wushan Together.
Chapter 207: Deep in the Night
Thus, when Yi Yang entered the room, he saw Xu Xinyi holding a book while lying askew on the sofa, reading attentively, and occasionally giving out a low laugh or licking her lips in a way that she probably didn’t even notice.
Xu Xinyi ignored him.
Yi Yang frowned and repeated loudly, “Xu Xinyi!”
Xu Xinyi started, and seemed to come back from the world of the novel. She looked up and saw Yi Yang but, still half-immersed, the corners of her mouth would not stop rising.
“Husband? You’re back? “
Yi Yang glanced at her book. “What are you reading?”
Xu Xinyi generously showed him the novel, “It’s the original novel of my next drama. You’d better take a bath and go to bed. It’s so late.”
Yi Yang was not interested in her drama and immediately went into the bathroom to take a bath.
When he came out from the bathroom, Xu Xinyi was still there reading the novel. She was so engrossed she hadn’t even changed her posture.
Seeing that it was still early, Yi Yang sat on the other side of the sofa and started to flip through some of today’s work.
–“‘You want to be queen, so I conquered the whole world for you. Without you, what use would it be for me to have the world?’ Oh, my God, that line is so domineering! And after that line, Han Xiao will kiss me. …no, no I can’t think about it. My heart won’t be able to stand it!”
–“‘This is a feast, a feast of reunion after a long separation.’ The man leans in heavily while whispering with a voice full of emotion. …wow, so I’ll be doing this scene? With Han Xiao? Oh, I’m blushing!”
–“‘Even though she was an honest girl who never even had a kiss, now she was leaning against his naked chest. Now, there were no secrets between them. Every now and then, she reached down to treat the hideous, bone-deep knife wound on his waist.’ …naked? There are no secrets? Han Xiao certainly can’t wear clothes in this scene! I heard that Han Huan has eight-pack abs, so maybe I can touch them during the scene! No. No! Xu Xinyi, you must show restraint!”
–“But Han Xiao is so handsome! I can’t wait! Why can’t the crew start work tomorrow!”
Yi Yang, who had been looking at his tablet in front of him, impulsively looked down at his belly and touched it.
Was an eight-pack so great?
Just look at Xu Xinyi’s slovenly appearance!
Wait a minute…
Yi Yang glanced over, “Xu Xinyi, what’s your next drama?”
Xu Xinyi looked up and held up the cover of the novel to show him, “The Way of the Phoenix.”
“Are there any kiss scenes?”
Xu Xinyi blinked. Then, not panicking at all, opened her mouth and said, “No.”
“Is there a sex scene?”
“Are there any scenes of intimacy?”
Yi Yang narrowed his eyes and looked at her suspiciously. “Really?”
—“So what if there are? I already signed the contract. What kind of drama I act in is my freedom. Can you interfere? Even if you try, I’ll go straight to grandpa, and then we’ll see how he sorts you out.”
“…” Yi Yang put down the tablet, “Xu Xinyi, you need to be clear that you are a woman with a husband. So don’t get close to other men outside. Also, remember, you are 27 years old, and you will be 28 in a few months. Don’t waste time looking at the men outside like you are still a young girl. Don’t you feel ashamed at that age?”
With that, Yi Yang got up and left, not giving Xu Xinyi any chance to retort.
Looking at Yi Yang’s back, Xu Xinyi took a deep breath.
–“…at that age?”
–“Murder is against the law. Murder is against the law. Xu Xinyi, calm down, think about Han Xiao, think about the kiss scene, think about the bed scene, think about the naked scene. You mustn’t kill this dog man called Yi Yang in a moment of impulse!”
–“You 28-year-old old man, get out of here! I will always be eighteen! Eighteen!”
Because of the words of Yi Yang, the dog man, Xu Xinyi didn’t sleep well all night. She couldn’t fall asleep because she kept remembering the words ’27 years old’ over and over again. Her anger didn’t stop until dawn the next day, when, after looking at the beautiful face in the mirror she calmed down.
So what about being 27? There were no fine lines, no spots, no gray hairs. As long as she could maintain properly, she would be 18 years old forever!
When the dog man reaches middle age, he will surely age quickly and become pot-bellied. No one will give him a second glance!
At the dining room table, Xu Xinyi warmly fed Yi Yang two pieces of buttered honey toast and poured him a large cup of honey water, before she let him go and with a smile.
“Be careful on your way to work, honey,” Then she pouted, “Kiss.”
Yi Yang stopped and looked back at Xu Xinyi’s crafty eyes that were narrowed into two cunning crescents. Remembering the kiss scene that this woman had been thinking of last night, he sneered and strode forward. Then he pinched Xu Xinyi’s chin in one hand and, like a dragonfly, he skimmed over Xu Xinyi’s lips.
The whole process was no more than three seconds but it left something crackling in the air.
Xu Xinyi’s eyes widened and she could only watch as Yi Yang unexpectedly turned around and pinched her chin, his impeccable face had enlarged in front of her eyes before she knew it.
Then there was a soft tactile sensation on her lips. It was like lightning landed on her lips and the current quickly spread from her lips to her brain, and then to her heart, to her limbs. Her face flushed and her brain buzzed. She could feel her heart thudding in her chest and her limbs weakening.
Xu Xinyi was completely confused.
Yi Yang quickly parted from the kiss. He was so quick he could see Xinyi’s face, which was normally white and flawless, slowly turn red, starting from just a tiny tinge of red that could be seen spreading from the tips of her ears. Soon she was blushing and staring into his eyes, seeming shy and at a loss. It was quite cute.
Rather, it could just barely be considered cute.
“I’m leaving.” Yi Yang pinched her flushed and slightly hot cheek and, feeling refreshed, he turned away.
Xu Xinyi shivered.
After two years of marriage, Yi Yang had always been unwilling to sleep with her in the same bed. He had disdained any physical contact with her at all, let alone suddenly kissing so intimately.
Because she knew that Yi Yang was a cleanliness freak, she always felt at ease even when she provoked Yi Yang boldly.
Her mind whirled as she tried to calculate.
Who was at a loss here?
Xu Xinyi wrapped her arms around herself and choked up silently.
— “I’ve been dirtied.”
“Young master?! Young master, are all right? Please watch where you’re going!”
*this is like paid internet posters (paid for the purpose of creating hype)
**this is an onomatopoeia if that isn’t clear (as in a “bang” sound)